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Flying J Ranch

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Trail Ride:  Flying J Ranch Jefferson County Open Space Park

Near:  Between downtown Evergreen and Conifer on the east side off of Hwy 73.

Website:  jeffco.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R13.htm

Address & Map Link:  9509 County Highway 73, Evergreen, CO 80439

Notes:  Very nice smaller loop, varied terrain, some bikes, gentle up and down hill with some water crossings.

 

 

Mount Evans State Wildlife Area

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Trail Ride:  Mount Evans State Wildlife Area.  Sometimes this is called “Elk Management” by locals.

Near:  End of Upper Creek Road, which originates at Evergreen Lake.

Website:  wildlife.state.co.us/Landwater/statewildlifeareas/Pages/swa.aspx – select “Mount Evans SWA” in the drop down menu in the blue box.

Directions & Map Link:  From Evergreen Lake; turn right on Upper Bear Creek Rd. Go 6.5 miles to CR480 go right on CR480 for 3 miles. Interactive Map

Notes:  This is an absolutely beautiful area with a ton of wildlife. Vehicles are not allowed here unless they are DOW vehicles, but are rarely seen. Go with someone who has been the first time or study your topo map. Some roads lead to locked gates and some go on forever. You can make a loop if you study your maps. Pack in camping is allowed in certain areas. Use caution during hunting season. Animals causing problems in neighborhoods are sometimes relocated here.

 

Pine Valley Ranch

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Trail Ride:  Pine Valley Ranch

Near:  Turn onto CR 126 at Pine Junction to get to Pine Valley Ranch near Pine Grove.

Website:  jeffco.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R17.htm

Address & Map Link:  30400 Crystal Lake Rd., Pine
From U.S. Highway 28, turn south on Pine Valley Road (County Road 126) to Crystal Lake Road. Turn right 1 mile into the park.

Notes:  This area can take you onto the Colorado Trail as well as link you into many different park areas. The possibilities for loops and length of rides is nearly endless! Hills, flat areas, rock formations.  This area also includes some of the Buffalo Creek Fire area.

 

Alderfer Three Sisters Park

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Trail Ride:  Alderfer Three Sisters Open Space Park.

Near:  Head out Buffalo Creek Road across from the Evergreen Library.

Website:  jeffco.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R5.htm

Address & Map Link:  30299 Buffalo Park Rd., Evergreen  Turn west on Buffalo Park Road from County Highway 93, just south of downtown Evergreen, and travel approximately 1.5 miles. Pass first parking lot at one mile for horse trailer parking at the North Trailhead.

Notes:  Varied terrain, rock formations, meadows, hills, gently sloping, some bikes and hikers, old ranch homestead buildings can be found around the park.

 

Beaver Brook Watershed

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Trail Ride:  Beaver Brook Watershed.

Near:  Head up Hwy 103 toward Mount Evans from Bergen Park, near Buchanan Recreation Center.

Website:  Frosberg Park – for directions to the trail head for Beaver Brook Watershed – http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/index.aspx?nid=192 

Map Link to Frosberg Park

Notes:  You will park immediately at the second entrance to Old Squaw Pass Road (parking is along Old Squaw Pass Road).  There is a small park (relatively unknown that it is actually here) that you enter the area through called.   There is white vinyl fencing at the trail head you can see easily from Hwy 103.  Find the split through the vinyl fencing for the horse entrance.  Beautiful area, but not really any loop options. Mostly gently sloping, some water crossings. Seefor map and more information.

 

Butterfield Ranch

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Private Ranch Trail Ride at the beautiful Butterfield Ranch near Pine, Colorado.  Breeders of lovely classic Morgans raised to be hearty mountain horses!

 

Reynolds Park

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Trail Ride:  Reynolds Park

Near:  Aspen Park, Colorado. Five miles south of 285 on South Foxton Road.

Website:  jeffco.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R18.htm

Address & Map Link:  13581 South Foxton Road, Aspen Park Parking is on south side of Foxton Road.

Notes:  Some uphill climbs and then downhill decents. Horse camping is allowed in a specific area.

 

Centennial Cone, Jeffco Open Space Park

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Trail Ride:  Centennial Cone, Jefferson County Open Space Park.

Near:  North Evergreen, Golden, Lookout Mountain.

Website:  jeffco.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R95.htm  See “Use Schedule” here for hikers/horses & bikers.

Address & Map Link:  North Access with horse trailer parking at 4306 Camino Perdido, Golden.  If you are coming from near downtown Golden, Golden Gate Canyon Road may be the best route.  If you are along the I-70 corridor, Hwy 6 to Co 119 to Douglas Mountain Road is the closest access.

Notes:  Beautiful long loop. Took us 4.5 hours walking 60%, trotting 40%. In 2014 we walked the entire time and it took us 5 hours.  Gentle hills up and down as you circle the cone. Fairly technical in parts.  Boots or shoes are a good idea for the horses.  Alternate use schedule on website for hikers and bikers if you want to avoid bikes just check the use schedule at the website.  With the narrow trail on the side of a hill, avoiding bikes is recommended.  Bring water!!!