Fountain Valley Loop | Colorado | 12/13/20


Fountain Valley Loop | Roxborough State Park

Littleton, CO | 12/13/20 | 3.17 miles | 390′ gain


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After a fresh December snow, I traveled down to Roxborough State Park to hike a short loop through the red sandstone formations. It was a beautiful afternoon and there were plenty of families enjoying the easy Fountain Valley Loop. The Fountain Valley Trail heads north from the Visitor Center on what was once a road.

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The wide trail is perfect for social distancing and the loop was designated (and very clearly marked) as one-way, though not everyone seemed to notice or care. I hiked the correct way around the loop, counter-clockwise.

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The eastern half of the loop doesn’t have any rock formations, but there is a pretty meadow where I happened upon a herd of mule deer.

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Mule deer
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The Lyons Overlook is the first of two overlooks along the Fountain Valley Loop. This spur trail climbs about 60′ to an awesome viewpoint overlooking the red sandstone formations.

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Lyons Overlook Trail
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Lyons Overlook

Even though the main loop was busy, I was the only one at the overlook. The views were great, some of the best views of the day.

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The other side of the Fountain Valley Loop is below
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Back on the main trail, I continued north to the Persse Place.

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Persse Place

Henry Persse moved to what was once called Washington Park (named for the sandstone formation below) from New York in 1888. He had dreams of owning a grand resort, and by 1910 had erected at least 8 buildings including the stone house (above), guest houses, and various outbuildings. This spot was a favorite among Denver’s elite, and the name of the property was eventually changed to Roxborough Park after Henry’s ancestral home in Ireland. His dream of building a grand resort abruptly ended when he was killed by a Denver streetcar in 1918.

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George Washington Rock – tilt your head to the left to see the profile of George Washington’s face

From Persse Place, I continued around the west side of the loop. This is the most scenic half of the loop since it travels through the sandstone formations.

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The Lyons Overlook is up there somewhere!
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Pine squirrel

On my way out, I stopped at the Fountain Valley Overlook. This trail was shorter and easier than the Lyons Overlook but it was surrounded by scrub oak and didn’t have as great of views.

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Fountain Valley Overlook view

Overall, I thought this was a nice loop. It really packs in quite the scenery in just 3 easy miles, and the addition of the overlooks was a fun way to see a bit more.


Chelsea


10 thoughts on “Fountain Valley Loop | Colorado | 12/13/20

  1. Snow… I love it!

    Yeah, walked around a few reservoirs and not everybody knows or cares which way to walk around! Hopefully we can all walk whichever way we want soon enough.

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