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Backcountry Wilderness Area Management

The Backcountry Wilderness Area* is 8,200 acres or about 13 square miles of conserved open space. In January of 2006, Shea Homes completed early conveyance of 874 acres to the HRCA to build the Wildcat Mountain Trail System. In May 2009 the rest of the Backcountry was conveyed to the HRCA. In August of 2009 the HRCA opened The Highlands Point Trail System.

Key Backcountry Management Information

Trails and Maps

The Backcountry has over 20 miles of natural surface trails perfect for mountain biking, hiking, trail running, and exploring nature. There are approximately 11 miles of private HRCA Trails and 12 miles of the public Douglas County East-West Regional Trail.
Trails & Archery Range
Trail Closures

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*Note: The Backcountry Wilderness Area of Highlands Ranch is a separate entity from the Backcountry Sub-Association (Residential Community). The Backcountry Wilderness Area of Highlands Ranch is a conservation area owned and managed by Highlands Ranch Community Association.

HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Area Presentations

HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Area Fire Mitigation

HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Area Bench

Mundus Conceptual Plan Final Report for HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Area


Backcountry Planning Areas Advisory Committee Report Regarding Potential Uses of The Backcountry Planning Areas

Mundus Bishop Proposal for Backcountry Wilderness Area

HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Area Study Group Presentation from HRCA


More Backcountry Management Information

Have a suggestion or question? Click to contact the Backcountry Wilderness Area Staff.

Questions? Contact Mark Giebel: email or 303-471-8885.