The Yampa River Botanic Park is a beloved community park a bit south of downtown, located off the Yampa River. In function, it’s more like a park, but in design it resembles a botanical garden, with the flowers, ponds, and berms artfully arranged to complement the pathways and treat the eyes as visitors walk to grounds. For a walk that refreshes the soul, this half park, half botanical garden in Colorado can’t be beat!
About the Park
This beautiful park was once a horse pasture, transformed in 1995 into a park. It’s kept afloat by the love of visitors, donors, and from grants. It’s a popular place for joggers, photographers, music festivals, and weddings. (Note, however, that dogs are not allowed in the park, making it not a great place for dog-walkers.) Through cunning use of water and soil, the botanic park hosts plants native throughout the Yampa River Basin—both desert and alpine plants grow here.
The Yampa River Botanic Park is great for those interested in plants native to the area, as both their common and scientific names are displayed. It’s also a great attraction for children, with stepping stones, sculptures, and a children’s garden area.
The park also hosts one-hour yoga classes, which is fabulous if you want to find a way to make the park feel even more peaceful. If you’re a fan of yoga, visit the park at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and/or Saturday (weather permitting). The classes are free, with a $10 donation to the park encouraged. If you haven’t tried yoga, this could be among the best places to learn it, surrounded by peaceful waters and beautiful alpine blooms. Classes are held in June, July, and August. The park also hosts free music on Thursdays throughout the summer, called Music on the Green. Visit the Strings Music Festival website for schedules.
Location, Admission, and Times
To get to the park by car, use the US-40 (S Lincoln Avenue) to get to Trafalger Drive. Go west on Trafalger, then south on Pamela Lane to reach the park. The park is also accessible by the Yampa River Core Trail, making it easy to fit in during a longer walk.
As mentioned, the park is free to enjoy.
The park opens at dawn and closes at sunset. It is in operation From April 15th to October 31st.
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