Highlands Ranch

Highlands Ranch was selected by BusinessWeek as one of itsĀ Best Places to Raise Your Kids. With access to 19 parks, 50 miles of interconnected trails, sports, nearby entertainment, and retail shopping, and top-rated public, private and charter schools, this city attracts many families.

Highlands Ranch


Highlands Ranch was selected by BusinessWeek as one of its Best Places to Raise Your Kids: 2010Highlands Ranch is an upper-middle-class community located 12 miles south of Denver along C-470 and approximately one mile west of I-25.  This location provides easy access to light rail, the Rocky Mountains and Denver. With access to 19 parks, 50 miles of interconnected trails, sports, nearby entertainment, and retail shopping, and top-rated public, private and charter schools, this city attracts many families.  

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Recreation & Attractions

In addition to 50 miles of interconnected trails is in the 8,200 acres of conservation space, known to residents as the Highland Ranch backcountry. While the trail system in the backcountry is reserved for Highlands Ranch residents only, views can be enjoyed along Griggs road and into Daniels Park. All trails are ideal for walking, running, and biking. Other recreational activities include boating, fishing, hiking, and bird-watching. Click here for an interactive map.

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Highlands Ranch Metro District

Working in Highlands Ranch:

Highlands Ranch is currently home to more than 2,000 businesses employing in excess of 19,000 people, many of who live in the community.

The business community is supported by the Chamber of Commerce of Highlands Ranch (www.highlandsranchchamber.org). The Chamber has ongoing efforts for networking, economic and business development. For a full list of businesses in Highlands Ranch, click here.

Being an unincorporated part of the county, the area enjoys one of the lower tax rates in South Metropolitan Denver. 

Commuting from Highlands Ranch:

Auto – C-470 runs east and west near the northern boundary of Highlands Ranch, with five full interchanges serving the community.  C-470 connects with I-25 providing north and south access through Colorado’s Front Range business region, and with I-70, which runs east and west through the Rocky Mountains. U.S. 85, a north/south highway, generally borders the property on the west.  E-470 permits travel around the east side of the Denver metro area providing easy access to Denver International Airport.

Bus/ Light Rail – The Regional Transportation District (RTD) provides express bus service to downtown Denver and surrounding communities and offers two park-n-Ride facilities in Highlands Ranch with quick and easy access to light rail at Mineral and Santa Fe, and Lucent Blvd.

Air – Highlands Ranch is approximately 40 minutes from Denver International Airport 

Schools in Highlands Ranch:

Douglas County School District teachers and staff are leaders of public education in Colorado, with many innovative educational approaches tailored to our students. Support and coordination can be found at the District level, but each school has the flexibility to build its own instructional programs. Parents can find many different choices through the District such as open enrollment, charter schools, instruction for gifted and talented students, magnet schools, an International Baccalaureate program, Advanced Placement courses and other special programs.

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About the Neighborhood

There are community events
Neighbors are friendly
There's holiday spirit
Great schools
Great for retirees
Car is needed
Easy commutes
Good transit
Parking is easy
There are sidewalks
Yards are well-kept
Streets are well-lit
Great hospitals
Parks and playgrounds
Lots of wildlife
It's quiet
It's dog friendly
Kids play outside
Great nightlife
Walking / Hiking trails
Douglas County School District
Award Winning Charter and Private Schools
Light Rail Stations
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