Green and blue tree-covered mountains fading into the distance, a grassy green hillside with trail and cattle fence in the foreground

Tips & Guidelines

Enjoying the Outdoors

To enjoy outdoor adventures, be prepared and follow basic safety guidelines. While we do our best to create a safe environment, this is a nature preserve and wildlife call it home, so please stay on the trail. Also visit Trail Conditions and Safety before leaving to check for trail closures.

Everyone in our community deserves equitable access to nature, regardless of age or physical mobility, so please see our accessibility information and resources below.

Come Prepared

  • Before hitting the trail, tell friends and family where you are going and when you will return as cell coverage can be limited in preserves.
  • Dress for all weather – bring layers and wear sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes or boots.
  • Carry extra water – drinking water is not available on the preserves.
  • Bring a lunch or snacks, especially if hiking with children.
  • Bring a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
  • Bring a small backpack for extra clothes or equipment. 
  • Keep valuables with you for safekeeping.
  • Pets are not allowed in open space preserves – please leave them at home.

Be Courteous to Others

When attending a group activity, please arrive at your designated meeting place a few minutes early. Choose an activity that fits your interests and skill level, and above all, have fun!

Accessibility Resources

Man with hat and face mask in wheelchair on nature trail followed by woman in hat and face maskProviding equitable access to nature is important to us, and we want visitors with all levels of ability to be able to enjoy it. Please visit our resources to find a nature adventure that works for you!