Bluff Lake Nature Center is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Denver, CO that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until September.
Open sunrise to sunset everyday, Bluff Lake is a wonderful place to visit to get some peace and quiet in the city. This special place is protected for our wildlife inhabitants and visiting human neighbors, so please, no dogs or bicycles, and don't forget your insect repellent. The main trail look at Bluff Lake is about a mile long and it circles around a seasonal lake (which is fed by storm water and will have water if the area has had enough rain). The walk around the trail loop is excellent for bird spotting and to experience the changes in habitat along the way (wetland, lake, bluff-top prairie).
under construction but still a nice getaway area from the city.
It's definitely an "in the city" trail. On higher elevations, when you start/end, you can see all of Stapleton and some peaks coming up from behind the city skyline. It's a nice getaway right in the middle of the city. There's a small wetland area (which does attract bugs) but it's nature!
Local spot for a late afternoon run. Great sunsets, a little buggy. Some Strava segments around the lake. Great to have some neature so close to the 'burbs.
The parking area off of M.L.K. Jr Blvd closes at sunset. As of August 2016, some construction near Havana St. closed the main 1 mi. loop around the lake.
Pretty park but I wish that some of the trash would be cleaned up.
Very beautiful, calm, and relaxing to walk/run on.
Great short hike. Nice and peaceful you kind of forget your in the city.
Awesome hike with 16 month old in backpack. Great loop, not too crowded especially for a Sunday. Great short jig or kid friendly hike for all ages. Graded trail. Nice parking lot. Bathrooms at trailhead and porta-potty half way.
Enjoyable, quick hike close to the Stapleton community. With so many other pet/bike friendly trails in the area, it was nice to enjoy a trail without either. Simple mile long trail with quarter mile-markers. Insect repellant is recommended.
A quick note that this trail would not be the best for wheelchair users. I was told that this trail could be usable for wheelchair hikers. It is doable, but it is a pretty good amount of work if you are doing this by yourself.
I changed some of the information in this listing of Bluff Lake yesterday, but it hasn't been posted yet. One important correction that we would like to make is that pets are not allowed at Bluff Lake. This rule is in place to protect the wildlife. Even a leashed dog can scare them away from their home. Thank you.
I'm the fundraiser for Bluff Lake Nature Center and visited the morning of our last 2010 Summer Camp. The kids were doing activities down by Sand Creek, so I got to take a detour off the main trail loop. It was a nice morning, not yet too hot, and the kids were having a good time. They hardly even noticed my intrusion. For more information about Bluff Lake, please visit our web site http://www.blufflakenaturecenter.org.