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South Platte Park and the Carson Nature Center

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Address: 3000 W Carson Dr, Littleton, CO 80120
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+1 303-730-1022
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09:30 - 16:30
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Tue - Fri 12:00 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 16:30
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South Platte Park contains the only unchannelized stretch of the South...

South Platte Park contains the only unchannelized stretch of the South Platte River in the Denver Metro Area. 878 acres of open space provide 5 lakes open to fishing, 4+ miles of walking trails, a paved regional recreation trail, 2.5 miles of river, over 300 species of wildlife, a free nature center with interactive exhibits, and nature classes for schools, youth, families, and adults.

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Beautiful place for a walk or ride

I brought my son here one fall afternoon just because we happened to be in the area. It was beautiful and shockingly serene given the proximity to Santa Fe and C470. The nature... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Ryan B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I brought my son here one fall afternoon just because we happened to be in the area. It was beautiful and shockingly serene given the proximity to Santa Fe and C470. The nature center there is also well-staffed and a fun distraction for kids (and parents).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Great nature center and parking lot for User friendly hike/bike path along the South Platte River . Located behind Aspen Grove shopping center. Just head west , along parking lot to find the nature center. Great displays and hands on for nature lovers of all ages. Have walked the many trails and paths thru the seasons and years. Excellent bird... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

Great location to hike, walk, ride a bike. Learn and connect with nature. Go during the weekdays in the mid mornings, less people. Weekends the trails and park are very, very busy!

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

Beautiful trails with plenty to see and do! Kids love scrambling through the forest, over the rocks and looking for owls.

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

This is my favorite trail to run and bike on. It offers a side gravel trail for several miles to allow space for the runners and walkers, staying out of the biker traffic. Beautiful views of the Platte, and you can access Chatfield State Park to the South, or head all the way to downtown Denver by heading North. I... More 

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Great place to access the South Platte River. You can hike either direction. The Nature Center is very informative, especially for the kids. Right by Aspen Meadows for great restaurant access, or to score a Starbucks.

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Thank Janet F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

Most people are familiar with the Carson Nature Center. Fewer take time to walk upstream and enjoy the spacious bird blind. This blind is a great place to spot water fowl, herons and four-legged wildlife that frequent South Platte Park. There's even a small colony of prairie dogs nearby.

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Thank James M
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

We walked on the trail in the woods and also near the bike trail. It was very enjoyable, saw a number of birds.

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Thank Sandy F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

South Platte Park, including the Carson Nature Center is a gift of nature, in the middle of suburbia. Tucked behind the Aspen Grove shopping center on South Santa Fe Drive, turn west on Mineral Blvd, and turn right at the first light. Straight ahead to the stop sign. Turn left here and you will run right into the park. With... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Great trail for a hiking or biking. Flat and very scenic. My only complaint it is getting WAY too crowded. I love the bike patrols to ensure people are safe. I still cannot believe the number of people (children especially) that do not wear a helmet when biking.

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