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Roxborough State Park, Littleton

Categories: Geologic Formations, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.6/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
Roxborough State Park is a state park of Colorado, United States, known for dramatic red sandstone formations. Located in Douglas County 20mi south of Denver, Colorado, the 3339acre park was established in 1975. In 1980 it was recognized as a National Natural Landmark.GeographyRoxborough State Park, a 3339acre Colorado State Park, is known for dramatic red sandstone formations. Located in Douglas County 25mi south of Denver, Colorado. In 1980 it was recognized as a National Natural Landmark because of the number of ecological systems and geological formations. It is also a State Historic Site and National Cultural District because of the number of archaeological sites.GeologyRoxborough State Park is a designated Colorado Natural Area and National Natural Landmark for its 300-million-year-old red sandstone Fountain Formation that tilt at a 60 degree angle. The park includes great examples of exposed Precambrian to Late Mesozoic hogback, monolithic and spire formations from the Permian, Pennsylvanian and Cretaceous age. Carpenter Peak's exposed granite is from Precambrian era.
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  • The rock formations are amazing but kinda dissapointed... we rode our motorcycle out here and it is a dirt road going into the park. So, you really can't just drive through the park like I had hoped. ...  read more »
  • This is a fascinating park , weird geological outcrops of rock , safe paths , didn't see any snakes Take some water wth you ! 
  • I guess I should have read up on the state park we chose. I was expecting more of a driving opportunity. It's only a couple miles long and then you have to park and get out and hike. We just walked th...  read more »
  • A gem of Colorado in any season. Incredible scenery, few people, occasional small concerts and educational walks or other events. View three different ecological zones on the same, shortish trail. Pleasant staff in the visitor center.
  • When Spring comes to the Denver, this park become wet and tender. I mean the bushes and grass display their tender green to company with the fresh red color rocks. The may flower color and the mating bird's song make the park so lively. The best of all this park is quiet and you can enjoy the sound of nature.
  • Roxborough State Park is a fantastic destination for hiking. Please remember that it is an enclosed and protected ecosystem though. Don't down rate it just because you can't bring your dog, get trashed or camp. Take it for what it is, pristine trails and rock formations that are entirely unique to it's location. Also be aware that there are bears, cougars and other large predators that inhabit this park. Always be aware of your surroundings and respectful of the parks' year round furry residents. The terrain can be rough, slippery and depending on what time of year, somewhat treacherous. Make sure you wear proper footwear and attire. I would also like to mention that the wind can be quite over powering. To the point it can startle you at it's fierceness if you are coming from an area such as Littleton, Lakewood or Denver. Heck I work literally right next door and have at times felt that I could be knocked over by the sheer force if not aware that, that was a possibility. Overall this is a fantastic destination if you are just wanting to explore new and excited locals. It's clean, challenging and epically beautiful!
  • I love the trails at this park! The views are amazing and it's so peaceful. They have great activities for all ages.
  • Definitely a highlight of our trip. Beautiful scenery and a nice variety of trails. We even saw several mule deer! Great spot for a hike near town.
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