platte river trail

The Platte River Trail: North from Carpio Sanguinette Park

Through Instagram and my blog, I have started to meet some local people with whom I have common interests, such as hiking and walking.  Recently, I was honored to meet Chris Englert with Denver By Foot.  She has written books about many of the metro trails I have been walking of late.  We met at Carpio Sanguinette Park, looped around Heron Pond, and walked part of the Platte River Trail to the Burlington Ditch.

graffiti art at Carpio Sanguinette Park

Carpio Sanguinette Park

Recently I’ve been exploring different parks and open spaces in and around Denver to give my dog Annie a change of scenery.  Today I visited Carpio Sanguinette Park, Heron Pond Nature, and Heller Open Space which connect to make up 83 acres.

I selected Carpio Sanguinette Park for a variety of reasons.  First, it is only 15 minutes away from my house.  Second, based on the map it looked like it featured a large green space with a potential to walk on a natural trail through Heller Open Space.  Finally, located in an industrial area, I hoped it would be quiet so Annie had freedom to run.

To my surprise, the area exceeded my hopes and expectations.