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    Birding IconOpen Space Parks are rich in birdlife. Several species are highlighted on individual park pages. Crown Hill Park is renowned for its importance to migratory species, which are highlighted in Lookout Mountain Nature Center programs. While we do not yet provide a “bird checklist” for our parks, you can help us build an inventory of species, monitor bird boxes and observe raptor nests by applying to become a Natural Resource Volunteer.


    Fishing IconCast away into Crown Hill Lake at Crown Hill Park for bass, carp and catfish. Fish from shore or pier for brown and rainbow trout in the foothills at in Pine Lake or in the North Fork of the South Platte River, which feeds it. No watercraft, including bellyboats, permitted in either lake. Lair o’ the Bear Park offers small stream fishing for browns and rainbows. Look to Clear Creek Canyon Park for larger flows and to take advantage of habitat restored by Trout Unlimited-West Denver Chapter in the far west section of the park, accessible by parking at the Mayhem Gulch trailhead.

    See the Colorado Parks & Wildlife stocking report for updates on Pine Valley Lake and Bear Creek. A valid Colorado fishing license is required for all waters. Compliance with all state fishing regulations Adobe PDF Icon including catch limits, is essential.

    Hang Gliding and Paragliding

    Hang gliding and paragliding may be the most extreme sports enjoyed by Open Space visitors. Hang gliders and paragliders must complete a hang gliding and paragliding waiver, View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites. and they must fulfill requirements established by the United States Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association. View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites. The launch zone is atop Mount Zion in Windy Saddle Park. Find more information from the Rocky Mountain Hang Gliding & Paragliding AssociationView exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites.

    Kayaking & River Activities

    Clear Creek as it winds through Clear Creek Canyon Park provides rapids of all classes, including the Screaming Quarter Mile. Pine Valley Ranch Park serves as a popular take-out for the Bailey Canyon Whitewater Kayak Run. All boaters must comply with state regulations. Tubers, wear a personal flotation device and helmet and be familiar with swiftwater safety Adobe PDF Icon


    IPicnicking Iconn addition to the shelters available for rent at Pine Valley Ranch Park and at Heritage Grove (on the grounds of Hiwan Homestead Museum), picnic tables are provided at most of our parks. Consult our Parks Guide View document in PDF format. for the number of tables provided at each location.


    Trail Running

    Running IconOur trails are popular with the fleet of feet, whether for short jogs or grueling runs in preparation for long-distance events. For those trail runners who listen to music while running, please ensure volume levels allow you to hear both wildlife and other trail users.

    Last Updated: 12-17-2013