Peaceful Suburbia

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After walking in Five Points earlier this week, ambling through Denver’s most southwestern neighborhood of Fort Logan was a peaceful change to the hustle and bustle of urban Denver. Over hill and dale, we found conservative ranch-style homes and an adventure into the Fort Logan National Cemetery. Read about our urban hiking trip through Fort Logan neighborhood.

Split Levels and Ranches

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Fort Logan neighborhood sits peacefully near the cemetery with a nice orderly and conservative approach to being neighbors. Not too much flash, neatly trimmed neighborhoods, and quiet streets, I imagine there are many retired military families living here. fort logan urban hiking denver eatwalklearn

Occasionally, a homeowner’s quirkiness would stand out, but mostly the yards stayed trimmed and the parks quietly welcomed gentle walks. The sidewalks in the neighborhood invite a good aerobic workout up and down the many hills throughout the area.

Approach Fort Logan National Cemetery

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Going down the hill, we approached the Fort Logan National Cemetery. Named after General Logan who founded Memorial Day, the fort originally spied native Americans and uprising Mexicans from the ambitious Mexico of the time. After WWII, land from the fort was deeded to the state for a mental hospital. It sits to the east side of the property. To the west is the national cemetery.

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Our visit to the cemetery was on a day of about 20 burials, which we found out was common. The visitor’s center invites you to look up names and locate them. Or, you can solemnly meander the gravestones which position with precision, row after row after row.

Although our urban hike through the Fort Logan neighborhood didn’t have many surprises, we were honored to experience a quiet, peaceful day giving thought and gratitude to our dead veterans and their families.

The Route:

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For this 3.5-mile walk, you’ll start in the neighborhood and walk toward the cemetery, looping back to your start.

Park at 3822 W Tufts Ave. Walk west past the school, taking a right on S Utica Street. At W Princeton Drive, take a left.

Take a right on South Sheridan Blvd. At the cemetery, take a right into the property. You’ll see a small visitor’s center on the right where you can research names and get maps to particular graves.

Once you’ve visited the cemetery, return back to Sheridan turning left, and take a left on W Oxford. Take a right on S Zenobia St, heading up the hill.

Cross W Princeton again. At Pinehurst Park, take the trail that veers toward the playground.

Exit the park on S Vrain St, walking to the south. At W Stanford Ave take a left. Take a right on S Utica, then take a left on Tufts, returning back to where you parked.

Click here to see the route, map, and turn by turn directions.