Windy Saddle Park / Connecting to the Past
Windy Saddle Park
Jefferson County Open Space
Windy Saddle Park offers sweeping scenic views and trail connections to adjoining areas. Recreation opportunities on Chimney Gulch Trail and Lookout Mountain Trail included hiking, biking and horseback riding. The remaining trails are Hiker Only.
Connecting to the past
Windy Saddle Park
Lying between the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains and the western edge of the Great Plains, Windy Saddle park has served as a gateway for travelers into the central Rockies for thousands of years. Evidence of humans has been found in this area dating as far back as the Paleo-Indian period (7,000 to 12,000 years ago)!
A Colorado Scenic and historic Byway
The 40-mile driving route known as the Lariat Loop connects a necklace of scenic, natural and historic properties. Many were first identified by the 1914 Olmstead Plan for a mountain park system. Suddenly, the automobile made the Front Range foothills accessible and offered the option of tourism as an economic development tool.
The car is no longer the exotic new toy it was a that time, but spectacular views, numerous parks, museums, heritage sites, historic dinosaur discoveries, art galleries and much more still await the traveler!
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Recreation: Past to Present (here, next to this marker); Water Carves Canyons (here, next to this marker); Play in the Wind (here, next to this marker); Our Changing Landscape-From Sea Floor to Mountain Top (approx. 0.4 miles away); What You Can See From Here Today (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lariat Loop Byway: Denver Mountain Parks (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lariat Loop Byway: Buffalo Bill Museum (approx. 0.4 miles away); Charles E. Kirk (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Golden.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 482 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 16, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.