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Eldorado Canyon State Park

Eldorado Canyon State Park Review

With its steep walls and pine forests, this park attracts outdoor thrill-seekers and nature lovers. Kayakers get adrenaline rushes on the rapids of South Boulder Creek, while rock climbers scale the canyon's granite walls. Picnickers can choose from 33 streamside spots, and anglers' catches average 8 inches. Bird-watchers and artists find plenty of inspiration, and hikers have 12 miles of trails to wander. The Streamside Trail is a mostly level, 1-mile round-trip that parallels South Boulder Creek ½ mile to West Ridge; 300 feet of the trail is wheelchair accessible. Half of the 1½-mile round-trip of Fowler Trail is wheelchair accessible. The trail has interpretive signs about the wildlife. For the best views of the canyon and the Front Range plains, head up Rattlesnake Gulch Trail. The round-trip 3½-mile switchback trail ends at an overlook 800 feet higher in elevation than the trailhead, where you can see the high Rockies of the Continental Divide. Snowshoeing is popular here in winter. Mountain bikers crank on Rattlesnake Gulch Trail and the Walker Ranch Loop. Eldorado Canyon Trail is open to horseback riding.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 9 Kneale Rd., Drive south on Broadway (Hwy. 93) 3 miles to Eldorado Canyon Dr. (Rte. 170); paved road ends at the village of Eldorado Springs. Drive through town to park entrance, CO, 80025 | Map It
  • Phone: 303/494–3943
  • Cost: $8 per vehicle
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  • Location: Boulder
Updated: 10-01-2013

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