Highlands Ranch has received national recognition for its great quality of life and amenities. The Highlands Ranch community has been named by NerdWallet as one of the best places to raise families in Colorado, recognized nationally by Forbes as one of the top places to move in the nation. Business Week also named Highlands Ranch one of the best places to raise kids.
Highlands Ranch is a 22,000-acre master-planned community founded in 1981. The community has a population of 96,000 people.
Highlands Ranch is located 12 miles south of Denver in Douglas County and offers a wonderful quality of life and opportunities for an active lifestyle.
Students residing in Highlands Ranch are within the Douglas County School District RE1.
The Douglas County School District is Colorado’s third-largest school district, serving more than 68,000 students in preschool through twelfth-grade.
|Plus 65 Preschool locations|
8,400 Employees, 4,400+ are educators.
2017-2018 General Fund Budgeted Revenue: $680,000,000
GRADUATION RATE: DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. Four-year graduation rates have risen steadily from 83.1% in 2010 to 90.4% in 2017.
SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO DCSD STUDENTS: The Class of 2017 earned scholarships totaling more than $82,000,000.
Go fishing at Redstone Park Pond, or one of Highlands Ranch’s other great fishing spots. Kids younger than 16 do not need a fishing license, according to regulations from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Hit the trail on your bicycle.
Catch crawdads at Fly’n B Park or walk along the nearby Highline Canal trail.
Play horseshoes or bocce at Paintbrush Park. Equipment rentals are available for residents for $10/day.
Pack a picnic and enjoy a beautiful Colorado sunset from Red-tail Park. Enjoy the views to the west.
Play basketball or a game of HORSE.
Go for a walk through Cheese Ranch Historic and Natural Area and learn about local history.
Grab binoculars and go for early morning bird watching hike in the open space.