Eldorado Canyon State Park

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Last weekend we woke up to sunshine and 80 degree weather so we packed a bag and headed north toward Boulder. About 8 miles outside of Boulder we reached our destination: Eldorado Canyon. The town here is extremely small and tucked away but on the other side is an amazing canyon full of hiking trails and rock climbing opportunities.

We made it to the park early, around 11 am, and after a short hike along Boulder Creek we decided to head to the longer hikes further in the canyon. When we got back to the main road, rangers were already turning vehicles away because parking was full. It is best to get there early. If you decide to take a picnic, head all the way in to the visitor center. There you will find several picnic areas along the stream.

From there you can walk to any of the trail heads in the park.

From the website:

Eldorado Canyon is a hidden treasure right in Boulder’s backyard! Whether it’s hiking amidst the towering sandstone cliffs, picnicking along scenic South Boulder Creek or climbing Eldo's sheer golden walls, Eldorado Canyon State Park truly has something for everyone! Discover this hidden jewel and take home memories that will last a lifetime.


The weather was beautiful and it brought in lots of rock climbers that day. Everywhere you looked there were tiny dots scaling the high rock walls. The climbing is apparently amazing here. According to their website, there are over 500 technical rock climbing routes in the park. There is obviously something for everyone, whether you want to mountain bike, hike, climb, or relax by the stream.

We had an amazing time and will definitely be going back. Entrance was only $7 per vehicle but the cost is seasonal so check the website before going.
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