Basin Recreation’s diverse open space properties range from shaded mixed fir forests, mountain shrub communities and lush riparian areas to wide open high mountain shrub steppe. From 70 acres to over 800 acres, these special properties are open to the public year-round with access via numerous trails.
Basin Recreation strives to manage our open space properties to best balance quality outdoor recreation experiences, promote ecosystem health and protect wildlife habitat. Many of the properties are protected by conservation easements to ensure that these lands will remain open, undeveloped and provide public recreation in perpetuity. Improvements on the properties may include parking areas, signed backcountry trails for hiking, biking, equestrian and dog use, and an occasional picnic table or bench. Regulations vary on each property. Visitors should be mindful of signage, which can change seasonally.
Interested in learning more about the plants and wildlife in your backyard? Check out our new open space page – Biodiversity in the Basin – to explore our natural areas and get the scoop on our wildlife neighbors. You’ll find guides to native plants and wildlife, a map of current wildflower displays and seasonal highlights, and opportunities to become an expert through projects, volunteering, and attending our naturalist hikes.