· St. Vrain

Sandstone Ranch Community Park

Much of this park contains sports fields, but the portion along the St. Vrain River has been preserved in its natural state as a district park. The 0.7-mile gravel hiking trail crosses native prairie that is home to Lark Sparrow, Say’s Phoebe, and prairie dogs. Native wildflowers such as prickly poppy can bloom here in abundance. The section of the trail near the river, part of which is paved, passes below scenic sandstone bluffs where Great Horned and Barn Owls sometimes roost. The cottonwood forest along the river is a good place to look for House Wren, Warbling Vireo, and Bullock’s Oriole.

The park is on the St. Vrain Greenway, part of the Front Range Trail plan that will someday connect to a larger trail system running from Wyoming to New Mexico. There is a visitor center on-site and open seasonally with restricted hours.

County: Weld

Directions: From I-25: exit at CO 119, Firestone Blvd./Ken Pratt Blvd. and go west. In approximately one mile, head south at Sandstone Drive to the second parking lot on the west.

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours, Visitor Center hours are seasonal, be sure to check the website
Ownership: Municipal
Admission: Free

Restrictions: No dogs allowed

Parking: Paved parking areas
Lodging: Hotels in Longmont

Handicapped: Yes
Handicapped Access: ADA accessible facilities and partial paved trail

Latitude: 40.155965
Longitude: -105.038629

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Amenities

RestroomsYes
Drinking FountainYes
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsYes
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterYes
Gift ShopYes
PrimitiveNo
CampingNo
PicnicYes
HuntingNo
FishingYes