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Tour d’Open Space


PLAN-Boulder will host the 13th Annual Tour d’Open Space (originally known as the Circumnavigation of Mountain Parks and Open Space).   Here are the details:

When: Saturday, October 30th 8:30am start

Where: Meet at the Dowdy Draw Trailhead near Eldorado Springs

How: We’ll go 38 miles by bike, followed by a 7.5 mile hike.

Why: To raise awareness for the current Open Space sales tax (County Issue 1B), the Renewable Energy sales tax (City of Boulder Issue 2B), and because it’s fun!

The Tour will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Dowdy Draw Trailhead near Eldorado Springs and consists of a 38 mile bicycle ride and a 7.5 mile walk in a giant loop around the periphery of the City of Boulder’s Open Space holdings. It traverses Marshall Mesa, the Flatirons property, Teller Farms, Whiterocks, Gunbarrel Hill, the Boulder Reservoir property, Boulder Valley Ranch, Wonderland Hills, 4th Street, and a final leg on the Mesa Trail. Bring a mountain bike, water, snacks, sunscreen, and lunch if you don’t want to buy it at Chautauqua. Those who want to do the bike ride only can lock their bikes at Chautauqua and arrange for a car shuttle back to Dowdy Draw.

It should be great weather for the Tour.  The forecast calls for clear skies and 65 degrees temperature – so it should be a good ride. The Tour has been staged before in the snow; there will be no ‘rain date’ or ‘snow date’ postponement.  Riders will be required to wear helmets, but riders should also know that they will be riding and walking under their own risk.  All bike etiquette rules of Open Space should be observed, and riders should use Open Space rest room facilities – no portable facilities will be provided.  We expect that there will be groups formed of riders from all ability levels.  A simple map will be provided, but there will no route directions provided on the ride itself – new riders are encouraged to bring their own detailed map of city Open Space bike trails.

PLAN-Boulder County will host a table at Chautauqua on the lawn (weather permitting) with some snacks and beverages.

If you’d like to join us, please RSVP to so we can get an estimate of how many people to expect.

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