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5 Clear Creek Canyon ParkClear Creek Canyon Park

To ensure that you have the most current & accurate information regarding park closures, changes to rules & regulations, or any other changes to the parks or park systems call or visit Jefferson County Parks & Open Space online.

Clear Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County Open Space

View of Clear Creek from Clear Creek Trail in winter.

Clear Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County Open Space

View of Clear Creek from Clear Creek Trail in winter.

Clear Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County Open Space

View of Clear Creek from Clear Creek Trail in winter.

Clear Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County Open Space

Clear Creek Trail & Whitewater Park.

Clear Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County Open Space

View of Lookout Mountain from Clear Creek Trail.

Clear Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County Open Space

Blacksmith shop & view of Mt. Goliath from Clear Creek Trail.

Clear Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County Open Space

Pioneer cabin & view of South Table Mountain from Clear Creek Trail.

Clear Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County Open Space

Clear Creek Canyon Park. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Clear Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County Open Space

Aspen trees in Clear Creek Canyon Park. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

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Location Map:

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Access & Parking:

East Access & Parking - Clear Creek Trail is approx. a .75 mile walk (follow Clear Creek Trail west) from the Golden Community Center & Whitewater Park Parking Area: 1300 10th St., Golden, Colorado

West Access & Parking:

Parking lot on West Highway 6 (approx. 1000 ft. west of the junction of US 6 & SH 58 & 93).

Parking Lot near Mayhem Gulch (approx. 10 mi. west of the intersection of US 6 and SH 93).

Parking within Golden also available at: Vanover Park, the Golden Visitor's Center & the Golden Library

Acreage:

3297 Acres

Park Hours:

Open one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset.

CLIMBING—SEASONAL WILDLIFE CLOSURES for 2016: Photo - Golden Eagle

February 1 – July 31

The park is home to nesting Golden Eagles and some areas are closed to climbing seasonally to allow the eagles to fledge.

For more information see Climbing in Open Space & the following maps for climbing routes:

1. 2016 Clear Creek Canyon Park Seasonal Closure Map - Mile Marker 270

2. 2016 Clear Creek Canyon Park Seasonal Closure Map - Tunnel 2

« Golden Eagle - click to enlarge

More info: Seasonal Wildlife Closures to Begin February 1 (Jeffco Open Space)

Activities:

Climbing Climbing - features six Climbing Areas (Canal Zone, Little Eiger, Highwire Crag, Highlander Crag, Wall of the Nineties, & Anarchy Wall). See Climbing Guidelines

Fishing Fishing - park visitors must comply with Colorado fishing regulations; see Open Space Fishing & Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Gold Prospecting Gold Prospecting - see Gold Prospecting within Jefferson County

Hiking Hiking

Horseback Riding Horseback Riding

Kayaking Kayaking - see Kayaking and River Activities in Jeffco Open Space & read Swift Water Safety

Mountain Biking Mountain Biking

Rafting Rafting - see Kayaking and River Activities in Jeffco Open Space & read Swift Water Safety

Wildlife Viewing Wildlife Viewing

Amenities:

Parking, Restrooms

Elevation:

Approx. 6200 ft. - 7600 ft.

Clear Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County Open Space

Clear Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County Open Space. USGS Contour Map.

Life Zone(s):

Foothills Zone

Weather forecast for Golden, Colorado:

Click for the latest Golden weather forecast.

Park Rules:

Fishing - requires Colorado Fishing License

Gold Prospecting - see Ethics and Rules for Recreational Gold Prospecting in Clear Creak Canyon Park.

Recreational Prospecting in Clear Creek (Video):

RangeTrackerTV Video, Goldpanning in Clear Creek

Colinda de Gruen of the nonprofit RangeTrackerTV produced this video in cooperation with Jeffco Open Space. Published: Nov. 10, 2012

Trails:

Total: 4-6 miles of trails (2016)

Trail Etiquette: Be aware & expect other trail users. Use a friendly greeting to gain attention when passing. Pass on the left. Yield to traffic traveling uphill when possible. Step off the trail when you are on your cell phone. Read the JCOS guide: Trail Etiquette

Trail Connections to other Parks:

Peaks to Plains Trail - 4-6 mile trail under construction; to be completed in 2016.

Peaks to Plains Trail & Clear Creek Canyon Park - In 1992, PLAN Jeffco formally proposed the conservation of the entire Clear Creek Canyon in Jefferson County, marking the first time a land acquisition was proposed by a non-landowner. In 2012, this led to a Joint Application between Jefferson and Clear Creek Counties for a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to extend recreational development along the Clear Creek Corridor – a small part of the Peaks to Plains Trail. See full story & an update on construction of the Peaks to Plains Trail below.

