Just 10 short minutes from suburbia and you can be in a different world. In this world, snow-capped mountains take your breath away, herds of bison peacefully graze in the valley below and everywhere you look is another, and yet more beautiful view. Daniels Park is the little piece of paradise that we are talking about. (We mentioned this place in one of our earlier blogs, but felt that it deserved a more in-depth blog post.)
The 1,000 acres that make up Daniels Park is 200 acres of open space and 800 acres of natural preserve for herds of bison.
It started out as a historic ranch and has a very colorful history. The picnic area on Riley Hill is rumored to be a lookout spot for robbers plotting to rob stagecoaches in the wild west days and the spot where frontiersman Kit Carson cooked one of his last meals before he died. The land was donated to the city and county of Denver and has been used for the public since the 1930’s.
It features dramatic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, local wild life and the perfect spot for romantic sunset watching.
When we need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is where you’ll find us; enjoying the solitude and listening for an elk bugle. The paved and winding road through the park is perfect for bikers and hikers can enjoy unpaved trails that range from .2 miles to 5.4 miles long. It’s a great place for families, couples or just on your own and is beautiful no matter what the time of year.
Daniels Park is located at 8615 North Daniels Park Rd., Castle Pines, CO. Park admission is free and dogs are allowed in the park if they are on a leash. Be a good caretaker of the land and leave the park as you found it.????
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Have you been to Daniels Park? What did you think of it? Any suggestions for our readers?