White Ranch Park is a beautiful open space in the Front Range foothills maintained by Jefferson County. Well maintained trails, spectacular scenery, wildlife and panoramic views of Denver greet outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.
Due to trail closures, use the west entrance for parking and trail access. To get there, take Highway 93 from Golden about a mile north to Golden Gate Canyon Road. Turn west and drive about 4 miles to Crawford Gulch Road and follow the signs to White Ranch Park.
Wide trails and difficult ascents are perfect for runners and mountain bikers training for endurance events, while the mountain terrain and forests are a joy to experience for everyone. There are about 20 miles of trail to explore, so visitors just need to pick one or more loops that fit their skills and physical ability. White Ranch Park can be a busy place, so whether you are hiking, biking, or running, keep an eye out for others and be courteous.
Wildlife watchers may be treated to encounters with mule deer, elk, fox, coyote, squirrels, a wide variety of birds and maybe even a black bear.
Even though the park is close to the city, visitors will feel like they have made the journey far into the wilderness. The park is quiet, the mountains are steep and the valleys are deep. It make take several visits to explore all the trails so White Ranch Park is a place visitors can enjoy often throughout the year. Winter visitors will want to be careful and may need special ice hiking equipment in shady areas on the trails.