Another hot day in June and on this day we headed west of Denver to explore a fantastic kid-friendly hike at Mount Falcon Park, apart of Jefferson County Open Space.
This park has it all- scenic views of the mountains, a view of Denver, old castle ruins, and a peek into Red Rocks Amphitheater!
We had unexpectedly visited another Jefferson County Open Space Park last summer at Pine Valley Ranch Park, and this gem of a park also did not disappoint!
Mount Falcon Park is west of Denver and approximately 75 minutes from Colorado Springs. The same road that we took into the mountains will also take you up towards Conifer and other mountain towns.
There were two parking lots- one for regular sized vehicles and one for oversized vehicles. The regular sized vehicle lot wasn’t huge. We went on a Monday and it was still fairly crowded with cars. I noticed several regular sized cars parked in the oversize lot.
The Mountain Falcon Park encompasses several different trail options. This park actually had small maps you could take with! Normally we take a picture of the trail map at the beginning of the trail and use that to guide our way. The trail that we took is as follows: Castle Trail to Tower Trail to Meadow Trail and back up Castle Trail to the parking lot.
Our first stop off of the Castle Trail was the Eagle Eye Shelter. This was a small pavilion with picnic tables and spectacular views. The boys also liked climbing up the rocks right next to the pavilion.
Next we took the Tower Trail to a small tower. There were approximately 15 steps up to the top of this tower. Around this area we had great views of Downtown Denver.
The next portion of the trail was downhill and a little rocky. It crosses a very, very small creek and then leads to up to the Walker Home Ruins. This is an old house from over 100 years ago that burned down to the ground after a lightening strike. Check here for some fun Colorado history and the story behind the man who built the house.
Around the side of the ruins you can take a peek into Red Rocks Ampitheater. If you walk more east on the Castle Trail I think there’s a better view of the amphitheater. At this point the boys were done so we headed back.
The trail back to the parking lot is uphill on the Castle Trail.
HIKING WITH KIDS:
There was a bathroom at the beginning of the trail!! I feel like bathrooms are few and far between on Colorado trails.
Overall the terrain was fairly easy. Downhill on the Meadow Trail was a little rocky and not stroller friendly. You could probably use a stroller on the Castle Trail if you had a sturdy jogging stroller. The toddler walked or was in the Ergo.
This is the first time my 4 yo got to use his new Camelbak water backpack! He just LOVED it and it was the perfect size for him! Our older son has a cheap one from a discount store and the Camelbak worked so much better than the cheap one. I really wish we had bought these sooner! We will probably get one very soon for our 2 yo as well.
There was one drop off near the Eagle Eye Shelter but other than that the trails that we did were not high up.