Beyond the Backyard – Natural & Man-made Water Features & Ponds Located in Colorado

Beyond the Backyard 2014

Berkeley Lake
4601 W. 46th Avenue, Denver

Exit I-70 at Sheridan Blvd. Travel south to 46th Ave. Turn left/east and pull into the parking lot.

Majestic View Park and Nature Center
7030 Garrison St, Arvada

Take I-70 to Kipling St.  Drive north on Kipling Street, which turns into Ralston Road. Follow Ralston Road west to Oak Street.  Turn north on Oak Street to 66th Avenue.  Turn east on 66th Avenue to Garrison Street.  Go north on Garrison Street and follow signs to Majestic View Park and Nature Center.

Reflections Community Water Gardens
W. Bowles Avenue & S. Kipling Street, Littleton

From Bowles Avenue (between Simms Street and Kipling Street near Jared’s Nursery) go north on S. Lewis Street to W. Ida Avenue, turn east.  Ponds are on both sides of W. Ida Avenue and S. Kline Street.

McColley Water Gardens
15555 west 67th Avenue, Arvada

Take I-70 to Ward Road.  Drive north on Ward Road and turn west on 64th Avenue.  Turn north on McIntyre Street (just past Kendrick Drive/McIntyre Parkway across from Kohl’s).  McIntyre Street becomes 67th Avenue.  Take 67th Avenue east and look for  the McColley Water Gardens sign at Lupine Circle.

Fox Hollow Golf Course
13410 Morrison Road, Lakewood

Take US Highway 285 (W. Hampden Avenue) to S. Kipling Parkway.  Travel north to Morrison Road (State Highway 8).  Turn west on Morrison Road and go about ½ mile to S. Owens Lane and turn south on S. Owens Lane.  Turn west on Fox Hollow Lane and follow the signs to Fox Hollow Golf Course.

Hudson Gardens
6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton

From US Hightway 285 (W. Hampden Avenue), take S. Sante Fe Drive south past W. Bowels Avenue.  Hudson Gardens is located on S. Sante Fe Drive between W. Bowles Avenue and W. Mineral Avenue on the east side of S. Sante Fe Drive across from Arapahoe Community College.

University of Denver Water Gardens and Arboretum
2199 S. University Blvd., Denver

Take I-25 to University Blvd.  Turn south onto University Blvd. to E. Iliff Avenue.  Turn west on E. Iliff Avenue.  One place to park is Pay Parking lot 304, just north of E. Iliff Avenue between S. York Street and S. Race Street.  Walk north to the Chester M. Alter Pavilion between Cherrington Hall and the Mary Reed Building.  The arboretum throughout all of the buildings.

Colorado Springs

Union Printers Home
101 South Union Blvd., Colorado Springs

Take I-25 south to Exit 145, Fillmore Street.  Turn East on Fillmore Street to Union Blvd.  Turn south on Union Blvd. about 3 miles.  Just past Pikes Peak Avenue, turn east onto S. Parkside Drive and follow the signs to the Union Printers Home.

Brainard Lake Recreation Area

Starting from Ward, take Highway 72 north a very short distance.  Turn west on Brainard Lake Road and look for the sign to Brainard Lake Recreation Area.  The area is west of  the highway.  There is an entrance fee of $10, but a National Parks Pass works.

Estes Park

Nameless Pond near the Stanley Hotel
From the intersection of Saint Vrain Avenue/Highway 7 and Elkhorn Avenue/Big Thompson Avenue/Highway 34, travel northeast on Elkhorn Avenue (Highway 34) past the Visitor Center to Steamer Drive.  Turn left/west on Steamer Drive.  The road curves and you will come to Steamer Parkway.  The pond is located to the right,  look down.

Rocky Mountain National Park
At the entrance station obtain a map of the park, locate Lake Irene (off Trail Ridge Road), Nymph Lake, Cub Lake, and Lily Lake.

Steamboat Springs

Casey’s Pond
Driving north on US Highway 40 (S. Lincoln Avenue), go through the first traffic light. Turn east/right on Walton Creek Road and take a quick left to Casey’s Pond.

Continue northwest on US Highway 40 (S. Lincoln Avenue) to the Visitor Information Center at 125 Anglers Drive.  Turn left on Anglers Drive.  Look for the Visitor Information Center sign.  Obtain a City map.

Yampa River Botanic Park
Take US Highway 40 (S. Lincoln Blvd) north to Trafalgar Drive/Hillside Parkway. Turn west/left on Trafalgar Drive to Pamela Lane.  Turn south/left on Pamela Lane and look for the sign to Yampa River Botanic Park.

Fish Creek Falls
From US Highway 40 (S. Lincoln Blvd.) turn northeast/right onto 3rd Street to Fish Creek Falls Road.  Turn southeast/right onto Fish Creek Falls Road.  Travel on Fish Creek Falls Road for about 6 miles.  Follow the signs to Fish Creek Falls.

Buffalo Pass
From US Highway 40 (S. Lincoln Blvd.) take 7th Street northeast/right to Laurel Street. Turn north/left on Laurel Street to Park Avenue.  Turn northeast/right onto Park Avenue to N. Park Road.  Turn north/left onto N. Park Road to Strawberry Park Road.   Turn east (right) onto Strawberry Park Road (Road 36). Road will turn northward.  Continue on Road 36 to Road 38.  Turn east (right) onto Road 38/Forest Service Road 60.  Continue on Road 38/60 to Buffalo Pass.  Follow the sign to Buffalo Pass

About dorothym

I am the Secretary of the Colorado Water Garden Society.
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