Don’t stay indoors now that snow is here. Denver’s Washington Park is even more beautiful after a fresh snowfall. The Parks Department does an excellent job of shoveling roadways, sidewalks and bike trails. Often paved bike trails are cleared long before side streets.
Just after a snowstorm is also the perfect time for a Washington Park tree hike. FANS (the Friends and Neighbors of Washington Park) have produced the Washington Park Tree Guide, an eighty page spiral bound book that identifies and describes 76 different species of trees in Washington Park and South High School. There are leaf drawings of each species (not much help now) but many of the trees are conifers and others can be identified by their bark. The guide has three walking tours; each tree on the tour has a corresponding numbered red diamond attached to the tree. The book sells for $8 and proceeds go to planting more trees in Washington Park. The beautiful book makes a wonderful stocking stuffer.