Lair o' the Bear Park

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  • DO NOT visit parks and public areas if sick; stay home, seek medical care
  • FACE COVERING required  when 6' distance can't be maintained when using the restroom, at the trailhead, and/or when passing others on the trail
  • Practice social distancing of at least 6’ in parks, trailheads, trails, and climbing crags
  • DO NOT gather in groups larger than 10
  • Keep dogs on leash at ALL times
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer and/or hand washing supplies; many of our parks and restrooms lack running water. Sanitize/wash hands after touching public surfaces such as railings, benches, and handles.
  • High-risk visitors, use discretion for park visits and public restroom use

Jeffco Public Health Order - Face Covering
Colorado Executive Order - Face Covering
Colorado Safer-at-Home Order
More JCOS info regarding COVID-19

CLOSED Road work between Morrison and Idledale will affect access to Lair o' the Bear Park for rock fall mitigation work. Work in Bear Creek Canyon will begin on September 2, 2020 and go until February 28, 2021. Rockfall mitigation will involve week day full closures on CO 74 from Mile Point 16.1 to MP 18.

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Lair o’ the Bear Trailhead
22550 State Highway 74
Idledale, CO 80453

Lair o’ the Bear Park is a favorite of Open Space visitors and families due to its abundance of picnic tables and proximity to Bear Creek for fishing. For a challenging experience, enjoy a 12.6-mile, round-trip journey on Bear Creek Trail passing through three adjoining Denver Mountain Parks to the west.

Bear Creek Trail*

The Bear Creek Trail is a natural surface trail within Lair o’ the Bear Park to Denver Mountain Park’s Pence Park. View Bear Creek Trail Map

*Notice: This trail crosses multiple jurisdictions beyond land owned/managed by Jeffco Open Space and may fall under different regulations. 

Lair o’ the Bear Park interactive map

Current parking lot availability and averages by time of day - provided by Lot Spot

Lair o' the Bear Park Facts