Valley View Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 6,044 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 400 feet.
Valley View Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This fun and fast loop rolls through open meadows and alongside amazing red rock formations. Deer, coyotes, and birds of prey are common sights on this loop. The loop through South Valley is a fun, fast run passing spectacular red rock formations and open meadows. It can be run either clockwise or counterclockwise; the clockwise direction is described here."
--Adam W. Chase, Nancy Hobbs, Peter Jones , Best Trail Runs: Denver, Boulder, & Colorado Springs (Falcon Guides).
"Unlike many of the Jeffco Parks, this ride has no extended climbs. Yes, you will get your vertical elevation numbers in as it bobs, rolls and weaves around the spectacular red rock formation and hogback. With the multiple trailheads and access points, this park allows you to get creative and so your ride can be different every time. Combined with road or paved path miles, this can be as long or as short as one desires and is also a good winter ride. There may be seasonal closures on some trails. TERRAIN: Wide to narrow hardpack; some sand and very few rocks."
--Tom Barnhart, Front Range Single Tracks: Volume 2 (Fat Tire Press).
"This short and easy loop takes you past towering rock formations created by erosion of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains. Early Native Americans created shelters under over-hanging rocks. While hiking along, use your imagination to ?nd various shapes in the red towers. Golden eagles and cli? swallows ?nd nesting sites on rock ledges, where white droppings betray their homes. Interpretive signs explain the park’s natural features and geologic history. For people in the south Denver metro area, this park provides a convenient place for a quick workout or just to enjoy a beautiful piece of hogback valley."
--Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug, Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides).
"Just southwest of Denver lays another treasure maintained by Jefferson County Open Space. South Valley Park offers 909 acres of preserved and beautiful land close to the urban hullabaloo of the big city. We chose a couple of trails that form a lollipop loop through a valley that is home to spectacular geological formations and critical range for elk and mule deer.
A number of red stone outcroppings of the Fountain and Lyons formations are scattered throughout the valley, making this short trail well worth a visit. Trail maps are available at the trailhead. One section of the loop is for hikers only; the rest of the park is multiuse. Mountain bikes and horses are common sights along the way."
--Steve Johnson & David Weinstein, Best Loop Hikes Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"A pretty foothills area that includes the hogback and the usual striking rock formations, South Valley Park is great for hiking or biking. Part of the trail system is for hikers only, while the rest is open to bikers too. Coyote Song Trail is a great, perhaps the best, option in the park. Farthest from the road, it weaves through the beautiful rock formations and low foothills. The trail has more of an uphill start from the parking lot at the south entrance off of Deer Creek Canyon Road, more downhill from the north."
--Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh, Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press).
"Relatively gentle mountain biking in a beautiful setting southwest of Denver. Speed through a magical landscape of sun-drenched meadows and jutting red rock formations, as the Lockheed Martin complex looms above."
--Robert Hurst, Best Bike Rides Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides).
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