A management plan for Lazy Glen Open Space was adopted by the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board on May 5, 2016. The plan is available for download below.
The open space consists of about 73 acres along the Roaring Fork River and the Rio Grande Trail, to the northwest of Old Snowmass.
The management plan envisions a pedestrian bridge to link Lazy Glen Subdivision on the south side of the Roaring Fork River to the open space and Rio Grande Trail on the north side of the river. Open Space and Trails hopes to install the bridge in fall of 2017. A conceptual sketch of the bridge is pictured at right.
A small parking area has been constructed at Lazy Glen Open Space. The barn on the property is used for agricultural purposes and to store Nordic grooming equipment.
Sheep have been introduced to Lazy Glen Open Space.
Agriculture About 10 acres of irrigated land on an upper bench has been leased to Shining Mountain Farms LLC. For 2017, the operator has proposed small-animal husbandry (sheep and poultry), along with mushroom cultivation and growing/drying herbs. Heritage varieties of apple trees have been planted, as well, and vegetable crops are under cultivation.
Recreation Bicyclists and pedestrians may access the open space from the Rio Grande Trail. Dogs must be leashed on the north side of the river (and on the Rio Grande Trail). Dogs under voice and sight control are permitted on the open space on the south side of the river. Lazy Glen Open Space is open to the public, though agricultural uses and the future establishment of designated routes may restrict where visitors can wander.
Fishing access is available; anglers are urged to avoid trampling riparian vegetation. Private boaters are allowed to use Lazy Glen as an access point and location to eddy out. No launch is proposed. No commercial boating is permitted.
Hiking access to Bionaz Gulch on the north side of the Rio Grande Trail is closed seasonally from Dec. 1 through April 30. No dogs or bikes are permitted in the Gulch. Please respect private property boundaries.