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Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve - Jefferson County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This park, perched atop a rampart foothill, can either be accessed from the southwest via I-70 or from the northeast via a breathtaking road out of Golden. It is filled with dense ponderosa forest with little undergrowth. Parts of the connecting trails through Denver Mountain Park property at Colorow Point and Jeffco Open Space Windy Saddle park are a bit steep, but most of the actual preserve is easy hiking and walking on about two miles of trails.

Habitat: Ponderosa Forest
Directions: From westbound I-70, take exit 256 and turn right onto US 40. From eastbound I-70, take exit 254 and turn left onto US 40. From this road turn north on South Lookout Mountain Road (sign). Alternatively, from the intersection of US 6 and 19th Street in Golden, follow 19th Street west to a left turn where it becomes Lookout Mountain Road. Coming from Golden the road affords terrific views, but it is very narrow, windy and slow.
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