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Golden, CO 80401
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Jefferson County's Recreation by the Numbers
Acres of Open Space Managed 44,613
Open Space Parks/Properties 28
Annual Open Space Visitors 2.2 million
Trail Miles 231
Major Lakes (Boating & Sailing) 4
Golf Courses (Public/Private) 21
Ice Skating Arenas 4
Kayak Course 1
Motor Speedway 1
Equestrian Centers 5
Recreation Centers 42
Mountain/Rock Climbing 54 Peaks Statewide (14,000 ft. +)
Ski Resorts 8 Major Ski Resorts Located Within 75 Miles

Jefferson County is a premier location for people who are interested in outdoor recreation and a healthy lifestyle. Roughly 72 percent of the County's 773.2 square miles is mountainous, providing a wealth of outdoor activities.

The Jefferson County Open Space program, established by a vote of the people in 1972, is one of the most renowned and ambitious in the country. Its mission is to preserve and enhance the county's uniqueness–striking mountain vistas, rolling plains, fish-filled streams, and abundant wildlife–for future generations of Jefferson County citizens to enjoy. Since 1972, over $211 million has been spent to acquire land and facilities.

To date, the program manages over 44,000 acres of scenic land, hiking, biking, and riding trails, and wildlife habitats in urban and rural areas of the County. There are a total of 28 open space parks/facilities, 231 miles of trails.

Open space lands include unique, abundant wildlife habitats, streams, lakes, historic areas, trail corridors, parks, and recreation facilities.

Maps showing open space locations in Jefferson County

Jefferson County Open Space
700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100
Golden, CO 80401

Jefferson County Open Space offers semi-primitive camping opportunities at two locations, White Ranch Park, northwest of Golden, and Reynolds Park, southeast of Conifer. Both locations offer the solitude of mountain camping with the convenience of being close to the metro area.
More information on camping in Jefferson County

Golf Courses
There are over 20 public and private golf courses located throughout Jefferson County. With our temperate climate and extremely mild winters, golfing is a year-round sport in Colorado.

Hang Gliding/Paragliding
The truly adventurous take advantage of Golden's Lookout Mountain for hang gliding and paragliding activities.

Colorado is a mecca for adventurous climbers who seek some of the highest of all U.S. mountain peaks. Colorado has 54 "Fourteeners" (mountain peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation) - six of which can be easily reached from Jefferson County. They are:

  • Longs Peak
  • Torreys Peak
  • Grays Peak
  • Mt. Evans
  • Mt. Bierstadt
  • Pikes Peak
For further information, contact the experts at the Colorado Fourteener's Club or the American Alpine Center (see mountaineering).

The only championship-caliber kayak course in metro Denver, the Clear Creek Kayak Course is extremely popular, attracting hundreds of sports enthusiasts wanting to test the wild rapids of Clear Creek in Golden. Established kayak companies in the area rent equipment and provide classes. The course has attracted the Eddie Bauer Kayak International as well as youths training for the U.S. Junior Olympics.

The American Alpine Center is home to the American Alpine Club, which moved its headquarters from New York City to Golden in 1993, and the Colorado Mountain Club. The Center has the largest mountaineering library in the western hemisphere, a 350-seat auditorium, and features including a mountaineering museum, climbing wall, and conference facilities. The Center encourages the preservation of mountain environments while cultivating interest in mountaineering.

American Mountaineering Center
710 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401

Mountain Biking
Excellent mountain biking trails can be found in many of Jefferson County's Open Space parks. In addition, some of the ski resorts in Colorado offer mountain biking opportunities during the summer. More information and downloadable maps can be obtained from the Bureau of Land Management, or the U.S. Forest Service.

Nature Center
The Nature Center's mission is to create awareness, understanding and conservation of Jefferson County's natural systems through free, year-round public programs and exhibits. The 110-acre park's trails wind through towering ponderosa pines and mountain meadows. The Center also serves as a wildlife habitat.

Lookout Mountain Nature Center
910 Colorow Road
Golden, CO 80401

There are 28 open space parks/properties in the County. The parks have a variety of features, including picnic shelters/pavilions, wildlife viewing, fishing, swimming, walking paths/trails, cross-country skiing, playgrounds, historical points of interest, handicap facilities, and ball fields.
Detailed listing of parks and their amenities

Colorado has some of the most beautiful and popular ski resorts in the world–and Jefferson County offers convenient access to nearly all of them. The nearest ski resort is only 25 minutes away. Some of the ski resorts that can be easily accessed from Jefferson County are:
  • Berthoud Pass–50 miles West of Denver
  • Eldora–52 miles west of Denver
  • Loveland–56 miles west of Denver
  • Winter Park–67 miles northwest of Denver
  • Arapahoe Basin–68 miles west of Denver
  • Copper Mountain–75 miles west of Denver
  • Keystone–75 miles west of Denver
  • Silver Creek–79 miles northwest of Denver
  • Breckenridge–85 miles west of Denver
  • Vail–100 miles west of Denver
  • Beaver Creek–110 miles west of Denver
  • Ski Cooper–125 miles west of Denver
  • Steamboat –157 miles northwest of Denver
  • Monarch–157 miles southwest of Denver
  • Howelsen Hill–160 miles northwest of Denver
  • Crested Butte–230 miles southwest of Denver
Additional information can be obtained from Colorado Skiing.

Spectator Sports/Metro Denver
Baseball - Colorado Rockies, 2007 National League Champions
Football - Denver Broncos - 2015, 1998 & 1997 NFL Champions, 2013 AFC Champions
Hockey - Colorado Avalanche - 2001 & 1996 Stanley Cup Champions
Basketball - Denver Nuggets
Soccer - Colorado Rapids, 2010 MLS Cup Chamions
Lacrosse - Colorado Mammoth
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