Bluff Lake Nature Center

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Bluff Lake Nature Center is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Denver, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
85 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

Bluff Lake has a 1-mile Lake Loop with an additional ½-mile Sand Creek Loop. The 123-acre wildlife park is located within Denver, Colorado city limits. It is mostly flat, with both stairs and an accessible entry ramp. Wildlife abounds and varied ecosystems offer year-round activity options. Open, free to the public, from sunrise to sunset, every day. Bluff Lake provides peaceful solace within the confines of the city. The Denver Post noted that the view from the top of the Bluff is one of the better views of the Denver skyline and the Front Range. Once below the bluff, there is peaceful serenity and plenty of wildlife. Recent renovations have resulted in a larger lake and wetland area. There are several nature viewing stations, including a boardwalk over the lake. The focus is peaceful harmony between nature and humanity. Pets, bicycles and motorized vehicles are not allowed. There is ample, paved parking. Picnic tables are available at the top of the bluff. Portable-toilets only until renovations are complete. (See their web site for additional evening and planned activities and events.) Connections to the longer Sand Creek Trail are at the east and west ends of the property. (Sand Creek bicyclist and dog-walkers are given a bypass trail around the outside of the property.) Contact info@blufflake.org for additional information.

walking
1 month ago

It was pretty disappointed day to begin with.. I was planning on going to a 6 mile hike but something came up and I had to change my plan. Then I still wanted to enjoy the nice 65 degree weather, so looked up near by trail and came to this one. It was short trail, so I didn't want to run but to walk and enjoy the sound of birds and water. Very nice and quiet trail. Glad I checked this one off from my list with a satisfaction.

2 months ago

Nice day to take a walk with the kids.

hiking
3 months ago

Trail was open and a pleasant walk. Surrounded by the expanding city but lots of prairie dogs, rabbits, geese, ducks, kingfishers, and many other kinds of birds. Good stroll for little kids.

walking
7 months ago

No climbing here, its mostly flat except for a decent from the parking area where you can either take stairs or a gradual decline ramp down. There are nice views of the wetlands but when we visited, maybe a 1/4 of the loop was closed. Most of the loop is unshaded and you can see houses nearby. A little unsettling fact is it appears to be next to a jail. You can see some of the fence while on the trail. Maybe that's why it felt abandoned. There were also tons of traps on the hillside for meerkats so that ruined some of the nature feel to it. We sat and watched the little guys hoping they would stay away from the traps. I understand they're a pest and all but it just seemed strange to be trapping them in a park? Overall, this spot isn't ideal if you want to get some quality nature time.

hiking
8 months ago

A nice small park. A good walk if you live near by. The river has very small waterfalls that flow into a lake that us populated with natural tall grasses.

walking
9 months ago

light easy walk....hot today

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Not much to see...small creek and pond but the rest of the trail is surrounded by buildings. Easy hike.

walking
Monday, February 13, 2017

Awesome view of the mountains!

walking
Monday, October 31, 2016

Sweet little loop. Nice to see the wildlife.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

under construction but still a nice getaway area from the city.

hiking
Thursday, September 01, 2016

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!

trail running
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Bugs galore.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Pretty park but I wish that some of the trash would be cleaned up.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Very beautiful, calm, and relaxing to walk/run on.

hiking
Saturday, August 29, 2015

Great short hike. Nice and peaceful you kind of forget your in the city.

hiking
Sunday, July 19, 2015

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.

birding
Sunday, June 21, 2015

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.

hiking
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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.

nature trips
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

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.

walking
Monday, August 02, 2010

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.

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