Sloan Lake Park

Denver, Colorado

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Sloan Lake is the glassy centerpiece of Sloan Lake Park, a large preserve on the western edge of Denver. This land was once arid prairie, traversed only by a stagecoach and wagon track that connected Denver with the mountain gold fields. In 1861, however, farmer Thomas Sloan excavated a well and the next morning found a growing lake filling his property. It seems Sloan’s well had penetrated a large underground aquifer that slowly drained onto the surface. Special attractions: Sloan Lake, playground, boat ramp and rentals (summer), mountain views, and fishing.

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"Sloan Lake is the glassy centerpiece of Sloan Lake Park, a large preserve on the western edge of Denver. This land was once arid prairie, traversed only by a stagecoach and wagon track that connected Denver with the mountain gold fields.

In 1861, however, farmer Thomas Sloan excavated a well and the next morning found a growing lake filling his property. It seems Sloan’s well had penetrated a large underground aquifer that slowly drained onto the surface. Special attractions: Sloan Lake, playground, boat ramp and rentals (summer), mountain views, and fishing."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Denver
Distance: 2.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau
Driving Directions: Directions to Sloan Lake Park

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May 2018