One of the biggest draws to Colorado for most people is the boundless opportunities to lead an active lifestyle. Not only are the mountains an obvious advantage to living in this glorious state, but an added bonus is the abundance of parks and open spaces I’ve noticed since moving here last month, too. It seems all I have to do is drive a few blocks and I’m passing yet another entrance to yet another community park, regional park, state park, wildlife refuge, nature center… and I only live about 10 minutes from the border of Denver.
Standley Lake Regional Park is a 3,000-acre open space park located in Westminster — just about 5 miles from my apartment depending on the entrance I decide to park in that day. Coming here for either a quick jog or a long, leisurely stroll along the muddy trails is an immediate stress reliever and makes me feel so so so so lucky to be living in Colorado. (Are we seeing these mountains? Can’t find that in Philly!)