Morrison - Lair O' the Bear

Idledale, CO
Length: Varies
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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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.

There are lots of trail options for families with kids of all ages and abilities. During much of the year you can also play in the creek, although it can run quickly in the spring. There is also a great climbing tree at the edge of the water on the Creekside Trail.

Bear Creek Trail is perfect for strollers and bikes, although this one can get crowded with mountain bikers.

Bruin Bluff Trail is a great loop, under 3 miles with some elevation gain but nice for a family hike. It can get icy and tricky in the winter.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, and Shelter

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There is a large parking lot at the trail head, it does get full on the weekends.

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Getting There

From hwy 470, take CO-8 and follow it through the town of Morrison and past Red Rocks, you will go through Idledale and the park will eventually be on your left.