Help Me With...

Select from list
My Residential Property
My Driver's License or Vehicle Registration
Requesting Assistance
Getting Outdoors
Health Department


Select from list
My Property Valuation
Understanding My Valuation
Paying My Property Tax
Neighborhood Sales
Building Permits
Vehicle Registration - New Stickers
Vehicle Registration - New Vehicle
Drivers License - New or Renew
New Resident Vehicle Registration
Adult Protection
Child Welfare
Child Support
Child Care
Financial Assistance
Medical Assistance
Food Assistance
Decode Douglas County
Open Space Special Event Permits
Open Space Properties and Trails
Park Reservations
Parks and Trails
Register to Vote / Update Voter Registration
Upcoming Election Information
Ballot Drop Box Locations
Voter Service and Polling Centers
Birth Certificates
Death Certificates
Environmental Health
Household Waste Management


× Close


Take on the Rueter-Hess Incline Challenge beginning Thanksgiving Day 2020

Residents will be able to access the Incline and surrounding trails from sunrise to sunset

Posted on November 17, 2020 2020DC Outdoors


The Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority (RHRA) has announced that its new Incline Challenge and trail will be open to the public beginning Nov. 26, 2020*.  The Incline and surrounding trails, which are the are the first phase of the Recreational Master Plan, will be open from sunup to sundown seven days a week.

A parking lot has been designated for visitors at the bottom of the Incline, off of Heirloom Parkway. Visitors should follow the road west, past the Rueter-Hess Water Purification Facility, to the designated parking area. The Incline features 132 steps and the trail loop to and from the parking lot is approximately one mile long.

“We know that residents have been anxiously waiting for regular recreation activities to open at Rueter-Hess. We are very happy to have Phase I complete and the Incline ready for public use,” said RHRA President Darcy Beard.

The RHRA and Douglas County will hold a grand opening event in the spring, once the County’s new East/West Regional Trail (which will connect to the Incline trails) is complete.

RHRA’s full Recreational Master Plan, including information and future plans for recreation at Rueter-Hess Reservoir, can be viewed at www.rhrecreation.org.

Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority is a regional collaboration of six local governments working together to bring recreational opportunities to Rueter-Hess Reservoir. The Authority is made up of Parker Water, Town of Castle Rock, Town of Parker, City of Castle Pines, City of Lone Tree and Douglas County.

*Unless new COVID-19 restrictions are implemented that prevent its use.

Your County. Your News. Get it first.

Be among the first to receive news as it happens. Sign up here and select your specific news focus and delivery preferences and make sure to follow Douglas County on Nextdoor, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Visit the Live Town Hall page to sign-up and receive Town Hall notifications to ensure you are contacted to participate in future community conversations about topics important to you.

Sign Up Now!