Lincoln Park Urban Hiking Denver
Animals might be the theme of Lincoln Park, also known as La Alma, neighborhood. With MaxFund on its eastern boundary and the Buckhorn Exchange on its western, both places show the variety of the neighborhoods and the surprises around every artistic turn of this central neighborhood. Bounded by W Colfax Ave on the north, W 6th Ave on the south, the Cherry Creek on the east and the S Platte River on the west, a 2.5-mile walk through Lincoln Park is quite enjoyable.
Who’s Looking at You?
Lincoln’s Park western edge of Osage was once the hangout for railmen and phone men. They installed this infrastructure during the day then hung at the Buckhorn and other rough and tumble salons at night–which explains why the Buckhorn holds liquor license number one for Colorado. Now the Buckhorn, with its upgraded clientele, is the last stop before entering the light rail station to downtown.
In Harmony and Mariposas
Moving easterly through the neighborhood, you’ll come across the Mariposa area. Once a place where folks avoided, it’s now a beautifully redeveloped income-qualified and market-rate housing complex with non-profits on the first floor servicing the community.
Next up on the easterly trek is the Santa Fe arts district. Be sure to come back on the First Friday of the month to catch the open gallery scene, and enjoy the district on this walk as well. You’ll be welcomed by colorful murals, eclectic galleries and cultural museums. Don’t miss the Su Teatro theatre, originally one of Denver’s first silent movie houses and now home to great Latin-influenced shows, community plays, and local entertainment.
A Tiger Crosses the Road…
No matter what streets you walk in Lincoln, a riot of colors will greet you on almost every available wall. You’ll eventually end up on the east side of the neighborhood at Sunken Gardens Park. Once the darling of the area with manicured gardens and flowing creeks, it’s now an open grassy park that welcome West High School kids and locals to lounge in the open space.
Interspersed between the history and the murals are homes from the Victorian area, smaller historic shotgun homes, and a mix of wooden and brick homes in between. Be sure to enjoy the wide range of architecture and art throughout the neighborhood.
~See you on the trail