Climbers of all levels and interests can choose from more than 1,000 routes and countless boulder problems spread across Jeffco Open Space lands. Clear Creek Canyon Park and Cathedral Spires Park are legendary climbing destinations, and climbers have long enjoyed scaling the Golden Cliffs at North Table Mountain Park, accessed by the Golden Cliffs Trail on the southern part of the mesa.
JCOS does not install, maintain or inspect hardware related to rock climbing. Climbing is inherently dangerous and completely at the climber’s own risk.
Climbing Management Guidelines
As of January 1, 2016 Jeffco Open Space adopted new climbing management guidelines. The 2016 Climbing Management Guidelines help minimize impacts to the land that have increased as a result of the growing popularity of the sport, along with the Front Range population expansion. These guidelines apply to all climbing, slack-lining and fixed hardware activities on all JCOS-managed properties.
Climbers seeking to install fixed hardware on new routes or to replace existing hardware are required to obtain a permit by submitting a Fixed Hardware Application, which will be reviewed by the Fixed Hardware Review Committee (FHRC) and then a final review will be conducted by the Jeffco Open Space Climbing Committee.
The FHRC is comprised of seven experienced rock climbers from the local climbing community who will help Jeffco Open Space in ensuring that new climbing routes are installed using best management practices. In addition, this committee will give general guidance to Jeffco Open Space in all matters relating to rock climbing and fixed hardware. Interested in joining the FHRC? Complete and submit the FHRC Membership Application.
Seasonal Wildlife Closures
Seasonal wildlife closures are in effect from February 1 through July 31, 2017. Each year Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) uses seasonal wildlife closures at the parks to protect species at sensitive times in their life cycles. This year’s seasonal wildlife closures will be implemented at five JCOS Parks. View all park and map closures for more information