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13 Lair O the Bear ParkLair 'o' the Bear 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.

Lair O the Bear Park, Jefferson County Open Space - in winter

Bear Creek Trail in February snow.

Lair O the Bear Park, Jefferson County Open Space - in winter

Bear Creek from Bear Creek Trail in winter.

Lair O the Bear Park, Jefferson County Open Space - in winter

View along Bear Creek Trail.

Lair O the Bear Park, Jefferson County Open Space - in winter

Crossing Bear Creek on Bear Creek Trail - every dog on a leash!

Lair O the Bear Park, Jefferson County Open Space - in winter

Parking & Trailhead.

Lair O the Bear Park, Jefferson County Open Space - in winter

Creekside Trail.

Lair O the Bear Park, Jefferson County Open Space - in winter

View of Bear Creek from Creekside Trail.

Lair O the Bear Park, Jefferson County Open Space - in winter

View of Bear Creek from Bear Creek Trail.

Lair O the Bear Park, Jefferson County Open Space - in winter

View of Bear Creek from Bear Creek Trail.

Lair O the Bear Park, Jefferson County Open Space - in winter

View of Bear Creek from Bear Creek Trail.

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Location Map:

View Google Terrain Map - Lair O the Bear Park, Idledale, Jefferson County Open SpaceView Google Terrain Map

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Lair O the Bear Park MapLair O the Bear Park Map (Jeffco Open Space)

Access & Parking:

East Trailhead: 22600 State Hwy. 74, Idledale, Colorado

Acreage:

392 Acres

Park Hours:

Open one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset.

Activities:

Fishing Fishing

Hiking Hiking

Horseback Riding Horseback Riding

Mountain Biking Mountain Biking

Picnic Tables Picnicking

Wildlife Viewing Wildlife Viewing

Educational Shelter Educational Shelter - Lookout Mountain Nature Center holds campfire events & programs. Current event schedule: The Nature Center

Events - events include ¡Fiesta en el Parque! celebrated in July. Current event schedule: Open Space Events

Amenities:

Restrooms, Picnic Tables (28) with charcoal grills, Fishing Dock (Handicapped Accessible), Parking

Elevation:

Approx. 6600 ft. - 7200 ft.

Lair O the Bear Park, Jefferson County Open Space

Lair o the Bear Park, Jefferson County Open Space. USGS Contour Map.

Life Zone(s):

Foothills Zone

Weather forecast for Idledale, Colorado:

Click for the latest Idledale weather forecast.

Park Rules:

No camping

Fishing - requires Colorado Fishing License; limitis are posted & enforced by Jeffco Open Space.

No bicycles or horses in the Picnic areas.

Trails:

Total: 4.6 miles of trails

Hiking Dogs On-Leash Horseback Riding Mountain Biking

Trail Rules: Multi-Use & several Hiker-Only Trails.

Trail Comments:

- Bear Creek Trail - 2.3 mile trail; good for kids and strollers.

- Bruin Bluff Trail - .3 mile trail.

- Castor Cutoff Trail - .2 mile trail.

- Creekside Nature Loop Trail - .2 mile trail; Hiker-Only trail (no horses, bikes or dogs).

Trail Ratings:

Trail Rating Legend

Trail Rating - Least DifficultTrail Rating - More DifficultBear Creek Trail

Trail Rating - More DifficultBruin Bluff Trail

Trail Rating - Least DifficultCastor Cutoff Trail

Trail Rating - Least DifficultCreekside Nature Loop Trail

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:

Bear Creek Trail connects to the Little Park (Denver Mountain Parks) on the east & Pence Park (Denver Mountain Parks) on the west.

Features:

Bear Creek

Fishing Pier

Plants:

See: Colorado Plant Database for Lair 'o' the Bear Park

Wildlife:

Bird Watching:

Tuesday Birder group visits Lair 'o' Bear Open Space Park - Stellerís Jay

Tuesday Birder group visits Lair 'o' Bear Open Space Park

Tuesday Birders lead by Dave Hill, Ann Bonnell and Mary Keithler, visited Lair 'o' Bear, a Jeffco Open Space Park, on November 4th for a three hour walk amidst 31 - 53° weather to record bird species and numbers.

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Bear Creek Trail Click to see more photos of Lair O the Bear Park.

