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15. Matthews/Winters ParkMatthews/Winters Park

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Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

Parking Area & Trailhead at Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

Trailhead at Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

Interpretive Signage (From Living Room to Legacy - PLAN Jeffco & the origin of Jeffco Open Space)

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

Picnic Area at Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

Interpretive Signage (The History of Mount Vernon)

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

Mt. Vernon Creek at Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

Village Walk Trail at Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

Village Walk Trail at Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

View of the Front Range from Village Walk Trail at Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

Village Walk Trail at Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

Prickly Pear Cactus in bloom along Village Walk Trail Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

Red Rocks Trail (Multi-Use) at Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

Red Rocks Trail (Multi-Use) at Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

Red Rocks Trail (Multi-Use) at Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

Rock Formation along Red Rocks Trail at Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

Red Rocks Trail (Multi-Use) at Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

Red Rocks Trail (Multi-Use) at Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space, Golden, CO

Red Rocks Trail (Multi-Use) at Matthews/Winters Park

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Location Map:

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Matthews Winters Park MapMatthews/Winters Park Map (Jeffco Open Space)

Access & Parking:

Trailhead: 1103 County Road 93, Golden, CO 80401 (Access is just off I-70, south on Highway 93).

Acreage:

2,474 Acres

Park Hours:

Open one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset.

Activities:

Climbing Climbing - see Climbing
        Guidelines

Hiking Hiking

Horseback Riding Horseback Riding

Mountain Biking Mountain Biking

Picnic Tables Picnicking

Wildlife Viewing Wildlife Viewing

Amenities:

Restrooms, Picnic Areas, Interpretive Signage, Parking

Elevation:

Approx. 6200 ft. - 7200 ft.

Matthews Winters Park

Matthews/Winters 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:

Trails:

Total: 9.2 miles of trails

Hiking Horseback Riding Mountain Biking

Trail Rules: Multi-use, Biker-Only, Hiker & Equestrian-Only Trails.

Trail Descriptions: Matthews/Winters Park Trail Profiles (JCOS)

Trail Comments:

- Trails are .3 to 2.8 miles

- Village Walk Trail is Hiker & Equestrian-Only

- Village Ride Trail is Biker-Only

Trail Ratings:

Trail Rating Legend

Trail Rating - More DifficultDakota Ridge Trail

Trail Rating - Most DifficultMorrison Slide Trail

Trail Rating - Most DifficultRed Rocks Trail

Trail Rating - Least DifficultVillage Ride Trail

Trail Rating - Least DifficultVillage Walk Trail

Trail Rating - Most DifficultZorro 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:

1. Red Rocks Trail connects to Red Rocks Park.

2. Zorro Trail connects to William F Hayden Park (Green Mountain).

Features:

Wild Plum Trees

Mt. Vernon historical town site (Village Walk Trail)

Scenic Views:

1. Dakota Ridge Trail - scenic views of metro Denver

2. Morrison Slide Trail - scenic views of the metro area

Parking & Trailhead Click to see more photos of Matthews-Winters Park.

Village Walk Trail Click to see more photos of Matthews-Winters Park.

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Red Rocks Trail Click to see more photos of Matthews-Winters Park.

Photos:

Parking Area & Trailhead at Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews Winters Park Photo - Parking Area Matthews Winters Park Photo - Trailhead
Matthews Winters Park Photo - Trailhead Signage

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Matthews Winters Park Photo - Restrooms Matthews Winters Park Photo - Parking, Restrooms, and Trailhead
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Matthews Winters Park Photo - Trailhead Signage (No Bikes) Matthews Winters Park Photo - Trailhead Signage
Matthews Winters Park Photo - Trailhead Signage Matthews Winters Park Photo - Picnic Area
Matthews Winters Park Photo - Trailhead Signage (No Bikes) Matthews Winters Park Photo - Benches on Trail
Matthews Winters Park Photo - Bridge over Creek Matthews Winters Park Photo - Creek
Matthews Winters Park Photo - Creek Matthews Winters Park Photo - Creek
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Village Walk Trail at Matthews/Winters Park (.3 miles)

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Connection to Village Ride Trail at Matthews/Winters Park (.6 miles, Biker-Only)

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Red Rocks Trail at Matthews/Winters Park (2.8 miles)

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Matthews Winters Park Photo - Red Rocks Trail, rock formation Matthews Winters Park Photo - Red Rocks Trail
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Plants at Matthews/Winters Park

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Matthews Winters Park Photo - Village Walk Trail - Plants and Animals Matthews Winters Park Photo - Village Walk Trail - Plants and Animals
Matthews Winters Park Photo - Village Walk Trail - Plants and Animals Matthews Winters Park Photo - Village Walk Trail - Plants and Animals
Matthews Winters Park Photo - Village Walk Trail - Plants and Animals Matthews Winters Park Photo - Village Walk Trail - Plants and Animals
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Matthews Winters Park Photo - Plants and Animals Matthews Winters Park Photo - Plants and Animals (Blue Grass)
Matthews Winters Park Photo - Plants and Animals Matthews Winters Park Photo - Plants and Animals (Blue Grass)
Matthews Winters Park Photo - Plants and Animals Matthews Winters Park Photo - Plants and Animals (Blue Grass)
Matthews Winters Park Photo - Plants and Animals Matthews Winters Park Photo - Plants and Animals (Blue Grass)
Matthews Winters Park Photo - Plants and Animals Matthews Winters Park Photo - Plants and Animals (Blue Grass)
Matthews Winters Park Photo - Plants and Animals Matthews Winters Park Photo - Plants and Animals (Blue Grass)

Bugs & Insects at Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews Winters Park Photo - Bugs and Insects  

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Photos contributed by Rachel Powell

See photos of Matthews Winters Park Jefferson County Open Space on Flickr Matthews Winters Park (Jefferson County Photo Album)

History:

The land, which formerly belonged to the Matthews family in 1885, was acquired by Jefferson County Open Space from William Winters by a land purchase in 1974.

Park Acquisition

Acreage

Year

Action

Funding/Grant

Matthews/Winters Park - sold to CDOT for realigning US 40 & enlarging the Pterodactyl Parking Lot

-6.4

2004

Sale

Matthews/Winters Park

868

1976

Acquisition

Matthews/Winters Park - land which belonged to the Matthews family (1885)

1974

Acquisition


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:

Matthews Winters 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

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