Open Space

The purpose of the Open Space program is to preserve and protect natural open space areas and wildlife habitat while also providing outdoor recreation opportunities for Eagle’s citizens and visitors. The primary funding source for the program is a 3% lodging tax. The ballot measure establishing the funding source was passed in 1996. The goal at that time was to simply build up a fund balance that would be used for the acquisition and maintenance of natural open space and trails. However, over time, the scope of the Open Space program grew, and the funding has been used to pay for many of the popular new trails and other amenities that have helped define Eagle as an outdoor destination.

The Town of Eagle owns and manages more than 1,300 acres of open space lands. In addition, the Town maintains over 30 miles of paved and soft-surface trails within the Town boundaries. Further, the Town assists with maintenance responsibilities for over 100 miles of trails on surrounding public lands. 

Trail maps and additional information about trails and recreational opportunities in the Eagle area can be found on the Eagle Outside website.

The Open Space program is overseen by the Town of Eagle Open Space and Recreation Advisory Committee and Town Council. The Open Space and Trails Manager is responsible for management of the program. Contact information: Brian Lieberman or 970-328-6542.

Open Space Management Objectives

  • Conserve Natural Characteristics
  • Protect Critical Wildlife Habitat
  • Maintain Scenic Qualities
  • Provide Appropriate Recreational Opportunities

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