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Roxborough State Park, Littleton
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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 south rim, 3.4 mile walk took about 1 1/2 hours. It was wonderful. Great views. Moderate to east walk and has to be a top favorite we've done. Be sure to do that one. 
  • Roxborough is a beautiful state park with amazing rock formations. They have ranger guided tours also knowledgeable volunteers that lead tours of fauna and flora. There are hiking trails for every lev...  more »
  • Used to live in Roxborough Park. Fantastic place. Loved walking the trails at the State Park. Beautiful!! 
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  • Absolutely beautiful. There are several trails that range from higher experience and physical condition to less experienced and easier pace. Definitely give yourself 3+ hours to enjoy the wonderful scenery. The visitor center provides all the information on the trails. (They also have restrooms.) Also, make sure to bring cash as there is a $7 per car fee to park.
  • 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.
  • There is not a lot of bad to say about Roxborough. Easily accessible in the foothills, you can get here quickly from anywhere in the metro area. There are paths for all level of hiker, and many places are even good for those with accessibility concerns. And at any of these places, you end up at beautiful vistas you can enjoy. Whether for a single visit or for regular outdoor activity, this is a great place to choose. Just remember to snag your parks pass for the year, so you can support and sustain beautiful areas such as these.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful spot not far from the main grind. Be incredibly careful with your kids! They're not kidding when they warn that rattlesnakes are densely populated here! I've had to turn around and go back the way I came before because snakes wouldn't move off the trail!