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Posted on: May 22, 2018

Celebrate the trails at Rueter-Hess Reservoir; join National Trails Day June 2

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Celebrate National Trails Day at Rueter-Hess Reservoir. Get the chance to explore the scenic reservoir from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2. The reservoir will be open for hiking and paddling recreational opportunities.

Guided hikes will be taking place every 60 minutes from 9 to 11 a.m. The hikes will be between 1 mile and 3 miles round trip. The guided hikes will be limited to 30 participants, so registration is recommended. Or, feel free to take a self-guided hike along the 1-mile route. Please keep in mind these are not delineated trails, so bikes and strollers will not be allowed. Additionally, dogs will not be permitted at the reservoir.

New in 2018 – get a chance to paddle on the reservoir as part of the celebration. Bring your own paddleboard, canoe or kayak. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required, and participants who bring their own water craft will need to have it inspected by a certified Colorado Parks and Wildlife inspector. Inspections will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Head to for registration or more information. There will be a fee of $5 per vehicle and $10 for each water craft.

The American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that takes place annually on the first Saturday in June. The program is intended to inspire the public to discover, learn about and celebrate trails.

Rueter-Hess Reservoir is located on Hess Road about 1 mile east of Interstate-25 and the Castle Pines Parkway exit. The Town is teaming up with the Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority – which includes the City of Lone Tree, City of Castle Pines, Town of Castle Rock, Town of Parker, Parker Water and Sanitation District and Douglas County – to determine potential outdoor activities for the reservoir.

Currently, the reservoir is open for recreational programming and special events through both the Town of Castle Rock’s and the Town of Parker’s Parks and Recreation departments. Further development will open opportunities for residents to enjoy hiking, biking and non-motorized boating on a regular basis. However, the entire plan will take up to six years to complete. For now, registering for events like National Trails Day is a great way to utilize the reservoir recreationally.

More information about the recreational master plan developed for the reservoir is available at

Questions about National Trails Day? Contact Natural Resource Specialist Barbara Spagnuolo at Or, get more information at

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