Open Space and Trail Information

Current Trail Conditions and Notices 

Eagle Area Trail Conditions Update - March 17, 2023

Seasonal Trail Closures are still in effect for Town of Eagle Open Space and Trails. See information below for which trails are subject to closures. 

For dirt trails that are still open, the trails are MUDDY! Trails are going through a daily freeze-thaw cycle. They may be usable early in the morning while they are still frozen. Once they warm up, they are a muddy mess and no fun to be on. Remember, a muddy trail is a closed trail! 

New Seasonal Closure Dates for Town of Eagle Open Space and Trails  

Starting in December 2022, seasonal closure dates for Town of Eagle Open Space and Trails will change to December 1 - April 15. During the closure period, trails and open space properties are closed to all human activity. The change was made to align closure dates with the Bureau of Land Management and to protect wintering wildlife. Please be respectful of our wintering wildlife and do not use closed trails or open space properties. Closure violations are subject to a maximum fine of $2,650. A full list of seasonal closures can be found below. Outdoor recreational opportunities that are open year-round are also listed below. 

Trail Maps, Open Space Rules, and Information

Trail maps in the Eagle area can be found here. A map of seasonal trail closures in the Eagle Area can be found on this page below. 

Open Space and Trail Rules

  • Observe all seasonal wildlife closures 
  • No littering, Pack it in—Pack it out!
  • Respect the land and tread lightly 
  • Obey all posted rules and regulations
  • Stay on the trail! Use open designated trails only—no off trail riding
  • A muddy trail is a closed trail. If you are leaving tracks, turn back
  • Pets are required to be on leash within the Town Boundary except for the Eagle Dog Park 
  • Clean up after your pet
  • Never scare or harass wildlife - Slow down and give them extra room
  • Practice trail courtesy and yield to other trail users 
  • Plan ahead and be prepared—know the area, your equipment and your ability

Eagle Area Seasonal Wildlife Closure Information

As a reminder, certain trails, open space properties, and public lands in the Eagle area are subject to seasonal wildlife closures. In the winter, deer and elk are stressed while trying to walk through deep snow searching for limited food in cold temperatures. Their energy reserves are low and stress can negatively impact winter survival rates and birth rates. If you encounter deer or elk in open space or urban areas, please do not approach them or force them to move due to your presence.

 Trails that are Closed to all human use from December 1 – April 15

  • Horton Street Trailhead (School House Rock trail)
  • Silver Spur Trailhead (includes: Abrams Ridge, Abrams Gulch, Abrams Creek, and Kill Bill) 
  • Hernage Gulch
  • LOV Connection Trail 
  • Arroyo Trailhead (includes: Third Gulch, Bailey’s, Second Gulch, Mayer Gulch, Turniphead, and Wall)
  • Third Loop of Haymaker (including Extra Credit) 
  • Adam's Way
  • Most open space properties in the Eagle Ranch PUD

Trails that are Closed to motorized and mechanized use (including bikes) December 1 – April 15 
Most lands and trails managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the Eagle area are closed to motorized and mechanized use (bikes) from December 1 - April 15. More information can be found on the Bureau of Land Management website. Some, but not all trails subject to this winter closure in the Eagle area include: 

  • Pool & Ice Descent
  • Dirt Surfer 
  • Will's Thrill 
  • Hillbilly 
  • Belly Up
  • Road Gulch
  • Second Gulch (BLM section)
  • Third Gulch (BLM section)
  • Abrams Ridge and Gulch (BLM section)
  • School House Rock (BLM section)
Exceptions to the rule above include trails in the following section: 

Trails that are OPEN to non-motorized recreation year-round:

  • Boneyard
  • Redneck Ridge
  • Bellyache Road
  • Lower section of the Pool and Ice trail (before the seasonal closure gate) 
  • Haymaker Trail (loops 1 and 2 only - do not go past the seasonal closure gate)
  • Town of Eagle and Eagle Ranch paved recreation paths (including the Crusher Fines Trail)
  • Eagle Ranch golf course – Please observe signage posted by the HOA and golf course personnel
Town of Eagle Spud Cellar Property 
Dubbed the Spud Cellar property in recognition of the structure that was once located in this area, this parcel was part of the expanse of working ranches that stretched from the Town south through the Brush Creek Valley. Today, the property provides a safe heaven for wildlife between the Town and nearby residential areas. As the Town strives to balance recreation and protection of wildlife habitat, we ask that the public avoid this parcel to protect important wildlife habitat. To learn more about the property and efforts to protect this important community resource, please visit the Eagle Valley Land Trust website

Assistance or Help

  • Emergency - Call 911
  • Report a Violation - Eagle Police 970-328-6351, (after hours call dispatch 970-479-2204)
  • BLM - 970-947-2800
  • Open Space and Trails Information - Town of Eagle, 970-328-6542

Open Space Management Objectives

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