, 2023-01-12 03:55:20,
Initially established in 1860 by the so-called “Potato King” Rufus Clark, Highlands Ranch in Douglas County is now a Denver community that used to be a hunting ground for Cheyenne, Arapahoe Native Americans, and Ute.
This beautiful community features 26 parks, including off-leash dog areas and over 70 miles of trails that are perfect for biking, running, horseback riding, or even a short stroll.
Moreover, it has 2,500 acres of untapped land waiting to be explored, in addition to the 8,200 conservation range in the Backcountry Wilderness Area.
Many fun-filled activities await locals and visitors alike, such as disc golf, slacklining, pickleball, and fishing in the ponds.
Here are free things to do in Highlands Ranch, Colorado:
Visit the Historic Highlands Ranch Mansion
Originally called Rotherwood, the historic Highlands Ranch Mansion was a stone farmhouse constructed in 1891 by Samuel Allen Long located on Gateway Drive.
You can see the word “Rotherwood” carved into a stone above the front entrance, as well as the year “1891“ beneath an upstairs window.
The antique building itself is 22,000 square feet with 14 bedrooms, five fireplaces, a ballroom, a library, and 11 bathrooms.
It also has a billiard room, a butler’s pantry, and kitchen, a private courtyard, a great room, a dining room, and a sophisticated staircase.
The mansion provides an insight into how its early settlers and pioneers lived.
The 1.4 miles of surface trails feature spectacular views and are part of the Highlands Ranch Metro District’s expansive trail system.
Meander across the gardens and see the iconic windmills, historic barns, and other ranch buildings.
Beat the Heat at Civic Green Park
Civic Green Park features a case pavilion that can accommodate more than a hundred people, as well as a garden and overlook shelters that each can make room for up to 40 people.
Your kids will love the playground not only because of the equipment but also because of the large books.
They will also enjoy playing on the splash pads and the stream, perfect for beating the heat during summer.
Located on Ridgeline Boulevard, Civic Green Park is also home to a garden with various followers, including Columbine in different colors.
It’s the perfect place to have some quiet time while appreciating the rock sculptures and art walks.
Don’t forget to dismount your bicycle when arriving at Civic…
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