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Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Golden
(4.6/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a Colorado State Park located in Gilpin and Jefferson counties northwest of Golden, Colorado. The 11998acre Front Range park established in 1960 has 36mi of hiking trails. Horse and bicycle travel is allowed on 22mi. Facilities include a visitors center, over 100 campsites and over 100 picnic sites.Wetland and riparian plant communities are found along Ralston, Nott and Deer creeks and small ponds within the park. Ponderosa pine, Rocky Mountain juniper, Douglas fir and aspen are found in forested areas. Commonly seen wildlife includes mule deer, elk, black bear, mountain lion, Abert's squirrel and pine squirrel. Common birds include turkey vulture, Steller's jay, Clark's nutcracker, mountain bluebird and mountain chickadee.
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  • We had a good walk on clear and clean trails. The visitor center is worth popping in to for a walk through and has good ablution facilities. Not much wildlife to be seen but lovely scenery. 
  • Nice trails with good views. Relatively close to Golden but parking at trail head can fill up quickly in summer. 
  • There are so many beautiful areas to see here. Hikes for every ability and age. We hiked up to a beautiful lake then did another hike that had lots of rocks. We packed a lunch and sat on a giant rock ...  more »
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  • I used to camp here a LOT growing up. It is now permit only, meaning you'll have to stop by Jefferson County Parks and Rec offices in Golden. White Ranch offers many scenic views of Denver and the mountains. Equestrian trails are available for your horse lovers. Hiking trials are wide and well kept so grandma can come too. Camping is hike-in only and is roughly one mile to the nearest sites. Restrooms and firewood are all available. Be respectful and pick up your trash, bears do exist.
  • Unfortunately my experience was mostly driving. The trails looked well maintained and so tempting. I was visiting with others that were unable to navigate the terrain by foot. The drive was splendid. The services for the park were well above the average I have experienced in my lifetime. My unfortunate timing had me at the best overlook at the same time as some extremely wealthy people hosting a private wedding party. They had a hired bus and hands deliver a table and coolers and intimidated others to not use the balcony overlook. I thought this was shameful. YOUR MONEY SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO EXCLUDE PEOPLE... BUT IT DOES AND ALWAYS WILL, I SUPPOSE. They were cordial but the experience was unsettling that even in a national park some of the people I bring to encourage towards the arts can be intimidated by wealth and feel excluded in this world we share.
  • Beautiful state park with nice tent camping spots and good facilities. We have camped here 3 years now when we are in CO and have enjoyed the variety of trails and views. We have even found a few spots that are not on a marked trail that offer beautiful sights and very quiet. The people at the check in are always very nice and polite and this year we had a bit of an issue with the map showing 1 thing but our site not being where we thought based on the it. They were very accomodating in helping us trade camp sites so that we could be where we wanted to. We will be camping here for years to come!!!
  • Amazing campground. Very well maintained, lots of trees. However there is an extensive canopy. Don't expect much sunshine.
  • Beautiful park ruined by horrible employees who harass paying visitors like they are trespassers in their own public park. Also, they've at other times claimed at the entrance gate that the campground is full only to find dozens of empty available campsites. I'd be nice if they did their job and sold available sites before claiming its full and closing up for the day. Gorgeous but unfortunately we've hired and empowered people to actively ruin our super happy fun time. If I wanted to pay and empower public servants to treat visitors poorly, I'd move to California. #pcpolice #funpolice