Backcountry Events

Experience and support the Backcountry Wilderness Area through our six annual events! The proceeds from these events benefits the Backcountry Conservation and Education Fund.

Backcountry Gear Swap - March 3, 7:00 - 10:00 a.m. 

It’s that time again to clean out your garage to make room for all the new outdoor gear you need for next season! Join us and your neighbors to buy and sell all the under-used, and still in-great-shape, outdoor equipment in our community. We’re looking for backpacks, camping gear, skis, headlamps, boots, and anything else—except your long underwear. We do all the seller work: tagging gear, setting up tables, and collecting payment. Sellers just need to register (FREE), fill out an inventory list, drop off the gear, and plot how to spend a check for 80 percent of their earnings! All proceeds benefit the Backcountry Conservation and Education Fund nonprofit. Make sure to sign up for a Friends of the Backcountry nonprofit membership if you want first picks at the early bird shop at 7:00 a.m.!  

2018 Registration


National Trails Day in the Backcountry - June 2, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Gather up a crew and help spruce up the Wildcat Mountain trail system in celebration of National Trails Day! You can register as an individual or as a group (family, friends, or business) and you’ll be assigned a project for the morning. Once our work gloves come off, we’ll have a community party in the Wildcat Trailhead parking lot with a food truck, beer from Living the Dream Brewing Co., and other activities. Participants will park at Rocky Heights Middle School. We encourage people to ride their bikes to the Wildcat parking lot, leave them at the bike corral, and ride a loop to test your work. A shuttle will be available for people who do not want to make the trek from Rocky Heights to the trailhead.


Backcountry Shindig - June 9, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This is the Backcountry Wilderness Area community event of the year! Pack up the family, invite your friends, and join us for a day at Backcountry Base Camp to do everything that makes programs in our 13 square miles awesome. Hop on a hayride, ride a pony, meet the chickens, play in our summer camp area, check out wild animal presentations, and stop by fun booths!

You may also purchase tickets at any HRCA recreation center or call 303-791-2500. Tickets will be available at the door, if not sold out. All ticket sales are final and no refunds will be issued. For general information call 303-791-2500.


Elk Banquet and Drawing - July 20

The Annual Elk Hunt Banquet is the third Friday in July. This event offers residents the chance to hunt just ten minutes from home in the 8,200-acre Backcountry Wilderness Area. We hold a lottery drawing to determine the tags: bull elk, cow elk, coyote, and spring turkey. The number of tags varies year to year as determined by the state. Enjoy an evening of eats, drinks, and fun with fellow Highlands Ranch hunters and conservationists. All of the proceeds raised directly benefit the Backcountry Conservation & Education Fund.

Tickets go on sale in June.

Backcountry BBQ - September 29

Once you’ve enjoyed the openness and fresh air of the Backcountry Wilderness Area by foot, bike, horse, or hayride, it’s easy to wonder what you can do to help protect this island of wild on the Front Range—and give others a chance to learn more about it. Consider this a personal invitation to enjoy a BBQ dinner, beer, and s’mores to raise funds for the Backcountry Conservation and Education Fund nonprofit.

You may also purchase tickets at any HRCA recreation center or call 303-791-2500. Tickets will be available at the door, if not sold out. All ticket sales are final and no refunds will be issued. For general information call 303-791-2500.


Haunted Forest - October 19 & 20

The gates of the Haunted Forest open for two nights only to reveal your nightmares lurking behind every tree and bush! Tickets are sold in 30-minute increments to avoid a long wait. There will be a community area with booths, an outdoor movie, and beer! Park at Rocky Heights Middle School and follow the ghouls into the forest! (Recommended for ages 10+)

Tickets go on sale in September.

Dates for each event detailed above may be found on Events Calendar.

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