Snow Removal


Metro District staff plows snow along 150 miles of trails and sidewalks adjacent to major roads in the community. Douglas County is responsible for plowing snow along our streets.

Service Guidelines

1. Snow depth – Metro District staff will begin plowing when three inches of snow has accumulated and/or it is likely to remain on the ground for 24 hours. If there is less than three inches or site conditions are unsafe, the snow crew coordinator will determine the need to remove snow based on weather forecasts and site conditions.

2. Follow-up – Follow-up will occur on consecutive days after a snowfall to ensure safe passage. Ice melt or sand will be applied as needed.

Snow Removal Priorities

  • Snow plowing will be provided for these facilities in the following order:
    1. Metro District Parks, Recreation & Open Space Service Center parking lots and all access roads
    2. Special Districts Office Building – parking lot and entry walkways
    3. Northridge Park parking lots
    4. Highlands Ranch Mansion (dependent on event schedule)
    5. Arterial sidewalks and trail system
    6. Parking lots at all other parks
  • Major snow events may necessitate a change in priorities.  Deep accumulating snow and unusually heavy snow can be increasingly taxing on staff and equipment, sometimes extending the amount of time it takes to clear trails and sidewalks.  Essential Metro District buildings will remain a top priority, however removal of snow on sidewalks directly adjacent to streets may be delayed due to high volumes of street-plowed snow.  With safety of staff and preservation of equipment firmly in mind, sidewalks adjacent to streets will be cleared as soon as conditions permit.
  • If you have questions or comments, please contact the Metro District at 303-791-2710.
  • To learn about Douglas County’s snow removal policy, click here.

Homeowner Responsibilities

  • Snow removal is required within 24 hours after the snow has fallen.
  • Remove snow from sidewalks bordering your home.
  • Remove snow around mail boxes and fire hydrants if present.



Trail and Sidewalk Snow Removal Q&A

Colorado is known for its beautiful snow scenes and Highlands Ranch is no exception. When it snows, our community’s service providers work in tandem to ensure our citizen’s access to roads, trails and sidewalks as soon as possible.

Who clears sidewalks in Highlands Ranch?

Snow removal is the responsibility of the property owner adjacent to the sidewalk. The Metro District plows snow from sidewalks on major roadways where we own or manage the adjacent property. Douglas County plows snow on streets in Highlands Ranch. Clearing snow around community mailboxes is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. Also, please remember to clear access to fire hydrants on your street.

Who clears snow in Highlands Ranch?

The Metro District’s Parks and Open Space staff plows snow from 150 miles of trails and sidewalks along major roads.  Crews from Douglas County’s Public Works Department plow snow on our streets.

How does the Snow Plowing Service Benefit Our Community?

By plowing sidewalks and hard surface trails, the Metro District is committed to providing safe access for residents. It is important to the Metro District to do so in a cost-effective manner. As a result, the Metro District has an assortment of light duty equipment capable of removing moderate amounts of snow. This equipment has limited capabilities and may require more time to remove snow after heavy snowfall.

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