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​​​​​Nature Trails: More than a Walk in the Park

Take your family outdoors and learn a little about Colorado's natural world. Our parks offer a number of family-friendly and interpretive nature trails equipped with educational signs and brochures. Take advantage of these trails next time you are at a state park and discover the plants and animals that call Colorado and our parks home!

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Here are just a few of the many interpretive nature trails our parks have to offer.

  • Steamboat Lake State Park
    The Tombstone Nature Trail is listed in national publications as one of the best short trails in Colorado. This easy 1.1-mile loop trail at Placer Cove Day Use Area provides impressive views of Steamboat Lake and interpretive signs that highlight the area's natural features and cultural history.

  • Castlewood Canyon State Park
    The 1.2-mile Canyon View Nature Trail is a wonderful self-guided trail, complete with interpretive panels, brochures, audiotape and stunning views of the canyon.

  • Trinidad Lake State Park
    The information-rich Visitor Center Trail connects interpretive features along a 0.75-mile path, including a Native American archeological site, watchable wildlife kiosk, scenic overlook and wayside exhibit on the Santa Fe Trail. The 1-mile Levsa Canyon Trail is slightly more difficult but offers numerous views of mountains, lakes and wooded coves.

  • Ridgway State Park
    There are three self-guided and educational nature paths among the many hiking trails at Ridgway State Park. Make sure to pick up the brochure for the 0.5-mile Forest Discovery Nature Trail to learn more about plant life, animals, local history and geological features of the park.

  • Mueller State Park
    The Wapiti Self-Guided Nature Trail is a short, self-guided 0.8-mile long trail that takes you through diverse habitats displaying a variety of plant and animal life through three life zones on Pikes Peak. Your scenic journey conveniently starts and ends at the Visitor Center.​​

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​For more trail information and CPW Trail Maps On-The-Go!, please visit the Trails Map page.

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