Eldorado Canyon State Park is located ten minutes south of Boulder, Colorado in an area where golden cliffs rise seven hundred feet on either side of the picturesque South Boulder Creek. The park is popular with climbers, but there are easy hiking trails and picnic areas for those looking for a less strenuous way to spend the day. There is an $8 fee per car to enter the park. Dogs are welcome on Eldorado Canyon State Park trails.
CLIMBING AT ELDORADO CANYON STATE PARK
It’s pretty obvious when you arrive at the park that climbing is very popular. I saw about twenty people scaling different cliffs and many more walking along the road with climbing gear. There are over 500 marked technical climbing routes at Eldorado Canyon State Park that attract climbers from all over the world. Climbing info is available at The Mountain Project website.
There are several hiking trails at Eldorado Canyon State Park of varying degrees of difficulty.
Fowler Trail – I hiked this easy trail last weekend. It’s only about a mile each way and pretty flat. It offers some great views of the South Boulder Creek and canyon below. Pick up a park brochure to follow the numbered, self-guided walk along the trail with interpretive signs. Fixed binoculars are located about half way up the path that can be used to spot climbers. This trail connects to the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail and also the City of Boulder Open Space.
Rattlesnake Gulch Trail – Moderate difficulty – 3.6 miles total
Eldorado Canyon Trail – Moderate – 3.5 miles one-way
Streamside Trail – Easy – 0.5 miles one-way
Check out the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Eldorado Canyon State Park website for more information.