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South Platte Park and the Carson Nature Center

3000 W Carson Dr, Littleton, CO 80120-2983
+1 303-730-1022
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Short stop at Nature Center

We stopped at Nature Center and found it had interesting history on the Chatfield dam construction... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cincinnati, Ohio
ANother great Colorado outdoor recreation area

Visited the nature center and walked the trail along the river with my brother from Philly. Those... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2017
Jim R
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
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3000 W Carson Dr, Littleton, CO 80120-2983
+1 303-730-1022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at Nature Center and found it had interesting history on the Chatfield dam construction and sat in beautiful South Platte Park a great area for walking or biking next to Platte River

Thank peabody2017
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Visited the nature center and walked the trail along the river with my brother from Philly. Those are great trail, easy to maneuver with separate trail for bikes: smart! There is even a bike fix-it place beside the parking lot. Saw a couple of people...More

Thank Jim R
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...More

Thank empress5
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

Thank Vandie2014
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...More

Thank ryanbY1022AG
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...More

Thank Sheri M
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!

Thank Coachchip
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.

Thank LatoFam
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...More

Thank Travelgurl1956
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.

Thank Janet F
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17 July 2016|
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Response from Coachchip | Reviewed this property |
Since I ride my bike starting at the C470 trail and head up the Platte trail I see a lot of people starting from that parking lot next to C470. The best way to get there is off of Platte Canyon Road. The access road is... More
1 March 2016|
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Response from Travelgurl1956 | Reviewed this property |
This a trail and nature center. No campgrounds in this area.