Lava flow formed North Table Mountain and its sister mesa, South Table Mountain, about 60 million years ago. Today, North Table Mountain Park visitors enjoy panoramic views, 15-plus miles of trails and above all visitors come for the natural escape.  This is a perfect hike near Denver for when you don’t have much time on your hands but need some fresh air. While the trails on Table Mountain are accessible all year round, the best time to hike is in the Spring and early Summer when wild flowers start to bloom. Check out a detailed description of the hike, download a trail map and find driving directions below.

Explore The Mesa

The Mesa is a habitat for countless natural Colorado wildlife and diverse species. It is home to prairie dogs and 80 to 100 mule deer. Golden eagles and red-tailed hawks nest in the mesa cliffs. A seasonal closure of Rim Rock Trail from February 1 to July 31 allows raptors to successfully fledge. Shore birds and ducks fly three seasonal ponds that dot the top of the mountain. Rattlesnakes are common, and shade is scarce. Lichen Peak Trail allows hikers to ascend to the park’s highest peak. The Golden Cliffs Trail provides climbers with access to routes on southern cliff walls in the park and Golden Cliffs Preserve.

Adventure Activities

The cliffs on North Table Mountain are very popular with climbers, offering easy to moderate difficulty routes. Climbers refer to it as Golden Cliffs. The “Golden Cliffs” on North Table Mountain face south and west, so it makes for comfortable winter/cold weather rock climbing. Most routes here are tightly bolted and short (60-foot range).

The trail to the Golden Cliffs is advanced with grades exceeding 25%; biking is prohibited. Hikers must yield to climbers and to climbing activities along the cliffs. Access the trail via the south end of Peery Drive.

How to get to North Table Mountain


The parking lot and main trailhead are north of Golden on State Highway 93, just north of Pine Ridge Road. There are six dedicated spaces for horse trailers. Left turns are not permitted when leaving the parking lot and turning onto Highway 93.

SOUTH SIDE OF THE MESA (Golden Cliffs Preserve)

From State Highway 93, turn at Washington Avenue and take the third left onto First Street. Turn right at Partridge Circle and take the first right onto Ptarmigan Street. Ptarmigan turns right and becomes Peery Drive. Stay to the left onto Peery Parkway. Please respect our neighbors and follow the residential speed limits and pass through the gate. Follow the lower dirt road to the right for the main Golden Cliffs parking lot. The property boundary begins at the parking area entrance.


Parking is at City of Golden Tony Grampsas Memorial Sports Complex, 4471 Salvia St., Golden, CO. Access trail to North Table Loop crosses Easley Road.

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