Eldorado Canyon State Park, Eldorado Springs

#55 of 143 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 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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  • September 26, 2017
    My family hiked parts of the Fowler Trail and Rattlesnake Gulch Trail. The park is absolutely beautiful. We had a 4 year old on foot and were carrying the baby in a backpack, so we were limited with h...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    Majestic scenery; vertical to near vertical ancient rock cliffs; nice overlook (after 1.7 mile hike) toward the Continental Divide; amazing vistas through the canyon onto the Plains. I bring universit...  more »
  • September 16, 2017
    We followed the recommendations of other travelers and arrived by 10am (on a Saturday) and no trouble parking in one of the few small lots. $8/car to park and be sure to grab a trail map. Walked along...  more »
  • May 23, 2017
    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!
  • June 27, 2017
    The most gorgeous hiking trails I've been to in a long time. Varied difficulty with breathtaking views! Well worth the price of admission. $10/car with discounted walk-in prices.
  • March 22, 2017
    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.
  • July 10, 2017
    Pretty amazing scenery worth the admission if you have the time to hike and take it all in. We hiked up the Eldorado Canyon trail which was Easy/Moderate trail with nice views. We will definitely be back to hike some more!
  • July 8, 2017
    A lovely natural alcove with a wide variety of well protected and scenic classic multi pitch trad climbs that range in difficulty to suit your taste of adventure. Comfortable ranger station and lovely Eldorado spring water also available.

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