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28. White Ranch ParkWhite Ranch Park

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White Ranch Open Space Park

White Ranch Park (Carbonfibrephoto)

White Ranch Open Space Park

Farm equipment on display at White Ranch Park. (Carbonfibrephoto)

White Ranch Open Space Park

Farm equipment on display at White Ranch Park. (Carbonfibrephoto)

White Ranch Open Space Park

Farm equipment on display at White Ranch Park. (Carbonfibrephoto)

White Ranch Open Space Park

View over the grasslands at White Ranch Park. (Carbonfibrephoto)

White Ranch Open Space Park

View west toward the Continental Divide at White Ranch Park. (Carbonfibrephoto)

White Ranch Open Space Park - Ralston Creek

Ralston Creek at White Ranch Park. (Dan Shier)

White Ranch Open Space Park - Ralston Creek

Ralston Creek at White Ranch Park. (Dan Shier)

White Ranch Open Space Park - Cottonwoods in Fall

Cottonwoods in Fall at White Ranch Park. (Dan Shier)

White Ranch Open Space Park - Plum Blossoms

Plum Blossoms at White Ranch Park. (Dan Shier)

White Ranch Open Space Park - Bikers

Bikers at White Ranch Park. (Dan Shier)

White Ranch Open Space Park - Horses

Kids on Horses at White Ranch Park. (Dan Shier)

White Ranch Open Space Park - Hoarfrost

Hoarfrost at White Ranch Park. (Dan Shier)

White Ranch Open Space Park - Skiing

Skiing at White Ranch Park. (Dan Shier)

White Ranch Open Space Park - Fall Colors

Fall Colors at White Ranch Park. (Dan Shier)

White Ranch Open Space Park - Deer & Hoarfrost

Deer & Hoarfrost at White Ranch Park. (Dan Shier)

White Ranch Open Space Park - Yucca in Bloom

Yucca in Bloom at White Ranch Park. (Dan Shier)

White Ranch Open Space Park - Ralston Butte in Winter

Ralston Butte in Winter at White Ranch Park. (Dan Shier)

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Location Map:

View Google Terrain Map - White Ranch Park, Jefferson County Open SpaceView Google Terrain Map

View in Google Earth - White Ranch Park, Golden, Colorado - Jefferson County Open SpaceView Google Earth

White Ranch Park MapWhite Ranch Park Map (Jeffco Open Space)

Access & Parking:

West Trailhead: 25303 Belcher Hill Rd, Golden, CO 80403

East Trailhead: 5611 Glencoe Valley Road, Golden CO 80403

(Parking area provided outside the park; take Belcher Hill Trail - a 1.1 mile trail easement - into the park.

Acreage:

5224 Acres

Park Hours:

Open one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset.

Activities:

Camping Camping - by permit. Contact Jefferson County Open Space at 303.271.5925.

Hiking Hiking

Mountain Biking Mountain Biking

Horseback Riding Horseback Riding

Picnic Tables Picnicking

Wildlife Viewing Wildlife Viewing

Amenities:

Restrooms, Campgrounds, Picnic Tables, Picnic Shelter, Parking

Elevation:

Approx. 6200 ft. - 7800 ft.

White Ranch Park, Jefferson County Open Space

White Ranch 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:

Campsites available by permit: 303.271.5925 (Jeffco Open Space)

Stay on the designated trails – this will ensure the quality of the park by preserving plants (including grasslands) and wildlife habitat.

Trails:

Total: 20.6 miles of Multi-Use Trails

Hiking Dogs On-Leash Mountain Biking Horseback Riding No Climbing

Trail Rules: Multi-Use Trails. Bikers yield to all other trail users; Hikers yield to Equestrians. Stay on the designated trails—this will ensure the quality of the park by preserving plants (including grasslands) and wildlife habitat. Climbing is prohibited on the red rock outcrops in the Ralston Buttes Sensitive Area - see Climbing in Open Space.

Trail Descriptions: White Ranch Park Trail Profiles (JCOS)

Trail Ratings:

Trail Rating Legend

Trail Rating - More DifficultBelcher Hill Trail

Trail Rating - Most DifficultLonghorn Trail

Trail Rating - More DifficultMaverick Trail

Trail Rating - Most DifficultMustang Trail

Trail Rating - More DifficultRawhide Trail

Trail Rating - More DifficultRoundup Loop Trail

Trail Rating - Least DifficultSawmill Trail

Trail Rating - More DifficultShorthorn Trail

Trail Rating - More DifficultWaterhole Trail

Trail Rating - Least DifficultWhippletree Trail

Trail Rating - More DifficultWranglers Run 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:

Belcher Hill Trail connects to local roadways.

Features:

Long Lake Ditch

Ralston Creek

Ralston Reservoir

Sourdough Springs Equestrian Campground - camping by permit only: 303.271.5925 (Jeffco Open Space)

Sawmill Hiker Campground - camping by permit only: 303.271.5925 (Jeffco Open Space)

Scenic Views:

Scenic views of the Denver metro area from trails on Belcher Hill and from Sawmill Hikers Campground.

Farm equipment on display Click to see more photos of White Ranch Park.

Views from White Ranch Park Click to see more photos of White Ranch Park.

White Ranch Park - through the seasons (2015) Click to see more photos of White Ranch Park.

White Ranch Park - through the seasons (2014) Click to see more photos of White Ranch Park.

White Ranch Park in 2013 Click to see more photos of White Ranch Park.

White Ranch Park in 2011 Click to see more photos of White Ranch Park.

