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Eldorado Canyon State Park

One of the most popular rock climbing destinations in the United States is also known for its hiking, fishing and cross-country skiing opportunities.

Thrill to a day full of adventure at Eldorado Canyon State Park and explore nearly 1,500 acres (600 hectares) of forests, plains, cliffs and a creek. The most popular activity here is rock climbing, and there are more than 500 climbing routes.

Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned climber, you will find a route tailored to your ability. Challenge your skills on cliffs that reach heights of 700 feet (215 meters) or just enjoy the sight of experienced climbers in action.

Travel through the wilderness on foot or by bicycle along its numerous trails. Follow the old wagon road up the south wall of the canyon on the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail. Go to the west end of the valley for the Eldorado Canyon Trail that winds its way up nearly 1,000 feet (305 meters) to a high ridge. The views from here are well worth the strenuous hike. For a gentle walk with great vistas, take the Fowler Trail. The first section is wheelchair accessible, and along the route you’ll see a number of wildlife interpretive signs. Most of the trails are open to mountain bikes and several routes connect to Boulder’s trail system.

Eldorado Canyon State Park is known for its excellent fly fishing conditions. Pick up your rod and see what you can catch in the creek. You can also go rafting or kayaking along many sections of the waterway.

When the snow falls, go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing along some of the trails. The park is not at a high enough elevation to receive sustained periods of heavy snowfall, so the Eldorado Canyon Trail can be hiked all year round.

You can visit Eldorado Canyon State Park during daylight hours only. There is no camping within the grounds and you are expected to leave before dusk. Expect to pay a small entry fee. On-site metered parking spaces are available, but they fill up quickly, so it’s best to arrive early in the morning.

The park is located just 10 miles (16 kilometers) outside of Boulder. In half an hour you can go from abseiling a cliff face to drinking coffee in a downtown cafe.

Popular Activities at Eldorado Canyon State Park

Make the most of your time spent at Eldorado Canyon State Park. Here is a list of some of the best activities:

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Beautiful and Spacious Home in Eldorado Springs
Reviewed on Oct 11, 2018
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Beautiful and Spacious Home in Eldorado Springs

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    We were able to enjoy the outdoorsy scenery, both outside and from inside. Every possible amenity was available. Your taste in decor was a treat! All the little bits of art, the linens, the tiles and faucets, etc. were so delightfully chosen! We loved being there and hope to return one day. Moeller ...

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    Specials April-may Stunning Mountain Views, 3+ Acres, Near Boulder/golden/eldora

    Golden, Colorado
       
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      Rex is a great host! He immediately replied with information about the area and driving directions. This was the easiest vacation I’ve ever booked and the best rental home we have ever stayed in. I always look at the latest reviews and any photos before booking. The reviews were spot on and the photos ...

      Magnificent 5 Bedroom Mountain Getaway
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      Magnificent 5 Bedroom Mountain Getaway

      Magnificent 5 Bedroom Mountain Getaway

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        South Boulder 2 BR Apartment

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          4.6 of 5
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          We enjoyed our stay! Good beds, slept great. Wonderful shower! Alicia makes it like home.

          5 Bedroom Home in South Boulder; Great Views; Access to Hiking Trails
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          5 Bedroom Home in South Boulder; Great Views; Access to Hiking Trails

          5 Bedroom Home in South Boulder; Great Views; Access to Hiking Trails

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            Our stay at Devil's Thumb-Rolling Hill was really nice. The house was nice, a great location, an incredible view!

            3 Bedroom Home in South Boulder; Great Views and Access to Trails
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            3 Bedroom Home in South Boulder; Great Views and Access to Trails

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            Boulder, Colorado
               
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              We rented this property for two families of three. The layout of the house was perfect for having separate space with privacy for everyone but plenty of shared space for activities and meals. The backyard was perfect and the salt water hot tub upstairs was great after hiking. The house was close ...

              Newly Remodeled, Family Friendly Mountain View Home With Hot Tub
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              Newly Remodeled, Family Friendly Mountain View Home With Hot Tub

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              Boulder, Colorado
                 
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                This house has nice open spaces with views of the mountains. The house is set up well for a family with children. It is very well equipped and appointed. Dan was a great host and made sure everything went smoothly. The location was very convenient to access all that Boulder has to offer. I will stay ...

                Millennium Harvest House Boulder $89
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                Millennium Harvest House Boulder

                Millennium Harvest House Boulder

                1345 28th St, Boulder, CO
                   
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