Centennial Cone Park
Park Map | Alternating Use Schedule | Hunting Closure Info | History
Hunting season has ended, and Centennial Cone Park is open to other uses. The Elk Range Trail is closed until mid-June to provide winter range and calving habitat for elk.
Centennial Cone Park offers a near-backcountry experience, with a 12-mile trail loop that challenges stamina, offers sweeping views of Clear Creek and provides the opportunity to see elk and other wildlife over wide expanses.
Centennial Cone Park is unique in the Open Space system for separating hikers and bikers on weekends. Hikers enjoy the park on odd-numbered weekend dates, bikers on even-numbered dates (see Alternating Use Calendar). This policy, enforced by Open Space Rangers, has been widely supported by park visitors. Equestrians are welcome on any day.
The terrain has always appealed to travelers. Rock overhangs offered shelter to hunter-gatherers, and trails used by the Arapaho are still visible.
Elk & Deer Hunting
Hunting of elk and deer continues today for license holders with valid Open Space access permits. The park is closed in December and January, when limited hunting is permitted. Each year, Open Space implements a seasonal closure from January 31 to approximately June 15, as shown on the park map, to buffer the elk herd’s winter range and calving grounds from visitors.
North Access: 4306 Camino Perdido, Golden. Horse trailer parking permitted.
West Access: 2234 Douglas Mountain Road, Golden. No horse trailers allowed.
Mayhem Gulch Trailhead, Clear Creek Canyon Road: From Golden, the trailhead is between mile marker 262.5 and 262, 9.5 miles from the intersection of US 6 and State Highway 93, on the north side of the road.
Last Modified: Feb 1, 2013 05:45 PM