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Roxborough State Park, Littleton

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Geologic Formation State Park
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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  • This is a gorgeous pocket park that is easy to get to, especially if you live in the south Denver Metro area. It doesn't look like much from the main entrance but after you drive the mile-long dirt ro...  more »
  • been a couple times for a nice hike. easy trails. beautiful scenery and easy to get there. no bikes or pets. lots of wildlife to see. has a nice learning center and gift shop too. very interesting to ...  more »
  • There are several miles of hiking trails in this park, and a good visitor center. On weekends, the park literally fills up and they don't let new cars in until other ones leave. $7 for a carful.  more »
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  • What a beautiful way to spend my last day in Colorado!! We'd stayed the night before in Colorado Springs and drove up to the Denver Airport. This was the perfect place to stop on the way! Although the google maps tried to take us the to golf club, the man at the gate let us turn around and pointed us in the right direction. You pay $7 for a sticker to put in your car window so you can park for the day. Be careful! This sticker REALLY sticks and didn't want to come off in one piece. After paying for our parking, we looked at a map with someone working the desk. We told him that we wanted to do a hike that would take about 2 hours. And since we'd never visited before, we wanted the trail to be one of the prettier/more interesting ones. He suggested a couple options, but definitely recommended the Fountain Trail. It was just what we were looking for! It was mostly flat and very open - the trail was wide and mostly covered with gravel. And the views were beautiful! We passed others on the trail, but it wasn't crowded by any means.
  • Beautiful views! You can't find this scenery any where else. Family friendly. Easy trail to take a jeep or 3 wheel stroller. Friendly staff as well. Small gift shop with lots of fun items too. Probably one of my favorite places in Colorado to visit. Wildlife views are breathtaking!
  • Wonderful park and hiking spot. Although it can get a bit crowded and they have limited parking so get their early on the weekends. South Rim is an easier trail with fantastic views. For a more difficult trail I recommend the Carpenter Peak trail.
  • Amazing place not too far from the Denver Tech Center and South Denver. Me and a buddy tried the South Loop and we're very impressed with the area. The park did do a 1 car in 1 car out thing so we had to wait 20 minutes to get in. I do think that is better than the whole place being swarmed with people.
  • I love that this park is close to town. Carpenter's peak is a nice little hike, the red rocks are beautiful. They would do well to pave the long section of road that's dirt, and sometimes I find this park a little more barren than I'd like (say compared to Golden Gate, for instance). But that's what you get when you're not in the mountains.