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  • Lookout Mountain Nature Center


  • Lookout Mountain Nature Center staff and volunteer naturalists inspire kids and adults to connect with the natural world and learn more about it. Interactive exhibits take visitors on a tour of the flora and fauna of the foothills ecosystem. Kids enjoy a hands-on play room and observation room. At each turn, visitors discover earth-friendly elements of the building’s sustainable design, including floors made from recycled train boxcars. Watch our Jefferson County Insights video Youtube Icon for an inside view.

    Lookout Mountain Nature Center promotes conservation of Jefferson County's open spaces through educational programs and exhibits. We offer free naturalist-led programs in every season and can also schedule a school and group program for your class or other group. 

    The offerings of the Nature Center extend to our Preserve. This mountain-top oasis offers gentle hiking trails past ponderosa pines and through meadows, affording panoramic views of the Denver metro area. Our 110 acres provide habitat for black bears, mountain lions, bobcats, mule deer, elk and Abert’s squirrels, which are often captured on our wildlife camera You are now leaving the jeffco.us website to an external site. Wildflowers abound in warmer months, while peace prevails on snowy winter days. The 1.5 miles of trails are open to hikers, snowshoers and cross country skiers, but are closed to bicyclists, equestrians and those hiking with a dog. Adjacent Windy Saddle Open Space Park allows all of these uses. The Preserve is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to dusk.

    Interested in volunteering with us? Take a look at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center volunteer page for more details.

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    ***Lookout Mountain Nature Center will close at noon on Wednesday December 24 and will be closed all day Thursday December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. We will resume normal hours of operation on Friday December 26. We will also be closed Thursday January 1, 2015 for New Years Day.

    Happy Holidays!


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    In 1917, prominent Denver entrepreneur Charles Boettcher built his family’s summer home on Lookout Mountain. The grounds of Lorraine Lodge, as it was then called, served as the family’s hunting getaway. In 1968, Charles Boettcher’s granddaughter, Charline Breeden, donated the home (now called the Boettcher Mansion) and 110 acres to Jefferson County. Boettcher Mansion has been restored and is now a rustic yet elegant setting for special events.


  • Park Information

    Nature Center Park Map Adobe PDF Icon

    910 Colorow Road, Golden CO 80401 External Link Icon
    Lookout Mountain Nature Center/Preserve is just minutes off I-70. Westbound, take exit 256 and turn right. Eastbound, use exit 254 and turn left. Then follow the brown highway signs.

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    Acres: 134

    Trail Miles: 1.4 miles within preserve; hiker only, no dogs allowed

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    Regular Hours:

    • Monday: Closed
    • Tuesday-Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


    Summer Hours:

    • Monday: Closed
    • Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.



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