Features:

Clear Creek

Clear Creek Trail - creek-side trail

Clear Creek Whitewater Park - rafting & kayaking

6 Climbing Areas - Canal Zone, Little Eiger, Highwire Crag, Highlander Crag, Wall of the Nineties, & Anarchy Wall

Wildlife:

Bighorn Sheep (www.nwf.org)

Photos:

Clear Creek Trail at Clear Creek Canyon Park

Clear Creek Canyon Park - Clear Creek Trail in Winter - click to enlarge

Clear Creek Trail in Winter (click to enlarge).

Clear Creek Canyon Park - Clear Creek Trail - click to enlarge

Clear Creek Trail in Winter (click to enlarge).

Clear Creek Canyon Park - Clear Creek Trail - click to enlarge

Clear Creek Trail in Winter (click to enlarge).

Clear Creek Canyon Park - Clear Creek Trail - click to enlarge

Clear Creek Trail in Winter (click to enlarge).

Clear Creek Canyon Park - Clear Creek Trail - click to enlarge

Clear Creek Trail in Winter (click to enlarge).

Clear Creek Canyon Park - Clear Creek Trail - click to enlarge

Clear Creek Trail & Whitewater Park (click to enlarge).

Clear Creek Canyon Park - Clear Creek Trail - click to enlarge

Clear Creek Trail & Whitewater Park (click to enlarge).

Clear Creek Canyon Park - Clear Creek Trail - click to enlarge

Clear Creek Trail with Lookout Mountain in the background (click to enlarge).

Clear Creek Canyon Park - Clear Creek Trail - click to enlarge

Clear Creek Trail with Mount Goliath in the background (click to enlarge).

Clear Creek Canyon Park - Clear Creek Trail - click to enlarge

Clear Creek Trail near the Blacksmith Shop (click to enlarge).

Clear Creek Canyon Park - Clear Creek Trail - click to enlarge

Clear Creek Trail near the Pioneer Cabin (click to enlarge).

Clear Creek Canyon Park - Clear Creek Trail - click to enlarge

Clear Creek Trail with South Table Mountain in the background (click to enlarge).

Photos contributed by Margot Zallen (Feb. 2016)

Clear Creek Canyon Park

Clear Creek Canyon Park - Clear Creek Trail in Winter - click to enlarge

Clear Creek Trail in Winter (click to enlarge).

Photo contributed by Carbonfibrephoto (Feb. 2016)

Click to see photos of Clear Creek Canyon Park at Jefferson County Open Space on Flickr

See photos of Clear Creek Canyon Park Jefferson County Open Space on FlickrClear Creek Canyon Park (Jefferson County Photo Album)

YouTubeClear Creek Canyon Open Space Park, Golden Colorado (YouTube)

History:

Clear Creek received its name from the gold rush of 1859; prior to that it was known as Vasquez River and Cannonball Creek.

Jefferson County Open Space & Clear Creek County Open Space began construction of a 4- to 6-mile creek-side trail through Clear Creek Canyon in 2013. The trail, which will be completed by 2016, will cross the county line. Funding for the trail is provided by a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).

Park Acquisition

Acreage

Year

Action

Funding/Grant

Clear Creek Canyon Park - for the Clear Creek Trail Corridor

.2

2009

Acquisition

Bond Funds

Clear Creek Canyon Park - acquisition of acres along Clear Creek

2009

Acquisition

Bond Funds


Links:

To ensure that you have the most current & accurate information regarding park closures, changes to rules & regulations, or any other changes to the parks or park systems call or visit Jefferson County Parks & Open Space online:

Clear Creek Canyon Park

Jefferson County Open Space: 303.271.5925

Trails Hotline: 303.271.5975

Comments or suggestions for Jefferson County Open Space Staff? Submit them online through the Jeffco Open Space: Contact Form

Jefferson County website: jeffco.us

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Park News:

Peaks to Plains Trail Chosen as one of 16 Priority Trail Projects

Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC) Meeting Notes

March 3, 2016

The Peaks to Plains Trail has been chosen as one of 16 priority trail projects across Colorado by Governor Hickenlooper through the Colorado the Beautiful Initiative. Governor Hickenlooper directed the Department of Natural Resources to lead this Initiative by elevating 16 trail gaps, missing trail segments and unbuilt trail projects across the state to priority projects. The 16 priority projects are intended to jump-start a more focused, coordinated conversation to support and promote outdoor recreation across the state. After six public meetings and almost 200 recommendations, the Peaks to Plains Trail was chosen as one of these 16 priority projects. Although it’s early in the development of this designation, it appears that potential funding opportunities and the ability to better collaborate with state agencies such as CDOT through the newly formed Trails Council are all possibilities.

