• Clear Creek Canyon Park


  • Peaks to Plains Trail 3-mile Segment Now Open! Jefferson County access at Mayhem Gulch Trailhead off US Hwy. 6.

    Attention rafters/kayakers/boaters: As part of construction of the Peaks to Plains Trail, there is a mandatory takeout at Cannonball Flats, milepost 261.23. This will be in place for the entire 2016 season. There are multiple signs in the creek to alert boaters as well as maps at the put-ins upstream. The creek is open again below the Big Easy, milepost 262.27. More Information

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    Clear Creek Canyon Park is unto its own in the Open Space system, fit for nature lovers and railroad history buffs, who appreciate vestiges of a 140-year-old narrow-gauge bed used by the Colorado Central Railroad.

    The park features steep canyon walls ever changing with the light of day, clear, cold water harboring trout and flecks of gold, and habitat for raptors and bighorn sheep.

    Use caution when accessing the creek and engaging in high-risk activities such as rock climbing, kayaking and rafting. Anglers must carry a valid Colorado fishing license with habitat stamp. Gold prospectors must adhere to Open Space Regulations.

    With grant funding from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Jefferson County Open Space and Clear Creek County Open Space will begin construction in 2013 on a 4- to 6-mile creek side trail straddling the county line. The trail will be completed by 2016 and provide greater and safer access to the canyon.

    Peaks to Plains Trail

    The Peaks to Plains Trail runs through Clear Creek Canyon Park. Some construction activity on the Clear Creek Segment of the trail will necessitate turn-lane closures and single-lane travel in the area of Highway 6 and 119 intersection. Please be alert to crews and flagging.

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    Parking and Access

    East: The gateway to the first segment of the Clear Creek Trail, which runs through Grant Terry Park, is approximately a three-quarter mile trek from Clear Creek White Water Park, View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites. 1201 10th St., Golden. View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites.

    West: The parking lot at Mayhem Gulch off of US 6 provides access to the Peaks to Plains Trail, as well as Centennial Cone Park.

  • Park Information

    Clear Creek Canyon Park Map Adobe PDF Icon

    East Entry:
    Clear Creek Trail runs through Grant Terry Park, three-quarter mile from Clear Creek White Water Park View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites.

    West Entry:
    Designated parking lot at Mayhem Gulch. Trailhead is between mile marker 262.5 and 262, approximately 10 miles from the intersection of US 6 and State Highway 93, on the north side of the road.

    Acres: 3,297

    Species Spotlight:

     Golden eagle View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites.


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