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More than 12,000 acres of dense forest, rocky peaks, and aspen-rimmed meadows laced with miles of trails awaiting the hiker, horseback rider, mountain biker and winter sports enthusiast at Golden Gate State Park. Only 30 miles from Denver, Golden Gate Canyon offers such amenities as a electrical hook-ups and tent-sites in two different campgrounds, stocked fishing ponds, picnic sites and the Panorama Point Scenic Overlook, where visitors can see 100 miles of the Continental Divide. The parks numerous group facilities can host several types of events, from weddings to family reunions and company picnics. Besides camping, overnight guests can also stay at one of the five cabins and two yurts at Golden Gate. In 2008, the park began renting out guest houses, a first for a Colorado State Park. Winter will find visitors cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice fishing and ice skating.

This was an ok hike. Nice little outing to get outside and get moving. Relatively easy. Would recommend for families with little ones.

This is a great hike, definitely challenging. Beautiful area. Barely saw anyone when we did this hike July 24. Will do this hike again!

22 days ago

pretty trail, gorgeous views at the top. we even got to see wild turkey and some mule deer!

23 days ago

Great loop with a few spectacular views. The historic cabin on the lake is a nice pit stop.

24 days ago

Loved this trail! It was rocky most of the trail with beautiful views along the way. Also a nice lower body workout. My dog loved it too.

Mule deer trail. Great ride!

Golden Gate Canyon State Park has multiple hiking trails. Everyday can be a new adventure. I highly recommend Horseshoe to Black Bear. Probably one of the best views you will see anywhere. Not that difficult of a hike. Make sure to buy your day pass at the visiting center. If you happen to be driving along the road heading towards your trail and come across a couple of private residences, keep going...you are not lost. There are some individuals who do own land within the park. There is also hunting up here. I would recommend staying out of the hunting area during hunting season. Or just wear very bright colors. Have fun!!

definitely a bit of a challenge going up. good workout, nice views.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail. We went backwards (clockwise) and I'd recommend doing that so the sun is off you in the second half. We went the extra .5 to Windy Peak and it was definitely worth it. Make sure you pay the 7$ dollars to park or you'll end up paying a 30$ ticket.

1 month ago

Nice trail, but does have road traffic noise. Did this with a four year old going left on the loop. It's doable but we had to carry him on part of the downhill due to incline. Fall foliage was good.

trail running
1 month ago

Awesome vertical gain, beautiful views and a nice challenging trail!

hard but fun

great loop! rocky climb and a shaded river descent. love this trail for running!

trail running
2 months ago

We did a run on this trail yesterday. More people around 11 but it was pretty clear otherwise. Somewhat steep hill up that opens to a beautiful meadow. Lots of leaves already dead and falling. Probably good for colors for just a few more days.