Moon Mission

You might be familiar with Barr Lake State Park’s monthly full-moon hikes, but did you know that once a year, the park also hosts a Solstice Moon Hike? Bundle up on the shortest day of the year for this short hike (naturalist Larry Zanetell says it’s about two and a half miles) and listen to Zanetell and fellow naturalist D.J. discuss the last-quarter solstice moon and how some Barr Lake animals have responded to the winter season.

“We do bring a scope, so hopefully we’ll see owls along the way, and some planets,” Zanetell says. “People enjoy it; we have had very cold hikes, but I think the response has been pretty good.” Take that warning for what it is and dress for the weather (meaning lots of layers!) so you can comfortably enjoy the program; you’ll warm up at the end with hot chocolate and cookies.

The hike is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended; it starts today at 4:30 p.m. Call 303-659-6005 for information.
Mon., Dec. 22, 4:30 p.m., 2008

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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