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Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Golden

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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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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  • The park is absolutely beautiful. You have many options of hikes to try and all are varied for length and skill level. We did the Racoon/Mule Deer trail and part of the Coyote trail. It was really an ...  read more »
  • This was our first visit to the park and we thought it was well worth the time to visit. The visitors center was really nothing to see but the park itself was beautiful. 
  • This was our first time visiting Golden Gate Canyon and we were not disappointed. This is a beautiful park with lots of excellent hiking trails for all abilities. The fall colors on the aspen trees we...  read more »
  • 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!!!
  • Trails are all difficult with sometimes not so great markings. No bear boxes in bear territory at camp sites. Bathrooms meh. Gorgeous land and we saw a Moose! Pretty and some of the camp sites are really rather close to one another, and there is a pretty decent visitor center with really nice staff.
  • Beautiful preserve, and less crowded than many spots in the Denver area or along I-70. The drive down Mountain Base Camp Road into Golden is stunning, with a nice variety of walking/hiking trails and picnic areas along the way. Equally beautiful is the view of Denver/Arvada at night peeking through the mountains along Gap Rd. I live nearby so I haven't camped there, but did stop to check out the top-notch facilities available in the RV camping area near Panorama Point.
  • Beautiful setting and very large campsites. The camp store was extremely small and only sold souvenirs and firewood. No ice!! There is only 1 shower facility for the entire camp. The dump station was very nice. Poor signage to the campground.
  • The parking lot for Horseshoe trail is past the visitor center on the left, there are bathroom facilities right in the parking lot but make sure you get a parking pass from the visitor center or one of the kiosks throughout the park. Cell phone coverage is spotty at best out there, we had zero signal in the parking lot. Horseshoe trail is a little over 3.5 miles round trip and it starts off by following the river, then some switchbacks and opening up to an aspen meadow. Once you get to the end of Horseshoe trail, you can walk a short way on Mule Deer trail to get to Frazer Meadow with a cabin from the 1800s. The trail is very well marked and a pretty easy hike, it is also dog friendly but only on-leash. Enjoy!
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