• Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve


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  • Nature Programs
    information and registration for naturalist guided programs for individuals and families.

    School Programs
    information and request form for naturalist guided programs for Jeffco Public Schools.      

    information about volunteering with Jeffco Open Space.

    Lookout Mountain Nature Center staff and volunteer naturalists inspire kids and adults to connect with the natural world. 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 for individuals, families, and schools and groups. 

    This mountain-top oasis offers gentle hiking trails past ponderosa pines and through meadows, affording panoramic views of the Denver metro area. Our 134 acres provide habitat for black bears, mountain lions, bobcats, mule deer, elk and Abert’s squirrels, which are often captured on our wildlife camera. Wildflowers abound in warmer months, while peace prevails on snowy winter days. The 1.4 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 Park allows all of these uses.

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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. Lookout Mountain Nature Center was housed in the Mansion until the current facility opened in 1997. The donated land now provides a place of recreation and education for the general public. 


  • Park Information

    Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve 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: 77

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

    The Preserve is open daily from 8:00 am to dusk.

     Nature Center Hours:

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


    Nature Center Summer Hours:
    • Monday: Closed
    • Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


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