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Early Summer Wildflowers Abound at Green Mountain State Park, Reynolds Park, and Golden Gate State Park near Denver, Colorado.

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From mid-June through mid-July a wide array of wildflowers can be discovered at Green Mountain State Park, along the wood-shaded trails at Reynolds Park and along the mountain trails at Golden State Park.  All three parks are near Denver making them great destinations for day hikes.      Sugarbowl and Wallflowers              Cutleaf Anemone         Blue Mist Penstemon The plants shown here were photographed at the parks and are just a few of the 272 wildflowers pictures and described in the newly published Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide by Linda Nagy, who received...

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Green Mountain Park, a Hidden Gem near Denver, Colorado Offers Great Wildflower Viewing and Hiking and Biking Trails by Early Summer.

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Green Mountain is where the Great Plains meet the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Hayden Green Mountain Park in Lakewood has wildflower-lined bike and hiking trails and open meadows filled with flowers. There are also spectacular views of Denver and the Rocky Mountains. Only twenty minutes from Denver, this large park has over 2,400 acres to explore.  Last year in mid-June I took a Native Plant Master Course at the park. Our group learned common names, scientific names, family names, environmental relationships and uses for 40 to 50 plants.    Some of the stand out flowers from these field trips...

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South Park, Colorado’s Pennsylvania Mountain, a Treasure Trove for Nature Lovers.

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South Park, Colorado’s Pennsylvania Mountain, a Treasure Trove for Nature Lovers.

      Pennsylvania Mountain, located in the scenic Mosquito Mountain Range, is only short drive from Fairplay. By traveling north on Hwy 9, continuing on County Rd. 14 and on up Mountain View Drive where it dead ends, one arrives at the trail head. From here at 13,006, Pennsylvania Mountain offers  spectacular 360 degree views. The easy to moderate hiking trail leads through a 500+ acre natural area with public land on three sides and the remnants of high altitude gold mining operations in the not far away.  At first one hikes along a well-established trail lined with fir trees...

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