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Stunning Scenery

El Dorado Canyon State Park is a complete gem and a local favorite. It has a couple of different... read more

Reviewed September 22, 2018
Sidra B
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Boulder, Colorado
Beautiful scenery and fun to watch climbers

Thankfully we went on a Friday morning because this park gets packed. We walked 2 short trails and... read more

Reviewed September 1, 2018
itinerary_queen_pa
,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed September 22, 2018

El Dorado Canyon State Park is a complete gem and a local favorite. It has a couple of different moderate hikes with gorgeous scenery. I especially like Rattlesnake Gulch Trail, as you get a wonderful viewpoint of the Continental Divide, and also can visit the remains of an old burned down hotel. This canyon is rock-climbing heaven, and you will enjoy watching climbers pepper the cliffs of this beautiful place. I highly recommend a visit and many returns!

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Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

Thankfully we went on a Friday morning because this park gets packed. We walked 2 short trails and thoroughly enjoyed the gorgeous scenery and watching the climbers climb. The visitor center provides a real bathroom and friendly advice.

1  Thank itinerary_queen_pa
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Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

Great trail, great views, pet friendly, locals spot. A little off the beaten path but has access to main road. Many other trails close by. Restrooms available. Paid parking suggested otherwise your walking a far way to get there. Parking I believe was $5 or $10 - you can also see people climbing the mountains here.

Thank christina1101
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Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

Hiked Eldorado to the old hotel ruins. Impressive rock climbers line the canyon. I heard the parking lot fills quickly on weekends, so we arrived before 9am. We did make the mistake of parking at the base of the park unsure what the parking situation would be. Driving to the back will bring you closer to the trailheads and a visitor center.

Thank CarolynK1018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

It's a ways out of the beaten path and you have to go through a rough patch of road but it is worth it. Keep in mind that the hike starts downhill which means...once you get to where you are going it will be a climb back up to the car. Beautiful views, the rocks are fantastic. The weather cooperated and we did not see any snakes (happily). A great place to visit...watch out for mountain bikes!

Thank T575M4serra
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Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

What a wonderful place to visit. We started in the Visitors Centre & were given all the information we needed to see the places of interest. Outside we watched the Humming birds feed for a while. The hikes are great and the views were just beautiful. It’s such a family oriented park & it was cool to see little ones learning to rock climb!
It’s also pretty close to Boulder & there’s a really great selection of restaurants there.

1  Thank CocoDublin
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Reviewed June 28, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I hiked approximately 6 miles through the canyon on Fowler Trail and then a couple other trails. It was beautiful, safe, challenging and we followed with a picnic by stream near the Visitors Center. Judy the volunteer in the center was helpful. We really enjoyed ourselves.

Thank David M
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Reviewed June 27, 2018

We did the Fowler Trail and part of the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail with our two daughters (six and three). The former was quite easy and offered beautiful vistas of the Canyon. The latter was a bit too difficult for them, and after about 45 minutes we decided to go back (and not a moment too soon, given the heavy rain that caught us when we were just about to enter the car). If we had more time and better weather, we would have visited other parts of the park as well. It's too bad that the visitor center is closed due to insufficient funds because we could have really used some advice regarding which trails to choose -- especially as there was no cellular reception in the park. In any event, Eldorado Canyon State Park is a very recommended day trip from Boulder.

Thank Jonathan G
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Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful state parks I’ve ever been to. Every view is big and grand, with cliffs coming up on all sides of you. Looks like an amazing place to rock climb and there are a variety of trails to choose from.

Next time I am in Boulder I will definitely dedicate more time to this park.

1  Thank AOKayla
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Reviewed June 16, 2018 via mobile

We are hiking beginners so chose the Fowler trail. Easy and mostly flat yet gorgeous views of the canyons. Also ask a ranger about the unmapped creek trail mainly for climbers. Just stunning! Must see if you’re in Denver or Boulder.

Thank Naimi S
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