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South Valley is a natural getaway hidden in plain sight near Littleton.
It’s tucked behind the Hogback, an elongate hill west of town.
Within the valley are gently rolling meadows punctuated by large stone spires and fins.
The reddish sandstone is, in fact, of the same layer that makes the cliffs at Red Rocks just to the north.
In South Valley, the formations are not as grand, but they're still enchanting in their own way.
The scenery of spires, patches of forest, surrounding meadows, and sweeping hillsides feels a world away from the city, even though it’s not far at all. A network of well-maintained trails weaves through this landscape, part of South Valley Park.
Coyote Song is a local favorite trail.
It’s a wide dirt path with a gentle gradient, good for casual walking and bike riding.
There are two trailheads, a north and south, that begin from separate park entrances. The loop mapped here links Coyote Song with the hiker-only Swallow Trail, beginning at the North Trailhead, but you could do either one as an out and back instead, and you can start from either trailhead.
For a longer hike, you can link with Grazing Elk Loop or Lyons Back and Columbine Trail.
One great thing about South Valley Park is the multiple access points and trail combinations to choose from.
Another great thing is the convenience to town.
It’s the perfect place to unwind and enjoy nature after work, whether with family, friends, the dog, or just by yourself. Sources: https://www.jeffco.us/1431/South-Valley-Park https://dayhikesneardenver.com/south-valley-park-ken-caryl/ https://www.jeffco.us/DocumentCenter/View/9384/South-Valley-Park-Map