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Casey Jones Park, Elizabeth

Distance1.4 mi
Elevation Gain95 ft
My Time28 min
DifficultyEasy
Closest TownElizabeth
Food NearbyBuzzards

Casey Jones Park

Casey Jones Park is a mixed use park in the town of Elizabeth, Colorado. There is a new trail located in the northwest corner of the park that is a really lovely mile and half loop through a wooded section that should be good for all user.

Elbert County

Elbert County, Colorado is a sideways L shaped county to the southeast of Denver. It houses the towns of Elizabeth and Kiowa among others. I spent quite a bit of time driving around Elbert County and I have to say that it is beautiful. The agriculturally based county is full of large ranches and farms with rolling hills and beautiful landscape. What I didn’t find a lot of were hiking trails but the county itself has some beautiful land! I did finally find a hiking/walking trail in the town of Elizabeth and was able to hike in Colorado county number 27 on my goal to hiking in all 63 counties.

The Trail at Casey Jones Park

Most of my trail reviews are broken down into parts but this trail, since it was shorter, can be summed up a little easier. Just a reminder that I am firm believer that anything can be a hike and the important part is to get outside!

A wide trail on a slight upslope through a field of tall pine trees at the Casey Jones Park
The trail going through tall trees at the Casey Jones Park

The trail located behind the park was really pleasant and really enjoyable. A wide path weaves its way though a wooded area behind the park. In an instant the sights and sounds of the nearby town are forgotten as you make your way through the nearly mile and half loop. The loop alternates between good shade and open area to give some nice perspectives.

The wide trail passing through an open field and leading to the tree line at Casey Jones Park
Trail through open fields at Casey Jones Park

The wide trail is mostly easy to follow along and takes you in and out of the woods before returning near the main parts of the park. The final stretch of the loop is behind the arena and ballfields of the park before connecting back to the start.

While short and pretty easy, this was a really enjoyable park to enjoy a quiet moment in nature and I really liked it. I also think it will be a hike that any skill level should be comfortable with as the trail is easy to handle and easy to follow and the elevation gain is minimal. If you are looking for a nice hike near Elizabeth, this might be the spot for you!

Video of Casey Jones Park

I have put together this time lapsed version of the hike to give you a feel of what the trail is like. If you enjoy the video make sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel. It is free and you will get all the latest updates.

The hike at Casey Jones Park

Distance and Elevation

If you don’t have the AllTrails app you might want to check it out, I really love mine. It records your progress and is a great way to search for hikes that are nearby and gives you difficulty measurements. According to AllTrails today’s hike was around 1.40 miles and had a total elevation gain of about 95 feet including undulations. That put the high point at around 6,604 feet. I was also moving for a total of 28 minutes.

Effort

A really nice and easy hike through the woods without much elevation to worry about. The hike at the Casey Jones Park isn’t too much of a challenge on the effort standpoint but does have a few very small hills to traverse but should be appropriate for all skill levels.

Terrain

The trail is mostly flat with little to no obstacles in the trail. The path is mostly wide and easy to follow although there are a few times where it blends in to the surroundings. Any athletic would be appropriate for this trail.

Access

The Casey Jones Park hike is appropriately in Casey Jones Park! The trail starts in the northwest corner of the parking right where the road turns to go to the arena. Parking can be a bit tricky depending on what events are going on at the park.

Wrapping up Casey Jones Park

Casey Jones Park isn’t the most challenging hike out there but it sure was an enjoyable walk through the woods in a surprising place. The park is smaller and part of bigger complex but the woods take you to another place. I really enjoyed this hike and found it really relaxing and I kept hoping it would keep going on.

Plus, the trail is on the easier side so more people should be able to enjoy it and I am all for that!

I have added this hike and all of my hikes to my interactive map page that you can find here. If you have a suggestion or comment you can email me at fatmanlittletrails@gmail.com. Or follow me on any of the below social media platforms. Happy Hiking!

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