connect with conservation

We at Colorado Open Lands love what we do, and we want to share it with our community!

Throughout the year, we host a series of opportunities for you to learn about why land and water protection is so important and how the work gets done. Join us for an upcoming hike, webinar, or open house to deepen your love and knowledge for Colorado and connect with people who feel the same!

These events are:

  • Free to attend,
  • Informative and engaging,
  • Designed for folks new to conservation, and folks wanting to learn more,
  • Open to all ages, (the intended audience is adults, but children are welcome with proper supervision)
  • And most importantly, fun!

Choose your adventure with Colorado Open Lands! Upcoming event dates are below.

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upcoming events

Friday, August 2, 2024 | Conservation hike, kenosha pass

Have you driven through Park County on Highway 285, marveled at all the wide-open spaces, and been curious about the local history and its future? Do you want to learn more about land and water conservation in this area and across the state? This is an opportunity for you!

All the open space on either side of Highway 285 didn’t happen by accident. COL’s four decades of conservation and restoration work has resulted in a network of wild and working lands that will stay open, forever. Your grandkids’ grandkids will be able to enjoy the same sweeping views you’ll see on this outing!

Please join us for a hike and chat on the Colorado Trail leading to an iconic view of the valley floor below. Come spruce up your knowledge as we point out noteworthy plant species along the way and then share the rich conservation history of the beautiful landscape visible from the overlook. Protecting this landscape has been a major accomplishment for COL and, seeing it firsthand, you’ll easily understand why! We hope by the end of our hike you’ll appreciate not only why we work to protect this place, but the tools we have used to do so.

The Details

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Introduction & Light Breakfast Snacks
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Guided Hike

Trail Info:
This 2-mile out and back established trail (dirt, single-track) is considered easy to moderate difficulty with an elevation gain of 300 feet. We will take it easy, stopping along the way, and taking small rest breaks. The beginning altitude is almost 10,000 feet.

Location & Parking:
We will meet on Kenosha Pass, about 75 minutes drive time from Denver. Plenty of parking is available in a lot off of Highway 285. There is a pit restroom available on-site.  The precise location will be shared with confirmed attendees.

What to Bring:
Hiking shoes, warm layer, waterproof layer, sun protection, water bottle, and a willingness to learn! Bring your camera for the incredible view at the trail end. Snacks provided.

Register here by July 29, 2024!

This event has limited spots available. Registration Required.

Friday, September 27, 2024 | Conserved property visit & hike, fairplay

More information coming soon!

Please note that dates listed are subject to change. We do our best to have dates finalized, but weather, landowner availability, etc. may occasionally necessitate a change.

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Past Events

Thursday, June 13, 2024 | Community Conservation Hike, Golden
Friday, March 22, 2024 | World Water Day Webinar
Friday, September 29, 2023 | Community Open House
Friday, June 16, 2023 | Volunteer Day at Santa Maria Ranch
Saturday, May 13, 2023 | Community Conservation Hike



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Questions? Contact Yvonne Schramm at or 303.988.2373 ext. 223.