Conifer & Aspen Park
Just south of Morrison, with its famous sandstone Red Rocks natural
amphitheater, Turkey Creek has cut a canyon through the foothills and U.S.
Highway 285 follows this route into the mountains toward CONIFER.
Conifer is the hub of a number of
communities located along U.S. Highway 285 west of Denver. It was
originally settled during the late 1800’s as a ranching community and stage and
freight stop for people moving on to the high country gold fields. Today
people are still attracted to the area by its abundant natural beauty away from
the urban environment of the city.
The unincorporated CONIFER/ASPEN PARK area located about 25 miles from
downtown Denver, is less developed than its neighbor, Evergreen, 9 miles to the
north. Residents here prefer larger lots with plenty of privacy.
Population density is deceptive. The outstanding forests of aspen, spruce,
fir and pine which cover the hillsides and provide a magnificent setting for the
many fine homes found here, create a sense of seclusion and a country
atmosphere. Yet residents enjoy an easy commute along Highway 285 to
almost anywhere in the Denver area. Driving time is approximately 35-45
minutes. The Bailey area is about ten minutes further west.
Pike and Arapaho National Forests surround the 285 Corridor. Numerous
trails provide access for hiking, cross country skiing, camping and picnicking.
The nearby South Platte River has excellent trout fishing, along with good
kayaking and canoeing opportunities. Elk are often seen grazing in
mountain meadows and even in backyards, giving residents a close up, picture
Both CONIFER and ASPEN PARK contain retail
centers with grocery stores and a good selection of retail shops and services.
There are several medical centers, and RTD public bus transportation is
available to both Evergreen and Denver daily. There is also a local
Two volunteer fire departments serve the CONIFER and Turkey Creek Canyon
areas. Police protection is provided by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s
Department. There are several elementary schools, a middle school and a
new high school in the immediate area. All the schools are part of the
Jefferson County R-1 School District.
Community spirit abounds in the area, and there are several fairs and
festivals throughout the year. One of the most popular of these events is
the Conifer Hobby and Art Fair, started in 1969 as a way to showcase the works
of the many talented artists living in the area.
The pleasant mountain suburbs are located at an ideal altitude, ranging from
7,500 to 9,500 feet, for a year-round desirable climate. It’s sunny more
than 300 days a year, and the air is clean and smog-free. Summer
temperatures seldom reach above 80 degrees in CONIFER, with most winter days
offering sunshine and dry roads. Most homes are located on county roads
which are well maintained in both winter and summer.
The CONIFER area is easily reached by taking U.S. Highway 285 southwest from
Denver, or by following C470 south off of Interstate 70 to Highway 285.