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 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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  • Grab yourself a National Park Pass to cut the price of the entry fee. Eldorado Canyon is an amazing place with plenty of trails(always check for closures in the area, Golden Eagles are nesting) some may be blocked off due to this. Regardless there are plenty of rocks to climb, trails to hike, and boulders to traverse over the creek. One of my favorite place to take my friends who are visiting town from out of state. Your excitement can barely be contained within the canyon walls. Have fun and enjoy Mother at her finest.
  • Winter is the best time! Ample parking and snow was just beautiful! The trails were just perfect for our Husky boys! Wind and cold lovers here is your chance to enjoy a Colorado must see destination. Park rangers so hospitable and informative! Our Huskies loved the week day afternoon here!
  • A really amazing slice of natural history and beauty. There are great trails for hiking or running also this is an excellent place for climbing. It can get busy in the weekend so arive early to get a parking spot. once you are out of the canyon and on the trails there are fewer people.
  • Great little day trip from Denver and an easy enough hike for kids. I took a 7, 6, and 4 year old up the switchbacks and they did just fine. They liked running around the hotel ruins and even up to the continental divide lookout. They also liked watching the rock climbers through the installed viewing scopes!
  • First things first - this park is massive. It's got multiple entrances and trailheads, and is suited for just about anything. I frequent this park mostly for the climbing. It's spectacular. Traditional, sport, bouldering, you name it. It's got it all! There are also multiple trails that seem well suited for mountain biking (though I've never been). Rolling terrain, smooth and flowy single track. I would highly recommend this park to anyone who is looking to get outside.
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