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Mount Falcon State Park, Indian Hills

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Trail Ride:  Mount Falcon State Park

Near:  Evergreen, Indian Hills, Morrison

Website:  Parking, map and more – http://jeffco.us/parks/parks-and-trails/mount-falcon-park/

Notes:  For our first planned ride this season we met at Hilltop Stable in Indian Hills and rode the 10 minutes up to Mount Falcon. The footing is very good for most of the trail and the views of the front range, red rocks and everything else you can see from this vantage point were AMAZING! A few bikes, but mostly hikers. The horses were excellent ambassadors. Restrooms along the way. There are several loop combinations you could do here.

 

Staunton State Park, Pine

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Trail Ride:  Staunton State Park

Near:  Pine, Conifer, not far off of Hwy 285

Website:http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Staunton

Notes:  Riding in the new Staunton State Park. We took the Staunton Ranch Trail to Bugling Elk to Lions Back. Once you get to the Elk Falls Overlook, you need to tie your horse and hike the last 250 feet to see the falls, which are a ways off, but very beautiful. Just over 10 miles round trip. It is not a loop. The footing is excellent for the most part and the trails are 2-3 horse wide. The horse trailer parking is just by the overflow parking. The flowers here were amazing and it seems to be a fairly lush area for our climate.

 

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!!!