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South Platte Park and the Carson Nature Center

Closed Now: 12:00 - 16:30
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Kids Learn and have Fun

This is a compact way to learn about the flora and fauna of this area, then take a walk along the... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2018
Littleton, Colorado, United States
We Love South Platte Park

Pros +We could walk here every day. +There is so much to see and enjoy. +There are amazing birds... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2017
Denver, Colorado
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South Platte Park contains the only unchannelized stretch of the South Platte River in the Denver Metro Area. 878 acres of open space provide 5 lakes open to fishing, 4+ miles of walking trails, a paved regional recreation trail, 2.5 miles of river...more
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3000 W Carson Dr, Littleton, CO 80120-2983
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

This is a compact way to learn about the flora and fauna of this area, then take a walk along the Platte to see what you've just learned about. There are live fish in tanks and stuffed animals to view plus many photos. The kids...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank zfilly
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Pros +We could walk here every day. +There is so much to see and enjoy. +There are amazing birds, +Trails for bikes and pedestrians +Rafting and kayaking fun for all ages +Clean restrooms at every parking lot +With every season there is something new to...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

We stopped at Nature Center and found it had interesting history on the Chatfield dam construction and sat in beautiful South Platte Park a great area for walking or biking next to Platte River

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Visited the nature center and walked the trail along the river with my brother from Philly. Those are great trail, easy to maneuver with separate trail for bikes: smart! There is even a bike fix-it place beside the parking lot. Saw a couple of people...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Jim R
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We hiked from C470 and Santa Fe to downtown to Littleton. Multiple places along to trail to walk along the river. The day we hiked, the trail was moderately trafficked with bikers and hikers. The paved is for bikes and crushed gravel for walkers/hikers. Lots...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank empress5
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Wonderful place and great staff! Terrible parking if you go on the weekend. The lot is always full. Lots to see here-biking, walking paths, fishing, bird watching. Very well maintained

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Vandie2014
Reviewed 21 December 2016

I brought my son here one fall afternoon just because we happened to be in the area. It was beautiful and shockingly serene given the proximity to Santa Fe and C470. The nature center there is also well-staffed and a fun distraction for kids (and...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank ryanbY1022AG
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Great nature center and parking lot for User friendly hike/bike path along the South Platte River . Located behind Aspen Grove shopping center. Just head west , along parking lot to find the nature center. Great displays and hands on for nature lovers of all...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank junkchic
Reviewed 6 July 2016

Great location to hike, walk, ride a bike. Learn and connect with nature. Go during the weekdays in the mid mornings, less people. Weekends the trails and park are very, very busy!

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Coachchip
Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

Beautiful trails with plenty to see and do! Kids love scrambling through the forest, over the rocks and looking for owls.

Date of experience: June 2016
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17 July 2016|
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Response from Coachchip | Reviewed this property |
Since I ride my bike starting at the C470 trail and head up the Platte trail I see a lot of people starting from that parking lot next to C470. The best way to get there is off of Platte Canyon Road. The access road is... More
1 March 2016|
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Response from Travelgurl1956 | Reviewed this property |
This a trail and nature center. No campgrounds in this area.