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7. Crown Hill ParkCrown Hill Park

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View over Crown Hill Lake at Crown Hill Park (Jefferson County Open Space). Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.com

View over Crown Hill Lake at Crown Hill Park. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.com.

Fall Leaves at Crown Hill Park overlooking the lake (Jefferson County Open Space). Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.com

Fall Leaves at Crown Hill Park overlooking the lake. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.com.

Evening Clouds above Crown Hill Park (Jefferson County Open Space). Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.com

Evening Clouds above Crown Hill Park. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.com.

View over Crown Hill Lake at Crown Hill Park (Jefferson County Open Space). Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.com

View over Crown Hill Lake at Crown Hill Park. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.com.

Crown Hill Park - Jefferson County Open Space

Parking & Trailhead at Crown Hill Park

Crown Hill Park - Jefferson County Open Space

Trailhead & Crown Hill Lake at Crown Hill Park

RangeTrackerTV Video presents Crown Hill Park

Colinda de Gruen of the nonprofit RangeTrackerTV produced this video in cooperation with Jeffco Open Space. Published: Nov 8, 2013

Click to see more photos of Crown Hill Parksee more PHOTOS Click to see more photos of Crown Hill Park

Location Map:

View Google Terrain Map - Crown Hill Park, Jefferson County Open SpaceView Google Terrain Map

View in Google Earth - Crown Hill Park, Golden, Colorado - Jefferson County Open SpaceView Google Earth

Crown Hill Park MapCrown Hill Park Map (Jeffco Open Space)

Access & Parking:

Trailhead: 9307 W. 26th Ave. Lakewood, CO 80215

Acreage:

228 Acres

Park Hours:

Open one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset.

Nature Programs schedule: Lookout Mountain Nature Center

CLOSED: Kestrel Pond National Urban Wildlife Refuge is closed from March 1 – June 30 (2016) for seasonal waterfowl nesting & brooding. See the Seasonal Closure Map (Jeffco Open Space)

More info: Seasonal Wildlife Closures to Begin February 1 (2016) (Jeffco Open Space)

Activities:

Cycling Cycling

Hiking Hiking

Picnic Tables Picnicking

Fishing Fishing - lake fishing (bass, catfish & trout)

Guided Nature Walks Guided Nature Walks - offered by the Lookout Mountain Nature Center

Horseback Riding Horseback Riding - 2 trails (a 2.5 mile loop around the park & a 1.2 mile loop around the lake)

In-line Skating In-line Skating

Wildlife Viewing Wildlife Viewing - see Coyote, Diving Ducks, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Turtles, and a number of migrating birds including Canadian Geese, Mallard Ducks, Wood Ducks, and Great-Blue Herons. See the JCOS Bird Species Checklist for Crown Hill Park.

Info-FAQs FAQs - read about the park, Kestrel Pond, the equestrian training ring, & more: Crown Hill Park FAQs

Amenities:

Drinking Water, Restrooms, Picnic Shelter, Picnic Tables, Fishing Pier, Paved Paths, Fitness Stations, ADA Parking, Horse Arena, Horse Trailer Parking, Phone

Elevation:

5500 ft.

Crown Hill Park, Jefferson County Open Space

Crown Hill Park, Jefferson County Open Space. USGS Contour Map.

Life Zone(s):

Plains Zone

Weather forecast for Lakewood, Colorado:

Click for the latest Lakewood weather forecast.

Park Rules:

Fishing - requires Colorado Fishing License.

Wheeled traffic yields to all other users.

No boating, swimming or wading.

Leave No Trace - Jeffco Open Space RangeTrackerTV visits Crown Hill Park to discuss The Seven Principles of Outdoor Etiquette (Video):

RangeTrackerTV Video, "Leave No Trace"

Colinda de Gruen of the nonprofit RangeTrackerTV produced this video in cooperation with Jeffco Open Space. Published: May 30, 2012

Trails:

Total: 10.1 miles of trails

Cycling Hiking Dogs On-Leash Horseback Riding In-line Skating

Trail Rules: Includes a Hiker-Only Trail. Equestrian use permitted on designated trails.

