Eldorado Canyon State Park, Eldorado Springs

4.8
#58 of 251 in Nature in Colorado
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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  • My wife and I hiked approximately 6 miles through the canyon on Fowler Trail and then a couple other trails. It was beautiful, safe, challenging and we followed with a picnic by stream near the Visito...  more »
  • We did the Fowler Trail and part of the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail with our two daughters (six and three). The former was quite easy and offered beautiful vistas of the Canyon. The latter was a bit too d...  more »
  • This is one of the most beautiful state parks I’ve ever been to. Every view is big and grand, with cliffs coming up on all sides of you. Looks like an amazing place to rock climb and there are a varie...  more »
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  • We drove into the park, paid 8$ at the entrance. There was a public restroom in the first area of parking spaces. the restrooms were typical hole in the ground type that I see at most trails, and I don't love it. the park itself is amazing! In the beginning of the park, as we drove in, we could see a few groups of climbers coming up the side of the walls of the mountains on the lefthand side. And on the right side, was a bridge and the whale tail rock, and these led to two trails going in opposite directions and in between that was a sign that said expert trail which pointed up and looked scary! We explored around both non expert trails and while the one to the left just kept going further up, the other led down to the water and along the little body of flowing water. We decided to drive further into the park and found a nice pool with larger rocks and some sand. it was pretty amazing and was so peaceful. We saw the South Boulder Mountain and a couple others which were all so beautiful and photos just cant do it justice. Next time I will be more prepared so I can try to make the hike to the main waterfall. All in all, I had an amazing time! I feel really silly that I have lived in Boulder for 2 years and not come here until now.
  • How anyone can give this place less then a 5 star rating is beyond me. This place is truly magical and was by far the highlight of our Colorado trip (minus Red Rocks). Stumbled upon it while my daughter was in a visit to CU and was looking for a place my son and could get away for a few hours, and boy did we find the perfect place. My son enjoyed all the bouldering and the views and trails were absolutely amazing. Cannot wait to come back.
  • This park is beautiful! I'm not a rock climber, but this park is definitely one of the places-to-be for rock climbers. There are random trails and paths for those of us who are not rock-climbing enthusiasts. Maps of the various trails are posted in strategic areas. (My wife and I went on the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail. Beautiful views along the trail.) The parking here is very limited; so, it's best to come in the morning than in the afternoon. There is a narrow dirt road through Eldorado Springs before you reach the booth to pay your way into the park. It's $3 to walk in, $8 to drive in, and $70 for an annual pass. This park is dog-friendly, and the person in the booth will give a treat if they find out you have a dog in your car.
  • Great park. So many different hiking options. Good picnic areas to use next to the creek. If you like rock climbing lots of choices. Easy to get to from Denver - always take visiting family/friends here. Get there early for parking as does fill up quite quickly.
  • This place was absolutely gorgeous! We took the dogs on a 4mile hike here along the dirt road and then up into the rattlesnake gulch trail. It was absolutely breathtaking. We were able to walk by the river for a little, but it was running very quickly and we didn’t want to let the dogs jump in. On our way up the dirt road we saw so many climbers / boulderers and were able to watch them scale there gargantuan cliffs for a little while which was really cool. We went around 6pm so it was nice and shays yet still got a lot of sun. I’d imagine in the mornings it would also get a lot of shade as there are so many trees! Great views of rock formations, birds, and just an all around peaceful place to be.
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