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Eldorado Canyon State Park, Eldorado Springs

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
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 town of Eldorado Springs was established and was 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.The town also received considerable attention between 1906 and 1949, when Ivy Baldwin performed tight rope acts across the canyon 580ft. Like Ivy Baldwin, many visitors enjoy the spectacular views of the park from a higher perspective, but these visitors prefer rockclimbing to a tight rope.
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  • This park is beautiful. It is a narrow canyon that is crisscrossed by Eldorado Creek. The park is a favorite location for rock climbers. While there, we observed many free climbers in their element. T...  read more »
  • A few minutes south of Boulder, there is a well marked turn, onto the road to Eldorado Canyon State Park, and the town, a couple of miles west of the Park. At the Park, there is an old stone house, se...  read more »
  • I took the Fowler trail and it was a very easy walk and the views are just amazing. Then I went on the goshawk trail about two thirds of the way up and the views were just phenomenal there as well. My...  read more »
  • Great park with plenty of trails. Very good spot for bbq and family get together. The air is fresh and very relaxing. The view is fantastic from up top and even from the ground with outstanding mountains and rocks
  • A great little state park that is far enough away from Boulder to feel removed but still a short drive. We did the Eldorado Canyon trail and were not disappointed. The views were great and the trail itself wasn't too crowded, compared to Royal Arch and other trails around Boulder. Parking is pretty limited which is a good and bad thing, helps keep the crowds down. All the picnic areas where take when we got back from the hike but we just snagged some rocks by the creek for lunch. Overall, definitely worth a trip up there, we will go back.
  • The park was breathtakingly beautiful! The park is in a valley so the mountains feel like they're closing you in. The drive to the park center is a pretty far drive once you enter the park. It is 8 dollars admittance per car and it's cheaper for walking and biking. The park visitors center is trash, it's only a gift shop and a few pictures on the wall showing how the park was made. We went along one of the trails and about half way up there were workers working on the steps for the trail. So it seemed to me like this park is constantly being maintained. Lastly be careful where you wander off in the park, because it's close to some residential property of actual people.
  • Being a local this place is no better than the boulder creek area or the golden community center. I dont see why they charge for this park, it makes sense for the climbers but not the rest of the people. Also be aware of the handicap spots, you park there for a minute by accident, they will fine you 400$ with no excuse. The rangers there are looking to tiket people all day, with any excuse they can find. You can access this area free from other beautiful trail heads like the "walker ranch".today was the busiest it's been for awhile and only 2 rangers were needed for organizing parking since they dont have much spots. 0 stars for the Business minded rangers! This park should be free!
  • Gorgeous views and a very easy hike is available. There is a lot of great rock climbing in the area. Definitely worth the $8 entry fee.
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