· 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.
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
Restrictions: No dogs allowed
Parking: Paved parking areas
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Handicapped Access: ADA accessible facilities and partial paved trail
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