Staff has developed a concept paper for the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Connect Initiative for the Peaks to Plains Trail, at the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon a 1.5-mile segment that will connect existing Golden trails in Grant Terry Park to the western terminus of the oxbow at Tunnel #1 on Highway 6. Concept papers were due on March 8th. The GOCO board approved JCOS to make a formal grant application at their April 7th meeting. Grant awards are estimated to be in October 2016. The Jeffco Open Space ... read the Director’s Report »

Peaks to Plains Trail - Construction Update [June 1, 2015]

Clear Creek Canyon Park - Peaks to Plains Trail

In January 2014, construction began on the Clear Creek segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail, which runs alongside US 6 through Clear Creek and Jefferson counties. To date, the project is approximately 52 percent complete. A map of the construction zone is on the reverse side. Once completed, the project will provide new and expanded recreational opportunities for the cycling, hiking, angling, kayaking, climbing and prospecting communities, as well as other outdoor enthusiasts. With the most recent revisions to the trail design, the project will include ... read more »

Peaks to Plains Trail - The Clear Creek Canyon Phase [May 1, 2014]

Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC) Meeting Notes, May 1, 2014

Tom Hoby reviewed the Jeffco Open Space recent sales tax revenues with the Committee. The tax revenue has increased at a higher rate than projected in the budgets. The sales tax income in 2013 increased by 7% versus the 2% in the budget and 2014 is showing an increase of 5% versus 3% used in the budget. These updated projections will allow for more flexibility in funds for acquisitions and other projects, such as the Peaks to Plains Trail. ... read more »

Clear Creek Segment of Peaks to Plains Trail: Presentation to Great Outdoors Colorado

Jeffco Parks

Feb 18, 2014

This presentation to Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) capped a grant application for funding to build a 6-mile segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail along Clear Creek and US Highway 6 in Clear Creek Canyon. GOCO awarded $4.6 million to Clear Creek County Open Space and Jeffco Open Space for the intra-county trail.

Peaks to Plains Trail - The Clear Creek Canyon Phase

Colorado Lottery

$4.6 million has been awarded. Currently the Peaks to Plains Trail is the 35-mile Greenway and serves as a world-class recreational corridor in the mountains with a white water park and 14 miles of completed ...

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$4.6 million grant to help build Golden-area creek trail

The Denver Post, YourHub

August 7, 2012

Rafters, hikers, rock climbers, bicyclists and others outdoors enthusiasts along Clear Creek off U.S. 6 in Jefferson County will have an easier and safer experience getting to the creek when the Clear Creek Canyon phase of the Peaks to Plains Trail is built.

Completion might not occur until 2015, but the wheels have been greased by a $4.6 million grant to Clear Creek and Jefferson counties from Great ...

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Peaks to Plains Trail - Clear Creek Canyon Phase

July 2012

Peaks to Plains Trail (map) Earlier this year GOCO announced that grants would be available for developments along Colorado river corridors. Both Clear Creek and Jefferson Counties expressed interest in applying for grants. The GOCO Staff suggested that the two counties partner in a joint application.

In mid-March a joint application was submitted by Clear Creek and Jefferson Counties for development of trail along six miles of Clear Creek spanning the county line. Clear Creek County already has ...

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From Peaks to Plains

Columbine Courier

June 25, 2012

A 5-mile stretch of Clear Creek straddling Jefferson and Clear Creek county open spaces will be the focus of a $4.6 million paved-trail project that promises to open up the waterway for kayakers, runners, hikers and cyclists to enjoy.

The entire project will cost a projected $10.2 million, including $4.5 million in matching funds from Jeffco Open Space and $1.1 million from Clear Creek Open Space. Great Outdoors Colorado announced the ...

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The Peaks to Plains Trail by Clear Creek Open Space & Jefferson County Open Space Video

Published: June 19, 2012

Recreation advocates testify to the overflowing support for a new 6-mile trail along Clear Creek. The trail will be completed by 2016, with 4 miles in Jefferson County and 2 miles in Clear Creek County.

This 6-mile project was submitted for funding to Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). It extends the vision of the Peaks to Plains Trail from Glenwood Springs to Denver International Airport.

On June 19, 2012, GOCO awarded funding to Clear Creek County and Jefferson County for the Peaks to Plains Trail project.

Great Outdoors Colorado Grants Promise New Opportunities To Enjoy Colorado’s Rivers

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)

June 19, 2012

A 5-mile stretch of Clear Creek straddling Jefferson and Clear Creek county open spaces will be the focus of a $4.6 million paved-trail project that promises to open up the waterway for kayakers, runners, hikers and cyclists to enjoy.

Gov. John Hickenlooper today joined the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board to announce $29.5 million in lottery grants to fund eight river and creek projects across the state. The River Corridor Initiative grants will provide close-to-home recreation opportunities for Coloradans to get outdoors and enjoy, experience and learn firsthand about nature and ...

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Open Space purchases Goltra property along Clear Creek

1999

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