Confluence Park

November 28, 2013 by  

Confluence Park From 15th St Bridge

Confluence Park From 15th Street Bridge

    I have been back in Denver for two weeks and the winter season has been remarkably good to me so far. It has snowed once and there have been a few really cold days but for the most part it’s been sunny and warm. Yesterday I went on a 30 mile roundtrip bike ride from Littleton to Confluence Park in 65 degree weather. Denver has an amazing system of bike paths throughout the metro area so I rode the entire way on a paved path, never once having to deal with cars or roads. I was just cruising along and enjoying the sites of Denver so the amount of time I spent on the bike was about four hours as well as an additional hour taking pictures.

    Confluence Park is named because it is situated at the confluence of The South Platte River and Cheery Creek. In the photo above, I’m standing on the 15th Street bridge looking southwest at the park. The South Platte Trail, the trail I arrived on heads off in the distance while the Cherry Creek Trail is on the left.

Confluence Park Rapids

Confluence Park Rapids

    Starting at the Speer Street Bridge there is a hundred yards or so of mild rapids where kayakers are permitted to practice their craft. Everything in the park is free. There are no amenities but there is a river, lots of grass and trails that you may use whenever you like. It is a pedestrian and biking gateway into Downtown Denver. I am very happy to be back in Denver; I’ve been in San Diego for the last 8 years and just didn’t realize how much I liked and ultimately missed the Mile High City. I grew up in Denver, most of my friends and family live here and I know the place like the back of my hand so these last two weeks have been an amazing homecoming.

Confluence Park Pedestrian Bridge

Pedestrian Bridge Over South Platte River

    I have been into Downtown Denver a few times since I’ve been back but this was my first time riding my bike there and just taking some time for myself and my camera. I’ll be the first to admit that the San Diego sun has jaded me against cold weather so I was very nervous about moving back to here at the onset of winter. Denver is a very sunny city and the mountains get the lion’s share of the snow so it’s not like living in Alaska, but it’s also not like living in San Diego either. Truth be told, it’s better than both of those places. Yeah, I said it. Cheers!


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6 Responses to “Confluence Park”

  1. Oxford Taxis on November 29th, 2013 2:17 am

    Magnificent Park-Thanks to share

  2. Aylesbury Taxi on November 29th, 2013 2:25 am

    very beautiful and attractive place. Just look at the water flow. Oh my God

  3. Rick on December 9th, 2013 8:40 am

    Truly is the best of both worlds, and much better than my native Minnesota, where it's too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer.

    Not to mention that Colorado has "real" skiing and mountain biking. Never going back.

    All the best,


  4. The World Is Raw on December 10th, 2013 7:33 pm

    I've never been to Minnesota, I like it here in Colorado and it's about as "wintery" a place as I'd ever like to live!

  5. theworldisraw on December 24th, 2013 1:06 pm

    Thank you for the kind words… Going kayaking in the river is on my to do list!

  6. photogjenn on February 20th, 2014 3:56 pm

    REI! YES!!!!

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