This open space is for the dogs — and people, too


Kyle Hawkins goes to the Glendale Farm Open Space dog park every morning with his 10-month old black lab, Trinket. It's near his house, a bonus, but Hawkins said he loves the size of the park and, even more importantly, the people he meets. Hawkins lives on the east side of RidgeGate in Lone Tree.

"It's a nice, big open space," said Hawkins, who mentioned occasionally spotting rattlesnakes at the park.

The 13-acre, off-leash dog park — which is south of Lone Tree, west of Parker and north of Castle Pines — is no secret to Douglas County residents. However, few people know how to take full advantage of the 1.6 miles of the Glendale Farm Open Space Trail, according to Greg Sprigg, who represents Lone Tree on the county's Open Space Advisory Committee.

The trail is suitable for hiking, horseback riding, biking and, of course, taking your dog out for a stroll or afternoon in the park. The property is 145 acres, just east of I-25. It has a variety of chokecherry and wild plum shrubs winding up through Gambel Oak and topping out on a grassland with views of Pikes Peak to the south and the Front Range to the west.

The Glendale Farm Open Space is one of the most popular properties within the Douglas County Open Space Program, Sprigg said.

The trail is rated as moderately easy with some short climbs. Amenities include benches, picnic tables, parking for cars and three horse trailers.

So, how do you get there?

From the south, take I-25 Exit 188 at Castle Pines and follow the east frontage road north two miles to Glendale. From the north, take I-25 Exit 192 at RidgeGate, proceed east under the highway to the east frontage road and south two miles to Glendale on the east side of the road.


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