Open Space

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  • Phone: 970-328-8698
    Fax: 970-328-7185

    Open Space
    P.O. Box 179
    500 Broadway
    Eagle, Colorado 81631


Portions of Hardscrabble Ranch open for public access

Contact: Diane Mauriello, Open Space Manager, 970-328-8698,

Hardscrabble Ranch Public Access Summer 2018

April 25, 2018 – The Eagle County Open Space Department has determined it will allow limited public access on Hardscrabble Ranch for spring and summer 2018. The property has been closed since the county acquired it last December to allow a management planning process to get underway.

The decision to open portions of the property was made in consultation with the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the current ranch lessee and other partners. Users are asked to keep dogs on a leash at all times while on the Hardscrabble Ranch Property.

The following areas are open for uses as outlined:

  • Paved recreation path, open to non-motorized users
  • Trail Gulch, open to non-motorized users
  • Fishing access to Brush Creek from the paved recreation path, open to non-commercial anglers

The ranch headquarters and working ranch property, as well as fishing on Brush Creek accessed via Brush Creek Road, remain closed to the public.

Additional opportunities for future public access ranging from fishing, to trails, to potential hunting access to adjacent BLM lands will be explored as the management planning process unfolds. More information on the process, including opportunities for public comment, is available at