Shadow Pine Loop-Flying J Ranch Park

Conifer, Colorado

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Flying J Ranch Park is an excellent place for a family outing. With nice picnic gazebos and easy trails, everyone from the youngest child to grandparents can enjoy a day in the mountains. Foothills zone meets montane zone here, and a riparian area borders a little stream. The variety of trees and ?owers o?ers opportunities for ecological education. The park provides habitat for deer and elk, so keep an eye out for these ungulates. Kid-size granitic boulders provide great scrambling for prospective mountain climbers. The trail loop winds through two parcels belonging to Denver Mountain Parks.
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by Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug (Falcon Guides)

Flying J Ranch Park is an excellent place for a family outing. With nice picnic gazebos and easy trails, everyone from the youngest child to grandparents can enjoy a day in the mountains. Foothills zone meets montane zone here, and a riparian area borders a little stream.

The variety of trees and ?owers o?ers opportunities for ecological education. The park provides habitat for deer and elk, so keep an eye out for these ungulates. Kid-size granitic boulders provide great scrambling for prospective mountain climbers. The trail loop winds through two parcels belonging to Denver Mountain Parks.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Conifer
Distance: 2.8
Elevation Gain: 220 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Best May through November. Open year-round, 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset.
Local Contacts: Jefferson County Open Space, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden; 303-271-5925; jeffco.us/open-space
Local Maps: USGS Conifer; National Geographic Trails Illustrated 100 Boulder/Golden
Driving Directions: Directions to Shadow Pine Loop-Flying J Ranch Park

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May 2018