Columbines, fairy trumpets and wild geraniums are just a few wildflowers that can be found blooming throughout Colorado this summer. The state is in full bloom and is home to more than 700 unique wildflowers.
Jefferson County residents don’t …
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Leave it as you find it. Picking wildflowers prevents them from reproducing. Protect wild places by enjoying wildflowers with your eyes and camera only.
In addition to a rocky mountain region wildflower field guide, bring plenty of water, dress for changing weather conditions and wear sturdy shoes.
If you bring a canine companion, be sure to leash. Not only is it respectful of other visitors, leashing your pet prevents them trampling on the very flowers that you are there to enjoy.
The best times to visit to find parking are before 9 a.m. and after 3 p.m. Often, wildflowers have a more brilliant display before the heat of the day sets in.
Source: Jeffco Open Space
When: 9-11 a.m. Monday, July 31
Where: Mount Falcon Park West, 21004 Mount Falcon Road, Indian Hills
What: Stroll with a native plant master along easy trails identifying and naming local plants. Search for early blossoms and discover the importance of native plants to wildlife and humans.
Program details: Adults and youth ages 13 years and older are welcome. Meet the educator at the trailhead kiosk of the west parking lot of Mount Falcon Park (near the start of Castle Trail and the restrooms). The hike will take place on easy trails with frequent stops to see what is in bloom. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water, snacks and sunscreen.
Register: Call Lookout Mountain Nature Center, 720-497-7600.
When: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept, 24
Where: South Valley Park, 90 S. Valley Road, Littleton
What: Plants have developed a wide array of protective strategies to compete against other plants and to avoid infection & predation. Walk with a native plant master along easy trails to discover various ways plants protect themselves.
Program details: Adults and youth ages 13 years and older are welcome. Meet the educator at the trailhead kiosk of the main parking lot of South Valley Park. The hike will take place on easy trails with frequent stops to see what is in bloom. How Native Americans and early settlers used plants for their daily survival will be discussed. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water, snacks and sunscreen. If taking notes, bring paper and pencil.
Columbines, fairy trumpets and wild geraniums are just a few wildflowers that can be found blooming throughout Colorado this summer. The state is in full bloom and is home to more than 700 unique wildflowers.Jefferson County residents don’t need to travel far to see the bloom. The Jeffco Open Space System covers more than 54,000 acres, includes 29 regional parks and boasts a trail system that spans 236 miles. Jeffco Open Space Ranger Shaun Howard suggests Apex Park’s Enchanted Forrest Trail for shade-loving Arnica and the nearby Lookout Mountain Nature Center for a diverse array of flowers on an easy rated trail.Here are some more tips to get on the trail and see some of the region’s wildflowers.Great wildflower hikes in Jeffco
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