• Matthews/Winters Park


  •  A creek that winds past wild plum and willow trees greets visitors to Matthews/Winters Park, offering a bucolic setting for picnickers and a starting point for reaching the City of Denver’s Red Rocks Park by trail. Across County Road 93, the Hogback offers a different recreation experience, with a steep climb up to the hulking ridge between plains and foothills.

    Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center is a neighboring attraction, providing interpretation for the dinosaur tracks imprinted on the eastern face of the Hogback. The property was also home to the Town of Mount Vernon, a gateway to mining regions to the west and briefly the capital of the Jefferson Territory. The town disappeared as Colorado’s political and economic hub shifted to Denver in the 1870s and 1880s.

    Today Matthews/Winters is a vibrant recreation hub, with limited parking during peak hours in the early evenings and on weekends. Please refer to the park map for hiker & equestrian-only and biker-only trails.

    Getting There

    1103 County Highway 93, Golden External Link Icon
    From I-70 or U.S. Highway 40, go south on State Highway 93 approximately 0.1 mile and turn at the park entrance on the west side of the road. An alternative is the Stegosaurus Park-n-Ride Lot on the east side of the road, south of I-70, allowing access to the Dakota Ridge Trail.