Liar 'O the Bear Park

Bear Creek Trail at Lair o’ the Bear Park

July 20, 2010 |  by

Lair o’ the Bear is, in our family’s opinion, the best family hike near Denver. First, the drive into the canyon on Bear Creek road is beautiful. Once at the park you’ll find great hiking trail options, the cool water of bear creek, great parking, and some good picnic spots. There are open areas as well as shade. Our one big suggestion is to keep your kiddos close to you on the busier trail segments as this is also a mountain biking mecca. Explore the details below in our profile of this Jefferson County, Colorado park.

  • Hike Distance: 1.7 Miles
  • Denver Drive Time: 30min
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: 1hr 15min
  • Activities: Hiking, Birdwatching, Mountain Biking, Fly Fishing, Picnics
  • Dogs: Allowed on Leash

Fantastic for families because this hike has lot of shade, a mostly level path,the sounds and sights of water, and a few great areas for picnics in this Colorado park. On top of all of that, it’s one of the most accessible Denver trails just out of town in the foothills. You can also fish Bear Creek in Lair ‘O the Bear. I’ve not had any luck yet, so I’d appreciate any tips in the comment section below. And don’t be limited by the 1.7 mile trail trail in the park, it keeps going in both directions.


9 Trail Reviews

  1. Thanks, Aaron + Jenah! Great spot for the kiddos!

  2. We did this hike with our 2 & 5 year olds on a hot day – it was shady and they had a blast wading in the creek. We made it to the castle then turned around.

  3. Great trail, although pretty crowded sometimes with families, dogs, and some bikers! There is plenty of shade available, and plenty of creek access for letting your dogs drink water. The second time we went right after a brief storm, and it was awesome because there were very few other people.

  4. Great hike near Morrison and Evergreen. Very shaded trailhead, not overly crowded either. Ample parking spots and well maintained trails too. Overall my favorite trail near Denver and sw suburbs.

  5. * Park currently closed due to September 2013 flood damage *

    We did this trail in May of this year on a hot day and really appreciated the shade. This is a nice, easy hike. We were a tiny bit disappointed by the castle, but that’s no fault of this website! We just kind of hoped for a castle castle, and it was more of a fancy, private lodge. We did really like walking along the stream. A few sections of the trail along the river are hiker-only (no dog, no bike), but there is always a trail right next to it that’s ok. There definitely were a number of bikes when we were there, so keep kids and pets close.

    Overall — Easy trail (well-maintained, no real elevation gain), mostly shaded and along a river, no big views, but still a nice area to check out.

  6. I just took my kids on this hike yesterday (3 yrs. 1 yr.) It was a great hike, we went to the Dunafon Castle and back. My 3 year old walked the entire time. The kids had a great time hanging out by the creek throwing rocks in. Thanks for posting this, we had a lot of fun!

  7. This is one of our favorite hiking spots, especially as our son loves wading into the stream and skip rocks. Lots of interesting views and very accessible.


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