Over a hundred years ago, Highlands Ranch was settled for farming and ranching. In the early 80’s, the area was developed as a master planned community.
Highlands Ranch is known for its high quality of life and has been recognized nationally as a top place to live and raise children. The suburb values active lifestyles and provides plenty of outdoor opportunities with more than 2,000 acres of open space, 70 miles of paved and natural trails, 16 local parks, three community parks, one regional park along with 8,200 acres of backcountry wilderness area. The community is also home to four full-scale, state-of-the-art recreation centers, and two 18-hole golf courses.