Summit County's Open Spaces
North of Silverthorne Blue River Ranch is newest Open Space
Summit County has been on a serious path to buy and preserve land that helps to create a useful recreational trail system, great areas for wildlife, and planning that organizes development areas so that services can be provided efficiently and serve as a link between that development and the publicly-owned land.
More of Summit County is public land than privately-owned land. The great majority of the public lands are national forest or wilderness areas. These are the highest parts of the county and are impractical for development. The Summit County open space is a nice buffer and interface on the lower lands that surround private land.
How the county is being preserved
Accomplishments since Summit County began its open space program in 1995.
For more information, you can read the county's State of the Open Space Report.