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Deer Creek Canyon Park

A scenic getaway, just a 35-minute drive from the city of Denver

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Apart from the famed Deer Creek Trail in Grand Canyon State Park in Arizona, Jefferson County Colorado has another hike with a similar name—Deer Creek Canyon. The area is located in Littleton, southwest of Denver, and offers multi-use trails suitable for hiking, jogging, biking, and horseriding. Deer Creek Canyon Park is open to visitors year-round, but some parts, such as the Black Bear Trail, are closed between February and July.

The 2.7-mile (4.3-km) Deer Creek Canyon Loop Hike is easy enough to be enjoyed by kids and elderly outdoor enthusiasts. The route starts on the Meadowlark Trail and continues to the Plymouth Creek Trail junction, which leads back to the trailhead. The average time needed to cover the loop is around 2 hours.

If you're keen on mountain biking, challenge yourself with "The Wall," a steep rocky section of the Plymouth Creek Trail. Peddlers also enjoy ascending a 2.5-mile (4-km) Red Mesa Loop. But if you prefer to hike safely without extreme cyclers, note that Meadowlark, Homesteader, or Golden Eagle Trails are designed solely for the usage of hikers and equestrians.

While visiting Deer Creek Canyon Park in Colorado, watch out for rattlesnakes. These buddies are common inhabitants in the lower regions of the park, especially at the foothills. The reptiles typically like to warm up themselves at the rocks exposed to the sun.

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