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Eldorado Canyon State Park, Eldorado Springs

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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 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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  • If you want a really neat place to hike near Boulder, this is it. Simply amazing rivers and bluffs. You can drive in and hike as far as you want. We are beginners. It took us 90 minutes to the top and...  more »
  • My husband and I are from the East Coast and are rarely hikers-- but we were able to hike the trails here. It is beautiful in every direction you look. My Advice is to get there early because parking ...  more »
  • I already reviewed this but Trip Advisor wants me to do it again. It is magnificent. Canyon walls not done justice by photographs. The river flows year round, and if you are tired of the Colorado fron...  more »
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  • My wife and I met up with her sister and brothers and we had 5 kids under four and did the rattlesnake trail..it was awesome! It's definitely challenging and not for the faint of heart but totally doable! The views are breathtaking, the trails were well groomed and there were a few flat areas to rest along the way. I would definitely recommend this park and if you have younger kids, being nice hiking packs to haul them..that makes all the difference! Only $8/vehicle entrance fee, definitely worth it!
  • There is so much climbing here, it is unreal. The Eldorado Trail is beautiful and diverse, but also long. There's a good map of it on the side of the road close to the entrance. I'm not sure why they don't have the same map at the visitor center. You need a day pass or a yearly CO state park pass to get in. There are also spots by the river that are easy to walk for kids. This place is easy to get to, but feels remote. Just outside of the park are also really good trails, but keep in mind that you do need to pay for parking.
  • Absolutely gorgeous. So much to wall around and climb on. People were ever rock climbing up the faces it was amazing. Would love to go back any time of the year
  • The drive down to the park is very sketchy, but it's well worth it. Not far from the city and allows one to feel like they are truly in the wilderness. Lots of climbing opportunities as well. Be sure to bring $8 if you're just going for the day!
  • Can be a bit crowded for parking and at the base of trails, but it really thins out quickly up a trail. Amazing views. Cool to watch the rock climbers doing their thing. Great trails for dogs (on leash).