South Platte Park Carson Nature Center

South Platte Park (Map pdf), is over 880 acres of open space along the South Platte River with 5 lakes open to fishing (Fishing Guide pdf), 2.5 miles of the South Platte River and the Mary Carter Greenway for walking and biking, nearly 4 miles of natural surface trails, and the Carson Nature Center and classroom. South Platte Park has over 300 species of wildlife and is an excellent place for wildlife viewing, photography, and bird watching. Stop in to check out exhibits and live animals in our small museum, get information on trails or wildlife, or how to use our Interactive Water Table pdf.

Our mission is to help people find meaning and value in natural open space through direct positive experiences.  

Programs & Classes

South Platte Park offers programs guided by interpretive naturalists for a variety of ages and interests.  Join us for campfire programs, moonlight walks, school break camps, adult education, and much more!

Our staff are professionally certified through the National Association for Interpretation!  Want to know more about our qualifications to lead you and your children in your nature experience?  Check out our staff profiles!


Volunteers assist in the management of South Platte Park in many capacities from guiding programs to caring for trails or helping in the Nature Center. Find out more by visiting our Volunteer Page.  For the latest edition of our volunteer update newsletter with dates of projects and more details, email us!

Application for Volunteering


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(north of Mineral, west of Santa Fe)
3000 W Carson Drive
Littleton, CO 80120

South Platte Park Supervisor
Skot Latona

Park Hours

Sunrise to Sunset

Parking Map pdfWeekend Parking pdf

Current South Platte River Flow at C470 Boat Chute

Nature Center Hours

Tue - Fri 12 - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Closed Mondays and Holidays.

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