Photos:

Parking & Trailhead at Lair 'o' the Bear Park

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Fall 2015 - Parking & Trailhead - click to enlarge

Parking & Trailhead at Lair 'o' the Bear Park (click to enlarge)

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Fall 2015 - Parking & Trailhead - click to enlarge

Parking & Trailhead at Lair 'o' the Bear Park (click to enlarge)

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Fall 2015 - Parking & Trailhead - click to enlarge

Parking & Trailhead at Lair 'o' the Bear Park (click to enlarge)

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Fall 2015 - Parking & Trailhead - click to enlarge

Parking & Trailhead at Lair 'o' the Bear Park (click to enlarge)

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Fall 2015 - Parking & Trailhead - click to enlarge

Parking & Trailhead at Lair 'o' the Bear Park (click to enlarge)

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Fall 2015 - Parking & Trailhead - click to enlarge

Parking & Trailhead at Lair 'o' the Bear Park (click to enlarge)

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Creekside Trail at Lair 'o' the Bear Park

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Fall 2015 - Creekside Trail - click to enlarge

Creekside Trail, intersection with Bear Creek Trail, at Lair 'o' the Bear Park (click to enlarge)

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Fall 2015 - Creekside Trail - click to enlarge

Creekside Trail, intersection with Bear Creek Trail, at Lair 'o' the Bear Park (click to enlarge)

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Fall 2015 - Creekside Trail - click to enlarge

Creekside Trail at Lair 'o' the Bear Park (click to enlarge)

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Fall 2015 - Creekside Trail - click to enlarge

Creekside Trail, protected off-path area, at Lair 'o' the Bear Park (click to enlarge)

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Fall 2015 - Creekside Trail - click to enlarge

Creekside Trail view of Bear Creek at Lair 'o' the Bear Park (click to enlarge)

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Fall 2015 - Creekside Trail - click to enlarge

Creekside Trail at Lair 'o' the Bear Park (click to enlarge)

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Fall 2015 - Creekside Trail - click to enlarge

Creekside Trail view of Bear Creek at Lair 'o' the Bear Park (click to enlarge)

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Photos contributed by Rachel Powell (Sept. 2015)

Bear Creek Trail at Lair 'o' the Bear Park (in Winter)

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Fall 2015 - Creekside Trail - click to enlarge

View of Bear Creek from Bear Creek Trail (click to enlarge).

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Winter - click to enlarge

Bear Creek Trail in February snow (click to enlarge)

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Winter - click to enlarge

Bear Creek Trail in February snow (click to enlarge)

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Winter - click to enlarge

View along Bear Creek Trail (click to enlarge).

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Winter - click to enlarge

View of Bear Creek from Bear Creek Trail (click to enlarge).

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Winter - click to enlarge

View of Bear Creek from Bear Creek Trail (click to enlarge)

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Winter - click to enlarge

View of Bear Creek from Bear Creek Trail (click to enlarge).

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Winter - click to enlarge

View of Bear Creek from Bear Creek Trail (click to enlarge).

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Winter - click to enlarge

Bear Creek Trail in February (click to enlarge).

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Winter - click to enlarge

Bear Creek Trail in February (click to enlarge).

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Winter - click to enlarge

Crossing the creek & every dog on a leash! (click to enlarge)

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Winter - click to enlarge

Bear Creek Trail (click to enlarge).

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Winter - click to enlarge

View of Bear Creek from Bear Creek Trail (click to enlarge).

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Winter - click to enlarge

View of Bear Creek from Bear Creek Trail (click to enlarge).

Lair 'o' the Bear Park in Fall 2015 - Creekside Trail - click to enlarge

View of Bear Creek from Bear Creek Trail (click to enlarge).

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Photos contributed by Rachel Powell (Feb. 2016)


History:

Jefferson County Open Space purchased the Lair 'o' the Bear in 1987.

Park Acquisition

Acreage

Year

Action

Funding/Grant

Lair 'o' the Bear Park

1987

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:

Lair 'o' the Bear 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

Follow JCOS on Twitter

Park News:

Lair 'o' the Bear Park Flooding Aftermath (Video)

October 9, 2013

Bear Creek swelled its banks with the historic rainfall of the mid-September 2013 storms. The flooding caused widespread damage to Lair 'o' the Bear Park. Following assessment, bridge inspections and trail repair, this Jeffco Open Space Park will re-open in 2013. Volunteers are aiding the cause. Park updates are posted at: http://jeffco.us/parks/parks-and-trails/

Published by: Jefferson County Open Space

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