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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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  • We took a drive thru the Canyon, very short drive. Just beautiful scenery all around. We happened to catch several groups of climbers, one man was climbing with NO ropes, or helmut. Locals say he prob...  more »
  • 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...  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...  more »
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  • Great place to sight-see, take pictures, bring the family. Very scenic, peaceful. A friend and I braved the winds the day we went and took some nice pictures, met lots of nice people and got our fill of nature's beauty. I loved the color variations on the stoney canyon walls. The trail also contained a pool and horseback riding although we didn't participate in either. Good place to picnic, sites are first come, first served. Parking was good on the day we went.
  • Stunning rock faces and lots of hiking trails at various levels make this a great outing. If you're a climber it's reportedly amazing, we just did a bit of hiking. Elevation is significantly higher than Denver, one of my friends had trouble with the increased altitude so be aware of that. Bring lots of water!
  • This park is absolutely beautiful and well worth the short drive from Boulder. Leisure opportunities are quite endless between fly fishing, picnic-ing, mountain biking, strolling, rock climbing, hiking, and snowshoeing/x-country skiing in the winter (if you bike into the park you will still need to pay the entry fee). The visitors center is a must see during the summer months as I've counted up to 10 hummingbirds feasting upon the feeder just outside a sizeable viewing window. Loads of keepsakes/informational books/postcards are also available for that out of town guest or to make your friends/family jealous that this spectacular place is just in your back yard. The park is open year round though the roads running through the park are often covered with snow and may be slippery. The person manning the entry has on occasion inquired as to the driving capability of the vehicle and or tires when I've entered during inclement winter weather. There are a variety of hiking trails to choose from if that is your activity of choice. A favorite of mine that just takes a quick hour or two is Rattlesnake Gulch trail (it leads up to the ruins of the Crags hotel) with nice views of the continental divide with an option to check out some still functioning train tracks (be careful if you trek up/onto the tracks). There have a been a couple occasions where mountain bikers were ripping down the trail but thankfully that has been a rarity for me. I look forward to returning to take part in another park clean-up, to give another go at catching those fish, or finally setting foot and completing the Eldorado Canyon Trail. As a side note the folks working the gate greatly appreciate if you carry/pay with small bills (the early comers usually pay with $50/$20 and they tend to run out of change).
  • This is a fun park with a nice variety of trails for hiking. Very cool seeing all the climbers on the canyon walls. Pretty freaky drive if you're not accustom to driving mountainsides with no railings, but ehh. Adds to the experience!
  • Beautiful location. Told fishing was good, but most accessible areas were crawling with kids in the water. Some parts of the road are one way. Downhill yields to uphill. Lot of rock climbers to watch. $8 to get in