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Jefferson County Open Space

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"Having covered our plains with highways, factories and cities, having subdivided our hillsides into suburbs, having deepened and dammed up the rerouted our rivers to make seaways or sources of electric power, we have left only the ocean and the mountains to remind us of what we cannot do to the landscape." — A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains 1873.

Since 1972, when Jefferson County voters approved a half-cent sales tax to fund open space, more than 55,000 acres have been preserved as 30 parks! Politicians that attempted to use the funds for other projects during the late 1970s and 1980s discovered that Open Space Program is a priority for 90% of citizens. Now the disagreements are among trail users (bike, hike, or horseback) from throughout the metro area. Meanwhile, JCOS keeps winning international awards for the outstanding program!

Jefferson County Open Space location maps and brochures are available at public libraries, the Taj Mahal, and Lookout Mountain Nature Center. Also available from JeffCo Open Space is the excellent booklet, "Little Known Jewels, Recreational Treasures in the Denver Metro Area." It was created with local, state & federal agencies to highlight some of the less crowded parks.

Northwest JeffCo—White Ranch Park: 19.7 miles of trails on 4,391 acres; west of Hwy 93 at West 56 Avenue; Van Bibber Creek meanders through wildlife preserve; meadows to geological formations.

Northwest JeffCo—Mount Galbraith Park: 4.7 miles of trails on 871 acres. Golden Gate Canyon Road from Hwy 93. Hiker only.

Northwest JeffCo—Centennial Cone: 3,369 acres north of Clear Creek Canyon. No public access.

Northwest JeffCo—Clear Creek Canyon: 3,265 acres north and south of Clear Creek Canyon. No public access except along creek banks.

Arvada—Van Bibber Park: 3.5 miles of trails on 134 acres; south of 58th Ave west of Ward Rd or west side of Indiana and 56th Ave.

Lakewood—Welchester Tree Grant Park: .2 mile trail on 18 acres;8th Avenue from Yank to Zang Streets. Historic grove of trees from 1878 Timber Culture Act, links to Welchester Elementary School.

Wheat Ridge—Crown Hill: 10.5 miles of trails on 242 acres, parking at 26th & Garrison. Wildlife refuse around Kestrel Pond, fishing in Crown Hill Lake, variety of trails for horses and hikers.

Golden/Lookout Mountain—Apex Park: 7.7 miles of trails on 661 acres, historic rugged rise from Heritage Square to Lookout Mountain Road; wooded streamside environment, broad vistas of metro area.

Golden/ Lookout Mountain Nature Center & Preserve: 2.2 miles of trails on 110 acres off Colorow Road. Interactive exhibits on animal and plant life; access Beaver Brook Trail west, Chimney Gulch Trail east in Windy Saddle. Adjacent to historic Boettcher Mansion.

Golden/Lookout Mountain—Windy Saddle Park: 4.45 miles of trails on 1,067 acres. Upper and lower parking off Lariat Trail Scenic Drive/Lookout Mountain Road, rugged trail up historic Chimney Gulch connects with historic Beaver Brook Trail.

Red Rocks Hogback—Matthews/Winters Park: 6.6 miles of trails on 1,127.3 acres. South of I-70 exit 259 off state Hwy 26 to Morrison. Foothills environment, connects with Red Rocks Park and Dinosaur Ridge.

Pioneer Trail: Bergen Park south adjacent Evergreen Parkway to Evergreen Lake, then east under Hwy 73/74 to downtown Evergreen.

Evergreen—Elk Meadow Park: 11.7 miles of trails on 1,650.5 acres off Evergreen Parkway, connects with Denver’s Bergen Peak and Colorado Wildlife area.

Evergreen—Alderfer/Three Sisters Park: 12.5 miles of trails on 1,100 acres. It connects with Blair Ranch and Elephant Butte to the west, and Dedisse Park and Evergreen Lake to the east.

Evergreen—Hiwan Homestead Museum: 17-room rustic log mansion with historic outbuildings, west of Hwy 74 on Meadow Drive at 4208 Timbervale Dr. 303-674-6262.

Conifer—Flying J Ranch Park: 3.9 miles of trails on 318 acres, off County Hwy 73.

Bear Creek Canyon—Lair o’ the Bear: 4.1 miles of trails on 319 acres, between Kittredge and Idledale on Hwy 74. 1.5 miles of Bear Creek frontage with fishing pier, loop trails on both sides of Bear Creek.

Indian Hills/Morrison—Mount Falcon Park: 11.2 miles of trails on 2,130-acres. West trailhead off Parmalee Gulch Rd. East trailhead is off Hwy 8 to Forest Ave and north of Vine Ave. Magnificent vistas, interpretive signs of historic ruins, restrooms, shelters, picnic tables.

Southwest JeffCo—Deer Creek Canyon Park: 12.2 miles of trails on 1,881.5 acres, southwest of South Deer Creek Canyon Road and Grizzly Drive. Scrub oak habitat, wildlife includes deer, elk, mountain lion, bear and numerous bird species, vistas of plains and cities.

Southwest JeffCo—Pine Valley Ranch Park: 4.6 miles of trails on 820 acres. South of Hwy 285 at Pine Junction on County Rd 126 to Pine. Historic lodge, ice skating, fishing, trails access Pike National Forest.

South JeffCo—Reynolds Park: 5.3 miles of trails on 1,260 acres. South of Hwy 285 on Foxton Rd 5.5 miles to park. Elkhorn Trail, Casto Creek near, overnight camping by permit. 303-271-5925

Conifer—Meyer Ranch Park: 3.0 miles of trails on 397 acres, east of Aspen Park at U.S. Hwy 285 off South Turkey Creek Rd, trails through meadows and forested slopes, scenic overlooks, wildflowers and wildlife include deer, elk, coyote.

South JeffCo—South Valley Park: 1.5 miles of trails on 909 acres. C-470 to Ken Caryl Ave and South Valley Road. Sensitive geological formations and wildlife habitat, links to Deer Creek Canyon Park and Chatfield State Park.

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