In 2017 MALT facilitated a major land purchase and permanently conserved a 108-acre parcel of land on Floyd Hill Open Space – a highly visible meadow and forested area north of I-70 located in Clear Creek County. MALT brokered the deal with its partners the Trust for Public Land, Clear Creek County, Jefferson County and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). This area has given outdoor enthusiasts access to over 12,000 acres of previously inaccessible public land from I-70, and completes a contiguous network of open space securing the continued protection of wildlife habitat and additional recreational opportunities. The partners in this project recognize that the property is the final piece of a decades-long protection effort for one of the last remaining conservation and new recreational trails along the I-70 corridor between Golden and Idaho Springs.
Floyd Hill Open Space contains outstanding scenic values and provides a gateway into an undeveloped network of open parcels along the ridge of Clear Creek Canyon. The forest and meadow ecosystem provides critical habitat for elk, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, black bear, mule deer and a number of bird species.
MALT has raised funds and partnered with multiple organizations to help build over seven miles of brand new hiking and biking trails on the property.
Located 30 minutes from downtown Denver just north of I-70 on Floyd Hill, this property is highly visible from I-70 and provides easy access to over 7 plus miles of trails for hikers and cyclists.
With over 100 mountain bikers, hikers, community members and MALT staff in attendance at Floyd Hill Open Space, “The Sluice” officially opened on August 21, 2019. MALT secured a $75,000 grant from the Gates Family Foundation for Floyd Hill Open Space trails. $10,000 was designated for a matching fund campaign to construct the purpose-built downhill bike only trail along the Front Range. Colorado Mountain Bike Association along with other partners raised the additional funds to construct the 1.7 mile trail. The Sluice’s main trail is rated blue square/black diamond and drops 700 vertical feet.