With summer fast approaching, the Town would like to highlight some of Parker’s lesser-known parks and trails. Did you know that the Town has a 2.1 mile single-track soft-surface trail that’s ideal for mountain bikes, BMX’ers, or just some easy hiking? This trail is located northeast of Legend High School within the Idyllwilde community. Follow the existing Tallman Gulch Trail east of Canterberry Parkway until the pavement ends and the soft-surface trail begins. In addition, the portion of the Tallman Gulch trail that runs through Hidden River and Idyllwilde is one of the Town’s prettiest trail segments. The small playground nestled among the trees is a great rest stop for the whole family.
Want an outdoor learning experience? Visit Auburn Hills Community Park on the west side of Parker south of Prairie Crossing Elementary School. Explore the interpretive loop trail, which incorporates six educational stations: a butterfly garden, weather station, plant life cycle, Colorado wildlife and geology, astronomy and a small outdoor amphitheater that includes a stone sun-dial.
Lastly, if you’re into history stop by our newest site, Parker Preservation Park and Trailhead, located north of the Cottonwood community. This park includes several restored historic structures and a new trail connection to the Cherry Creek Regional Trail. For more information on Parker’s parks and trails visit www.ParkerRec.com or call 303.841.0353.