Running In Golden Ponds Park

Last week I was visiting my daughter, who lives in Longmont, Colorado. I usually stay in Boulder when I visit her, but this time I stayed in Longmont in case the weather made driving tricky. Since I’ve never stayed in Longmont, I wasn’t sure if I’d find a good place to run, but I found the perfect running route from her place to Golden Ponds Park.

Golden Ponds Park

According to the Longmont website, land for the park was donated by the V.V. Golden Foundation, in honor of Vernon Golden, “who had mined gravel on this site,” to provide “a place to fish, walk and enjoy nature.” This bronze sculpture at the park entrance is of “Vern” helping a small boy fish. 

After I saw pictures of the park on-line, I decided to time my run for sunrise, and headed out at about 6:30 am. As soon as I got to the park, my run turned into intervals of running and picture-taking!

This is the first picture I took, with the moon still visible.

Golden Ponds Park

 This picture is from the far end of the park, looking west to the Front Range. 

Golden Ponds Park

When I turned back, I was greeted by a gorgeous sunrise!

Golden Ponds Park

Golden Ponds Park

I think this is part of the St. Vrain river. When it flooded two years ago, a lot of the trails around Golden Ponds Park were destroyed. 

Golden Ponds Park

Golden Ponds Park

Even the view on my way back to the main street was beautiful.

Golden Ponds Park

As I waited for the light to change, I took one more look back at the mountains.

Golden Ponds Park

I am so glad I discovered Golden Ponds Park–and it makes a perfect 5 mile run from my daughter’s place!

Have you discovered a new running route recently?

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6 Responses to Running In Golden Ponds Park

  1. You are seriously making me miss Colorado!!!
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  2. Wow that does look like a great place to run! Hope you had a nice visit with her.
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  3. Looks nice but cold !
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  4. Jamie King says:

    Looks like a gorgeous (and cold!) run. Way to get out there!

  5. Kim says:

    Gorgeous pictures!! Glad you got to visit your daughter!!!
    I haven’t been anywhere to try a new route lately and we all know that I’m wimpy and would probably stick to the treadmill with the cold.
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  6. jill conyers says:

    What a beautiful place to run! I haven’t run anywhere new lately and I need to. Actually anywhere that’s not the treadmill would be awesome 🙂
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