ClearCreekLandConservancy

History of Clear Creek Canyon

People have lived in and enjoyed Clear Creek Canyon for its beauty and natural resources for thousands of years. Its geology rivals that of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and its history of conservation stretches back more than 100 years. Learn more about Clear Creek Canyon’s legacy....

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Canyon Recreation

Clear Creek Canyon boasts world-class hiking, biking, rafting and kayaking, winter sports, and more. Find out about these activities in Denver’s backyard, see trail maps, and more....

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Canyon Widlife

The Clear Creek watershed area stretches from Loveland Pass to Golden, drops more than a mile in elevation, and features species found in almost every area of the state. Learn more about the plant and animals that call the canyon home....

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Today, much of the land in Clear Creek Canyon has been preserved. Thousands of acres in Clear Creek Canyon have been set aside in protected open space through both public and private action. CCLC owns over 650 acres and holds conservation easements on more than 2,000 acres. Your ongoing support is critical…...

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On December 30, 1986, former CCLC President George “Rock” Pring accepted a generous donation from longtime local resident, Carla Swan Coleman, of the 240-acre Northwoodside Conservation Easement, which protects over a mile of the Beaver Brook Trail near the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. This generous donation, in partnership with the Trust…...

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Abundant Wildlife

Clear Creek Canyon is home to abundant wildlife and expansive ponderosa pine forests. A quick 30 minute drive from downtown Denver and you will experience the beauty if its backyard. In the spring and summer, meadows fill with gorgeous wildflowers. In the fall, changing leaves in aspen groves provide brilliant…...

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World-Class Recreation

The Clear Creek watershed stretches from Loveland Pass to Arvada and reaches from the heights of Mt. Bierstadt and Grey’s and Torrey’s Peaks to the River Walk in Golden. Easily accessible via I-70, Highway 40, and Highway 6, Clear Creek Canyon is visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors for world-class hiking, biking,…...

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Cultural and Environmental Legacy

Clear Creek Canyon is one of the last largely undeveloped canyon systems in the Front Range. It has a long history of cultural and environmental significance for the area. Working together with other local conservancies and open space organizations, Clear Creek Land Conservancy exists to protect the land of the Clear Creek watershed to protect…...

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Plants and Trees

The great variety of altitude, soil conditions, sun exposure, and moisture patterns in and along Clear Creek Canyon produce an impressive range of ecosystems from dry grassland slopes to dense, damp forest.  An abundant variety of wild flowers and vegetation can be seen, from spring’s first Pasque flowers to the…...

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Bison

Although bison do not roam at large in Clear Creek Canyon, the bison herd kept along I-70 (at exit 254) in Genesee Park has become one of the area’s important tourist attractions. In 1914, Denver acquired both bison and elk from the herds at Yellowstone Park, and Genesee Park took…...

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