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Attention climbers: Seasonal wildlife closures go into effect near Mile Marker 270 and near Tunnel 2 on Feb. 1. Learn more.
Attention rafters/kayakers/boaters: There is a mandatory takeout at Placer Flats, located along US Highway 6 at Mile Post 260.5. The takeout at Cannonball Flats is closed for the 2015 season due to construction of the Clear Creek Canyon Segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail. Map and more info
Welch Ditch Public Safety Closures Info and Welch Ditch Closures Map
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.
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.Read our Peaks to Plains blog on Wordpress.
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, 1201 10th St., Golden.
West: A designated parking lot at Mayhem Gulch is used predominately as a trailhead for adjoining Centennial Cone Park. There is no creek side trail here yet, although visitors can access the creek through a tunnel under Clear Creek Canyon Road (US 6). The 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.
An area of Clear Creek Canyon Park near Mile Marker 270 is closed to all public use uphill of the Highway 6 corridor from February 1 through July 31 to protect an active golden eagle nesting territory. This closure encompasses the following rock climbing sites: Bumbling Stock, Stumbling Block, Skinny Legs, Blond Formation and Ghost crag. The Fault Caves are also closed to visitation during this seasonal closure. Also, an area of Clear Creek Canyon Park near Tunnel 2 is closed to all public use uphill of the Highway 6 corridor from February 1 through July 31 and encompasses the following rock climbing sites: Highlander, Evil Area and Tetanus Garden. See our Alerts and Closures page for more details >>
Clear Creek Canyon Park Map
East Entry:Clear Creek Trail runs through Grant Terry Park, three-quarter mile from Clear Creek White Water Park
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.
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