White Ranch Park in 2010 Click to see more photos of White Ranch Park.

White Ranch Park in 2008 Click to see more photos of White Ranch Park.

White Ranch Park in Winter (2006) Click to see more photos of White Ranch Park.

Photos:

White Ranch Park - farm equipment on display

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Farm equipment on display at White Ranch Park. (click to enlarge)

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Farm equipment on display at White Ranch Park. (click to enlarge)

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Farm equipment on display at White Ranch Park. (click to enlarge)

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Farm equipment on display at White Ranch Park. View over metro Denver in the background. (click to enlarge)

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White Ranch Park - views

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View over the grasslands (and metro Denver) at White Ranch Park. (click to enlarge)

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View west toward the continental divide at White Ranch Park. (click to enlarge)

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Photo(s) contributed by Carbonfibrephoto (2015)

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White Ranch Park - through the seasons (2015)

White Ranch Park - Ralston Butte in Winter - click to enlarge

Ralston Butte in Winter (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Skiing on Trail - click to enlarge

Skiing on Trail (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Ski Tracks on Trail - click to enlarge

Ski Tracks on Trail (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Snow Scene - click to enlarge

Snow Scene (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Yucca and Hoarfrost - click to enlarge

Yucca & Hoarfrost (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Deer and Hoarfrost - click to enlarge

Deer & Hoarfrost (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Farm Equipment in Blizzard - click to enlarge

Farm Equipment in Blizzard (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Old Barn in Snow - click to enlarge

Old Barn in Snow (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Fall Deer in Fall - click to enlarge

Deer in Fall (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Plum Blossoms along Trail - click to enlarge

Plum Blossoms along Trail (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Plum Blossoms - click to enlarge

Plum Blossoms (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Van Bibber Bridge & Trail - click to enlarge

Van Bibber Bridge & Trail (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Horseback Riding on Trail - click to enlarge

Horseback Riding on Trail (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Yucca in Bloom - click to enlarge

Yucca in Bloom (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Hidden Spring - click to enlarge

Hidden Spring (click to enlarge)

Photo(s) contributed by Dan Shier (2015)

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White Ranch Park - through the seasons (2014)

White Ranch Park - Rainbow over Denver - click to enlarge

View of Rain over Denver (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - View of Rain over Denver - click to enlarge

Rainbow over Denver (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - View of Rain over Denver - click to enlarge

Rainbow over Denver (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - North Meadow - click to enlarge

North Meadow (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Meadow - click to enlarge

Meadow (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Thistle White Ranch Park - Thistle

Thistle

Photos contributed by John Litz (2014)

White Ranch Park - Skiing - click to enlarge

Skiing (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Winter - click to enlarge

Winter (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Aspen Trees in Fall - click to enlarge

Aspen Trees in Fall (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Fall Colors - click to enlarge

Fall Colors (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Fall Colors - click to enlarge

Fall Colors (click to enlarge)

Red Sumac on Trail - Fall Colors - click to enlarge

Red Sumac on Trail (click to enlarge)

Photo contributed by Dan Shier (2014)

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White Ranch Park in 2013

White Ranch Park - Ralston Butte in Winter - click to enlarge

Ralston Butte in Winter (click to enlarge)

Photo(s) contributed by Dan Shier (2013)

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White Ranch Park in 2011

White Ranch Park - Bikers - click to enlarge

Bikers (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Plum Blossoms - click to enlarge

Plum Blossoms (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Kids on Horses - click to enlarge

Kids on Horses (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Hoarfrost - click to enlarge

Hoarfrost (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Deer - click to enlarge

Deer (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Deer - click to enlarge

Deer (click to enlarge)

Photo(s) contributed by Dan Shier (2011)

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White Ranch Park in 2010

White Ranch Park - Ralston Creek - click to enlarge

Ralston Creek (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Ralston Creek - click to enlarge

Ralston Creek (click to enlarge)

Photo(s) contributed by Dan Shier (2010)

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White Ranch Park in 2008

White Ranch Park - Camping - click to enlarge

Camping (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Ralston Butte in Fall - click to enlarge

Ralston Butte in Fall (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Fall- click to enlarge

Fall (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Cottonwoods in Fall - click to enlarge

Cottonwoods in Fall (click to enlarge)

Photo(s) contributed by Dan Shier (2008)

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White Ranch Park in Winter (2006)

White Ranch Park - Snowshoeing on Lower Trail - click to enlarge

Snowshoeing on Lower Trail (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Snowshoeing on Lower Trail - click to enlarge

Snowshoeing on Lower Trail (click to enlarge)

White Ranch Park - Snowshoeing on Lower Trail - click to enlarge

Snowshoeing on Lower Trail (click to enlarge)

Photo(s) contributed by Dan Shier (2006)

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Click to see photos of White Ranch Park at Jefferson County Open Space on Flickr

See photos of White Ranch Park Jefferson County Open Space on FlickrWhite Ranch Park (Jefferson County Photo Album)

History:

Park Acquisition

Acreage

Year

Action

Funding/Grant

White Ranch Park - Weidner property for connection of White Ranch to Golden Gate State Park

266 acres fee & 619 acres conservation easement

2002

Fee & Consevation Easement

White Ranch Park

3002

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:

White Ranch 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:

Conditions at White Ranch Park After Flooding (Video)

October 9, 2013

The east entry to White Ranch Park was closed in the wake of flooding in mid-September. After assessment, bridge inspection and trail repairs, Jefferson County Open Space will re-open the entry. Park and trail conditions updates: White Ranch Park

Published by: Jefferson County Open Space

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