Trail Ratings:

Trail Rating Legend

Trail Rating - Least DifficultInner Loop Trail

Trail Rating - Least DifficultNature Trail

Trail Rating - Least DifficultOuter Loop fTrail

See also: JCOS Trail Difficulty Ratings

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:

1. Connection to the 32nd Avenue Trail

2. Connection to local streets and roadways

Features:

National Urban Wildlife Refuge - Kestrel Pond (northwest corner of the park) is home to a variety of migrating waterfowl.

Photos:

Crown Hill Park

Parking & Trailhead at Crown Hill Park

Parking & Trailhead at Crown Hill Park

Parking & Trailhead at Crown Hill Park

Parking & Trailhead at Crown Hill Park

Parking & Trailhead at Crown Hill Park

Trailhead & Crown Hill Lake at Crown Hill Park

Walk With Fred CROWN HILL PARK. Published: Feb 24, 2011

Click to see photos of Crown Hill Park at Jefferson County Open Space on Flickr

See photos of Crown Hill Park Jefferson County Open Space on FlickrCrown Hill Park (Jefferson County Photo Album)

Crown Hill Open Space Park and what might have happened - speculative photosimulation of shopping enter. Photo Simulation by POITRA Visual Communications LLC, www.poitra.com

Crown Hill Open Space Park and what might have happened.

Photosimulations by POITRA Visual

Crown Hill Open Space Park and what might have happened - speculative photosimulation of shopping enter. Photo Simulation by POITRA Visual Communications LLC, www.poitra.com

Crown Hill Open Space Park and what might have happened.

... but didn't.

Photosimulations by POITRA Visual

See more: Imagine what might have happened

History:

Crown Hill Park is the site of the 1860 Lee family homestead. In 1972 the West Aspen Company of Texas proposed a high-rise residential and commercial development at the site. This proposal triggered concern from the community regarding preservation of the lake and the surrounding open space, which served as a habitat for wildlife. At this time, Jefferson County Open Space, working with the cities of Lakewood and Wheat Ridge, was able to acquired the land from the Crown Hill Association. Thus, the 242 acre preserve known now as Crown Hill Park and the Kestrel Pond National Urban Wildlife Refuge was established.

Park Acquisition

Acreage

Year

Action

Funding/Grant

Crown Hill Park

1995

Purchased

$400,000 grant from GOCO

Crown Hill Park

182

1979

Purchase


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:

Crown Hill Park (at jeffco.us)

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

Follow JCOS on Twitter

Park News:

Encouraging Healthy Choices at Crown Hill Park

Jefferson County Open Space News Release

November 22, 2015

Encouraging Healthy Choices at Crown Hill Park: No “BUTTS” About It! Starting the week of November 30, 2015, Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) will place signs at Crown Hill Park reminding park visitors, including teens, that state statute prohibits possession of any tobacco or marijuana product by a minor and prohibits public consumption of marijuana by anyone of any age. ...

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Crown Hill Park Final Plan for Current Project

Jefferson County Open Space News Release

May 5, 2013

Based on an abundance of information gathered through an extensive public involvement process, Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) has determined a final course of action for the current capital project at Crown Hill Park. This decision comes after thousands of citizens provided their input and ideas in a survey, community meetings and on site visits with JCOS staff. There was a broad range of thinking among community members with ...

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Crown Hill Park

May 2013

The Open Space Department has had an on-going, five-year program on making repairs and changes at Crown Hill Park. During the initial years of the program, the improvements were to the natural surface trails, where crusher fines were added to level the trails and make them more useable in wet weather. Beginning in 2013, the County Road & Bridge Department replaced many sections of the hard surface trails that needed repair or rerouting. Additional plans were to make a small area for handicapped parking and JCOS...

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