Reynolds Park Trailhead: Northwest Trailhead (the first trailhead that you come to while traveling down Foxton Road)

Activities: Hiking, Camping, Mountain Biking

Closest City / Town: Conifer, Colorado

Driving Directions:

  • Take U.S. Highway 285 south out of Denver.
  • Take a left (south) on Foxton Road.
  • Drive 5.5 miles down Foxton Road; park in the parking lot on your right (south).

Hiking Distance: 4.0 miles (roundtrip)

Description: Reynolds Park is one of our favorite hiking destinations because of its close proximity to Denver and its little known, little hiked, and well maintained trails.  Camping is available during the summer at the small Idylease Campground, however, advance reservations are required.  As a side note, Jefferson County Open Space supplies paper maps at each of its major trailheads — be sure to grab a map before you begin your trek.

From the trailhead, head west towards the restroom facility.  Continue beyond the restroom to the Raven’s Roost Trail.  Raven’s Roost is .9 miles long, all uphill.  However, the hike is relatively gentle.

Next, you will come to a junction with the Eagle’s View Trail.  Hang a right on the Eagle’s View Trail, following it for one mile to the top of the ridge.  Once you reach the ridgeline, you’ll be exposed to marvelous views of the Rampart Range and Pikes Peak to the south.  Soak in the views, snap some photos, and get ready to head back down to the trailhead.

Take the Eagle’s View Trail back down.  When you hit the junction with the Raven’s Roost and Oxen Draw Trails, head right and follow the Oxen Draw Trail.  This trail is a bit steeper than the Eagle’s View Trail, and it will essentially lead you back down to the parking area.  The Oxen Draw Trail is our favorite trail that Jefferson County Open Space Parks have to offer.  The trail carves its way through a narrow canyon, offering the hiker an extreme sense of solitude.

Worth Noting: Reynolds Park was once a working ranch that got its name from Mr. John A. Reynolds, who donated most of the parkland to Jefferson County Open Space.  This valley was one of the first locations settled in Colorado.  The old ranch house, which now serves as the park maintenance officer’s home, was a stop for pack trains moving between Leadville and Denver.

The ranch, formerly known as Idylease, was operated as a dude ranch between 1913 and 1942.  The ranch once consisted of fourteen cabins in addition to the Reynolds’ family residence.

 

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