Lair o’ the Bear is, in our family’s opinion, the best family hike near Denver. First, the drive into the canyon on Bear Creek road is beautiful. Once at the park you’ll find great hiking trail options, the cool water of bear creek, great parking, and some good picnic spots. There are open areas as well as shade. Our one big suggestion is to keep your kiddos close to you on the busier trail segments as this is also a mountain biking mecca. Explore the details below in our profile of this Jefferson County, Colorado park.
- Hike Distance: 1.7 Miles
- Denver Drive Time: 30min
- Difficulty: Easy
- Duration: 1hr 15min
- Activities: Hiking, Birdwatching, Mountain Biking, Fly Fishing, Picnics
- Dogs: Allowed on Leash
Fantastic for families because this hike has lot of shade, a mostly level path,the sounds and sights of water, and a few great areas for picnics in this Colorado park. On top of all of that, it’s one of the most accessible Denver trails just out of town in the foothills. You can also fish Bear Creek in Lair ‘O the Bear. I’ve not had any luck yet, so I’d appreciate any tips in the comment section below. And don’t be limited by the 1.7 mile trail trail in the park, it keeps going in both directions.
- There are some hiker only trail segments, but most are open to mountain bikes – and there are A LOT of them, especially on the weekends. So, just hike aware and let your kids know that bikes may be zipping by.
- Take a picnic lunch
- This is a great place to teach your kids (or yourself) some tree and bird ID. The riparian ecosystem is pretty diverse