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Get Active and Outdoors!

The only list you need for free and low-cost family fun…

Our counties are home to a fantastic variety of free and low-cost activities to keep your family active and outdoors all year!

Recreation Centers

Recreation Centers are a great way to access all our community offers! Some of the fun things you can expect to find are indoor and outdoor pools, swimming lessons, playgrounds, children’s sports, and various outdoor activities and camps.

Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties are home to many different Rec Centers that each offer their own variety of activities, both indoor and outdoor. Check them all out and find the activities that are the most fun for your family.

Several of the Rec Centers also offer outdoor fitness areas where you can work out in the fresh air. You can join a fitness class (fee and registration required) or do your own workout at these outdoor facilities.

Learn more and find Rec Center locations:

Hit the Hiking/Snowshoeing Trail!

Jefferson, Gilpin and Clear Creek Counties are home to some beautiful, kid-friendly trails and open spaces that are fun in the summer and in the snow! Here are a few of our favorites:

Mt. Falcon Park, Indian Hills – Enjoy a tower overlook as you walk through this beautiful landscape.

Lair o’ The Bear Park, Idledale – A great hike for kids, make sure to pack a picnic to enjoy by Bear Creek while you adventure through the Lair!

Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison – Hiking through the beautiful landscape surrounding Red Rocks Amphitheater is a fantastic way to fill an afternoon and perfect for hikers of all ages and abilities.

Crown Hill Park, Wheat Ridge – Spectacular views surround this hidden oasis in its suburban location. With trails that wind around wetlands and outcroppings of trees, you’ll be in prime bird-watching territory.

Meyer Ranch Park, Morrison – Experience breathtaking fields of wildflowers as you escape to nature on these flora-filled trails.

Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison – Walk along trails that are home to over 300 dinosaur tracks. Learn about geology and fossils and the fascinating dinosaurs that inhabited this area millions of years ago.

Three Sisters Park, Evergreen – Massive rock formations and breathtaking views of the continental divide make this a hike the whole family will love. Don’t be surprised if you spot a hawk or two on these popular bird-watching trails.

Lookout Mountain Preserve and Nature Center, Golden – Connect with nature, and experience some of our state’s beauty through hiking, free educational programs, and tours.

Pine Valley Ranch Park, Pine – Enjoy hiking, fishing, and outdoor fun at this beautiful lake in Pike National Forrest surrounded by kid-approved trails and recreation areas.

Cool Off at Splash Pads and Parks

With so many families in Jefferson County, the area is home to many great playgrounds and summer splash pads. Each one is unique and offers something special. Some parks are free, and others charge an admission fee. Most open around Memorial Day.

Take time this summer to explore them all!

Play Mini-Golf

Mini-Golf is a low-cost way to get the family together for some friendly competition while enjoying the outdoors. With several options to choose from, these mini-golf spots offer a variety of activity options including go-carts and rock climbing.

Explore State Parks

Camp, hike, fish, bike, and explore at the Jefferson County State Parks. With so much to offer, and a small entry fee, you can spend all day enjoying the outdoors. Pack a picnic and bring your swimsuit to take advantage of these outdoor spaces.

Go Camping

Looking for a way to escape reality for a few days in the outdoors? Jefferson County is home to various camping spots for tent camping, as well as yurts and cabin rentals. Camping is an inexpensive option to rest and recharge in nature with the whole family.

Have Fun at the Public Libraries

Clear Creek County Library District

Gilpin County Public Library

Jefferson County Public Library 


Get Out There!

There are so many active and outdoor activities to choose from in and around Jeffco, Giplin and Clear Creek. With this list, there’s no excuse not to get outside!