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Bluff Lake Nature Center Loop

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Bluff Lake Nature Center

Bluff Lake Nature Center Loop is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Aurora, 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

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

lake

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.

hiking
closed
3 days ago

Road construction prevents access

hiking
3 days ago

Easy for a stroll or run. Once you descend from the parking area, the trail is very flat around the lake. Good for little kids or reluctant hikers.

hiking
no shade
8 days ago

This was such a fun nature walk! We saw prairie dogs, birds, frogs and fish. My kids loved the signage around the lake.

hiking
no shade
8 days ago

hiking
no shade
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Loved it! Lots of nature to watch a little of elevation, and good spots to sit down if needed. No dogs No bikes No food

hiking
19 days ago

It is currently closed due to construction.

hiking
28 days ago

It’s a casual stroll over a bluff and around a small lake. Saw two deer and probably 200 rabbits - they’re everywhere along this trail.

no shade
rocky
29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Such a sweet spot. No bikes and dogs makes it very peaceful. Paths are well maintained and the signs very informative.

backpacking
rocky
1 month ago

Love this trail. Beautiful and clean. Great for trail running. They have the cutest little tee pees

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

It is a beautiful trail inside the city, bring something to protect yourself from the sun.

hiking
2 months ago

Full of many surprises a wonderful hike. And I’m not even bluffin

walking
2 months ago

Beautiful urban trail, especially during golden hour.

hiking
3 months ago

The main entrance is off of MLK and Lima St. (you'll find picnic tables and great elevated viewpoints there). What a little urban gem! Very walkable. Lots of waterfowl, raptors, rabbits, and prairie dogs all over the place. No dogs or bikes are allowed in the preserve. After walking the lake loop, we connected to the Sand Creek Greenway Trail going east. We will most definitely be back!

hiking
3 months ago

I could not for the life of me figure out how to enter this lake. There was some construction happening so I’m not sure if the road was closed. I’m bummed as I wanted to check this out

hiking
3 months ago

A cute little quiet trail for the city all around. Nice clear pathways.

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

Mignon. Sans plus en hiver.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy walk with lots of birds and prairie dog sightings.

hiking
Sat Jun 15 2019

Nice little stroll for a city trail, lots of wildlife.

hiking
Mon May 13 2019

Was a really nice trail to take my kids on, however the giant stairs weren’t so fun with a stroller. Otherwise this small lake was beautiful

Nice short trail. Lots of bunnies.

hiking
Wed Mar 20 2019

was a good walk but not stroller accessible like the description said

Thu Jan 03 2019

Wonderful little city trail that feels like a little prairie dog and rabbit wonderland! There is a sweet lake and it was very quiet as well. Fabulous little running path in the city. Not a destination trail but if you are near it and need a leg stretch - it’s perfect!

Wed Nov 28 2018

Great views and really good place to see yourself a P.D...

Fri Nov 09 2018

Nice area to walk and get some light excersise breaks my heart to see all the trash in the creek and every where in general

walking
Sun Sep 30 2018

Beautiful location! A hidden gem, for sure. My kids loved running around. A very cool feature is the different habitats all in one park.

hiking
Tue Aug 07 2018

This is a beautiful hike around a lake with lots of wildlife in the area (ie rabbits, waterfowl). The scenery is beautiful and it is easy to forget that you are in Denver. Well worth a stop.

Mon Aug 06 2018

Beautiful quick run or walk for your lunch hour if you work close. Only took me an hour to get there, walk the route and get back to work

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