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North Table Mountain

Lava flow formed North Table Mountain and its sister mesa, South Table Mountain, about 60 million years ago. Today, North Table Mountain Park visitors enjoy panoramic views, 15-plus miles of trails and above all visitors come for the natural escape.  This is a perfect hike near Denver for when you have limited time on your hands and need some fresh air. While the trails on Table Mountain are accessible all year round, the best time to hike is in the spring and early summer when wild flowers start to bloom. Check out a detailed description of the hike, download a trail map and find driving directions below. North Table Mountain Park Rim Rock Trail at North Table Mountain Park is closed from February 1 through July 31 to protect ground-nesting bird habitat and nesting birds of prey.

The Mesa is a habitat for countless natural Colorado wildlife and diverse species. It is home to prairie dogs, mule deer, Golden eagles and red-tailed hawks. Rattlesnakes are common, and shade is scarce.

The cliffs on North Table Mountain are very popular and offer easy to moderate difficulty routes. The “Golden Cliffs” on North Table Mountain face south and west; comfortable winter/cold weather rock climbing. Hikers must yield to climbers and climbing activities along the cliffs.

West Side of The Mesa

The parking lot and main trailhead are north of Golden on State Highway 93, just north of Pine Ridge Road. There are six dedicated spaces for horse trailers. Left turns are not permitted when leaving the parking lot and turning onto Highway 93.

South Side Of The Mesa (Golden Cliffs Preserve)

From State Highway 93, turn at Washington Avenue and take the third left onto First Street. Turn right at Partridge Circle and take the first right onto Ptarmigan Street. Ptarmigan turns right and becomes Peery Drive. Stay to the left onto Peery Parkway. Please respect our neighbors and follow the residential speed limits and pass through the gate. Follow the lower dirt road to the right for the main Golden Cliffs parking lot. The property boundary begins at the parking area entrance.

East Side of The Mesa

Parking is at City of Golden Tony Grampsas Memorial Sports Complex, 4471 Salvia St., Golden, CO. Access trail to North Table Loop crosses Easley Road.