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The Hills of Westminster

Revel in scenic views from the city's wide open spaces

Westminster is known for its fantastic mountain and Denver skyline views in part because much of the city is located on a series of hills. A large ridge extends in a northeasterly direction from 82nd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard to 128th Avenue and Huron Street. This ridge, overlooking the valleys carved by Big Dry Creek and Little Dry Creek, helped create Westminster's hilly terrain. The elevation above sea level is listed for each site.

There is a 622-foot gain in elevation from Westminster's lowest spot (5,150 feet at Big Dry Creek and I-25) to its highest spot (5,772 feet at Indiana Street and 104th Avenue). This is more elevation gain than in the states of Florida, Delaware or Louisiana! Many of these views are protected by the city through the acquisition of key parcels for parks and open space. To celebrate these views, we have identified some excellent vantage points to take in Westminster's sweeping views:

84th Avenue (east of Federal Boulevard) - Truly a signature view of downtown Denver and Pikes Peak, and the entire metro area. (elevation 5,525 feet)

Pillar of Fire (82nd Avenue/Lowell Boulevard) - Incredible southern and westerly views from the historic campus of former Westminster University owned by the Pillar of Fire. Soak up some Westminster history, too. (elevation 5,540 feet)

90th Avenue/Yates Street - This hilltop with two restaurants allows you to have your view (and eat it too!) Both restaurants have outdoor seating with great sunset views. (elevation 5,530 feet)

City Hall Bell Tower (City Hall, 92nd Avenue/Yates Street) - A phenomenal 360-degree view of all of metro Denver. Contact Department of General Services, ext. 2150, for instructions on how to access the tower (you must be accompanied by a person 18 or older). Warning: you need to walk up more than 180 steps! (elevation 5,525 feet at base of tower and 5,655 at the top)

Squires Park (Lowell Boulevard/99th Avenue) - Soak in a great westerly view from under a covered picnic shelter. Kids will enjoy the great playground built into the hillside and huge grassy area. (elevation 5,505 feet)

City Park Recreation Center (105th Avenue/Sheridan Boulevard) - The view from the fountain plaza between the City Park Recreation Center and City Park Fitness Center is another stunning mountain view with the park in the foreground. The grand staircase lines up directly with Longs Peak. A popular place for outdoor weddings. Also enjoy the view on Westminster's best sledding hill. (elevation 5,360 feet)

Legacy Ridge Clubhouse (Legacy Ridge Parkway/Osceola Drive) - The view from the hill top restaurant (open to the public) is great. Enjoy your favorite beverage on the shaded outdoor patio with fantastic views of the mountains, golf course and a pond with waterfall. Very restful! (elevation 5,412 feet)

Cotton Creek Park (112th Avenue/Stuart Street) - Another park, another picnic shelter, a neat playground, sledding hill and more great mountain views. (elevation 5,280 feet)

College Hill Library - Enjoy a great view of the Big Dry Creek Open space and mountains beyond from the second floor while immersed in a book. (elevation 5,280 feet)

Ranch Country Club - You don't have to be a country club member to enjoy this "Chamber of Commerce" mountain view from Zuni Street at about 118th Avenue. (elevation 5,325 feet)

Ranch Park (120th Avenue/Tejon Street) - Another great picnic area with a view. Kids and adults alike enjoy visiting the horses at the adjacent Ranch Open Space. (elevation 5,380 feet)

Mountain View Open Space (104th Avenue/Hooker Street) - This open space preserves the phenomenal view and is a favorite for serious photographers. A great vantage point for 4th of July fireworks! (elevation 5,545 feet)

121st Avenue/Zuni Street - Park in the cul-de-sac and take in a sweeping view. (elevation 5,318 feet)

Hole 14, Heritage Golf Course - For golfers, the 14th tee offers a commanding view south to downtown Denver and Pike's Peak. You can get a similar view (without paying a green's fee) at Simms Street and about 116th Avenue. (elevation 5,650 feet)

Standley Lake - There are many wonderful views of the lake and the mountains beyond, especially on the east side of the lake, south of the dam at sunset. You will think that you are at a mountain resort. (elevation 5,505 feet)

Big Dry Creek Valley - Park at 122nd Avenue/Park Centre Drive north of the roundabout. Walk north onto city open space. Look west and notice your jaw drop! The views are stunning. (elevation 5,265 feet)

Get out and enjoy the beautiful views from Westminster, and be sure to "Shop Westminster" to provide funds to continue to preserve open space and views.

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