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South Platte Park and the Carson Nature Center

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Address: 3000 W Carson Dr, Littleton, CO 80120-2983
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+1 303-730-1022
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12:00 - 16:30
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Tue - Fri 12:00 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 16:30
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South Platte Park contains the only unchannelized stretch of the South...

South Platte Park contains the only unchannelized stretch of the South Platte River in the Denver Metro Area. 878 acres of open space provide 5 lakes open to fishing, 4+ miles of walking trails, a paved regional recreation trail, 2.5 miles of river, over 300 species of wildlife, a free nature center with interactive exhibits, and nature classes for schools, youth, families, and adults.

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Great Hiking/Biking Trail

We hiked from C470 and Santa Fe to downtown to Littleton. Multiple places along to trail to walk along the river. The day we hiked, the trail was moderately trafficked with bikers... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2017
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Elmhurst, Illinois
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We hiked from C470 and Santa Fe to downtown to Littleton. Multiple places along to trail to walk along the river. The day we hiked, the trail was moderately trafficked with bikers and hikers. The paved is for bikes and crushed gravel for walkers/hikers. Lots of bird watching, saw fishermen. The nature center is nice and offers great information for... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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139 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Wonderful place and great staff! Terrible parking if you go on the weekend. The lot is always full. Lots to see here-biking, walking paths, fishing, bird watching. Very well maintained

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Thank Vandie2014
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 December 2016

I brought my son here one fall afternoon just because we happened to be in the area. It was beautiful and shockingly serene given the proximity to Santa Fe and C470. The nature center there is also well-staffed and a fun distraction for kids (and parents).

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Thank ryanbY1022AG
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85 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Great nature center and parking lot for User friendly hike/bike path along the South Platte River . Located behind Aspen Grove shopping center. Just head west , along parking lot to find the nature center. Great displays and hands on for nature lovers of all ages. Have walked the many trails and paths thru the seasons and years. Excellent bird... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 7 July 2016

Great location to hike, walk, ride a bike. Learn and connect with nature. Go during the weekdays in the mid mornings, less people. Weekends the trails and park are very, very busy!

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Littleton, Colorado
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Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

Beautiful trails with plenty to see and do! Kids love scrambling through the forest, over the rocks and looking for owls.

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Littleton, Colorado
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294 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2016

This is my favorite trail to run and bike on. It offers a side gravel trail for several miles to allow space for the runners and walkers, staying out of the biker traffic. Beautiful views of the Platte, and you can access Chatfield State Park to the South, or head all the way to downtown Denver by heading North. I... More 

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Great place to access the South Platte River. You can hike either direction. The Nature Center is very informative, especially for the kids. Right by Aspen Meadows for great restaurant access, or to score a Starbucks.

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Thank Janet F
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Reviewed 11 November 2015

Most people are familiar with the Carson Nature Center. Fewer take time to walk upstream and enjoy the spacious bird blind. This blind is a great place to spot water fowl, herons and four-legged wildlife that frequent South Platte Park. There's even a small colony of prairie dogs nearby.

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Thank James M
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015

We walked on the trail in the woods and also near the bike trail. It was very enjoyable, saw a number of birds.

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