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“Great for visitors and people new to the area.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lookout Mountain Nature Center

Lookout Mountain Nature Center
910 Colorow Rd, Golden, CO 80401
720-497-7600
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Ranked #15 of 52 things to do in Golden
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Owner description: Connect with nature at this 110-acre park. Inside experience exhibits that depict migrating birds and reveal secrets of the ponderosa pine forest. Visit the Discovery Corner and Observation Room. Outside stroll trails winding through forest and meadow, picnic beneath towering pine trees or join a naturalist-guided program.
Golden, Colorado
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“Great for visitors and people new to the area.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

They have great information here - about the local mountains, local flora and fauna, and the Jefferson County Open Space program and parks. They also do classes here (see their schedule on-line for more info. This is also a great place to take kids to experience a little slice of nature. There are also a mile or two of trail inside the Center area, and many more miles close by (Apex Park, Windy Saddle Park, Lookout Mountain Park), all of which are bikeable or hikeable. Beaver Brook Trail is also close by.

Visited November 2011
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Columbus, Ohio
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“Easily accessible trails through both forest and meadow environments”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

Though small, the trails are maintained well and are useable by most. The Naturalists in the Welcome Center were very knowledgeable.

Visited July 2011
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Denver, Colorado
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“A great place close to Denver”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2008

Lookout Mountain is a wonderful place that is just a short drive west of Denver. The beautiful mountain top setting is home to the nature center building with exhibits on area wildlife, bird migration, a kid's discovery corner complete with a giant nest seating area, books, touchable objects, etc. The center and adjoing preserve also have wonderful views of Denver and the plains. The building is also an example of sustainable/green building practices (floors made from recycled train boxcars, recycled windshield glass tiles, panels made from aspen tress shavings, etc.). The center is a good place to get information on the parks of the Jefferson County Open Space system (which the nature center is a part of) and general area travel information. A 1.5 mile trail winds through ponderosa pine forests and open meadow with great views of Denver. Naturalists also provide a wide array of programs at the center and throughout the Jefferson County Open Space system. The best part- it's free!

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