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Eldorado Canyon, Boulder

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Eldorado Canyon State Park is part of the Colorado State Park system. It is located in Boulder County near the city of Boulder. The park consists of two areas, the Inner Canyon (developed area) and Crescent Meadows (undeveloped area). The park encompasses 885acre with a variety of recreation opportunities available. Eldorado Canyon is home to one of the world's most accessible and comprehensive rock climbing areas. This state park is open during daylight hours only, visitors are expected to leave before dusk. A fee is required for entry, except on Colorado Day (August 1) when all state parks are free.HistoryUte Indians were the first inhabitants into this area that is nestled against the foothills near Boulder. The Indians lived within the walls of the canyon because they provided protection from the harsh Colorado winters. Settlers soon followed in search of gold and agriculture. Eldorado Canyon is famous for its spectacular geologic history dating back billions of years. Near the park’s entrance at the visitors center, there are rocks calculated to be over 1.5 billion years old.At the beginning of the twentieth century, the community of Eldorado Springs was established and became known as a resort for the elite. The town offered visitors warm artesian springs and lush hotels, including the Crags Hotel, the Eldorado and the Grand View. Numerous celebrities and Denver residents enjoyed the beautiful getaway until a fire burned all these hotels in 1912. Crags Hotel operated from 1908 to 1912.
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  • In a state park that often fills up early, but great setting in a canyon with an active rive and a few great hikes. Also, nice picnice area, which also fills early, but wort the trip. State park fees ...  more »
  • The small park fee ($8) was worth it. We got here late in the afternoon with rain turning to snow and had the place to ourselves. It was absolutely beautiful. We weren't prepared for the cold, wet wea...  more »
  • Yes Yes Yes! This is what you come to the Boulder area for right here - a good strong incline up and view worth working for! (Beautiful thing to do right off the plane.) Two hours took us the entire R...  more »
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