Clear Creek Canyon Park is unto its own in the Open Space system, fit for nature lovers and railroad history buffs, who appreciate vestiges of a 140-year-old narrow-gauge bed used by the Colorado Central Railroad.
The park features steep canyon walls ever changing with the light of day, clear, cold water harboring trout and flecks of gold, and habitat for raptors and bighorn sheep.
Use caution when accessing the creek and engaging in high-risk activities such as rock climbing, kayaking and rafting. Anglers must carry a valid Colorado fishing license with habitat stamp. Gold prospectors must adhere to Open Space Regulations.
With grant funding from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Jefferson County Open Space and Clear Creek County Open Space began construction in 2013 on a 4- to 6-mile creek side trail straddling the county line. The trail will be completed by 2016 and provide greater and safer access to the canyon.
Peaks to Plains Trail
The Peaks to Plains Trail runs through Clear Creek Canyon Park. Some construction activity on the Clear Creek Segment of the trail will necessitate turn-lane closures and single-lane travel in the area of Highway 6 and Highway 119 intersection. Please be alert to crews and flagging.
Parking and Access
East: The gateway to the first segment of the Clear Creek Trail, which runs through Grant Terry Park, is approximately a three-quarter mile trek from Clear Creek White Water Park, 1201 10th St., Golden.
West: A designated parking lot at Mayhem Gulch is used predominately as a trailhead for adjoining Centennial Cone Park. There is no creek side trail here yet, although visitors can access the creek through a tunnel under Clear Creek Canyon Road (US 6). The trailhead is between mile marker 262.5 and 262, approximately 10 miles from the intersection of US 6 and State Highway 93, on the north side of the road.
An area of Clear Creek Canyon Park near Mile Marker 270 is closed to all public use uphill of the Highway 6 corridor from February 1 through July 31 to protect an active golden eagle nesting territory. The golden eagle is one of the largest, fastest, nimblest raptors in North America. Lustrous gold feathers gleam on the back of its head and neck; a powerful beak and talons advertise its hunting prowess.