Eldorado Canyon is a hidden treasure right in Boulders backyard! Whether its 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. Eldorado Canyon State Park selected as one of Ten State Parks You Can't Miss by SmarterTravel.com Eldorado Canyon offers over five hundred technical rock climbing routes luring climbers from around the world to challenge their skills on Eldos golden cliffs. The beauty of this canyon engages all who visit. Hike or mountain bike our picturesque trails that vary from easy to difficult and connect with Boulder's trail systems. Enjoy a picnic by, or fish in, scenic South Boulder Creek. In the winter, Eldorado Canyon offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The quiet beauty of the park can be experienced best in the cooler months, and during summer weekdays. Please avoid the summer weekend crowds! Eldorado Canyon almost always reaches vehicle capacity on weekends and holidays from May through September, i.e. after filling the Park, vehicles are only admitted when space becomes available.

1 day ago

Well maintained trails. Great views right after the recent snow fall. Only saw 2 other people

awesome views, can be quite icy and slick. bring traction.

Made this trail for the first time this morning. It was a bit chilly (15 degrees) with a light snow...was scenic. There was some moderate ice on the trail in places. I didn't need my Yaktrax Pros on the uphill climb, but they worked well on the return going downhill. Looks like you need to use the correct Yaktrax...seems mine were the correct ones.

Just went up 2/4. Was 20 degrees and cloudy. Trail was great despite limited visibility for distance. Peaceful and quiet. Get our earlier to beat the crowd. First ones on Trailhead at 9am on cloudy and snowy day. Currently lots of icy parts throughout hike . We used yaktrax’s “Snowtrax” which worked well going up hill but little treacherous on the downhill. Recommend something on the level of Diamond Trax or slightly higher grade ice grips. Bring hiking sticks

19 days ago

This is a bit of a steep hike. There wasn't much snow so we used micro-spikes and they were super helpful in the shady, icy patches. The views were heavenly; I felt like I was on top of the world! My dog was with us and she had a blast, too. There was hardly anyone on the trail except some crazy runners in shorts and T-shirts! Loved it!

23 days ago

Beautiful hike! Very snowy, wear yak tracks.

Beautiful hike through Eldorado Canyon yesterday. There is an $8 parking fee when you enter the park. The lot right next to the trail head is small and fills up quickly. No worries, the parking lot at the visitor center just a few hundred yards up the road has ample space. There are additional lots along the way to the visitor center that may have spaces as well. The trail begins wide and open. This is the only section that I would consider wheelchair friendly, so I'm not sure what this trail is labeled as such above. At the junction with Fowler trail, Rattlesnake bends to the right and begins and steady and unyielding climb. It's nothing too steep, no crazy switchbacks, just enough to get a healthy heart rate going! You will pass the ruins of the Craig hotel on the right. There isn't much left here but it's still worth a quick gander. It is also at this point that the loop begins. You can choose either way and you will end up back at the Craig hotel. Along the loop there is an offshoot for a viewing point of the continental divide. You must check this out. Great spot to sit (there are a couple of benches provided) and enjoy a snack and a well-deserved breather. There is also another social trail offshoot that heads up to the ridge line. Not sure how the park service feels about these social trails, but it's a short detour to some rocky outcrops that provide some more nice views. When we went there were some periodic icy patches but the trail was in great condition. No spikes required, just some cautious footing along the ice patches. Of course, the snowstorm today likely makes that trail report all but moot! The whole journey took us about 2.5 hours, including breaks

Beautiful views. No micro spikes needed today. Note the $8 entry fee for cars or $3 walk-in fee as this is located in Eldorado Canyon State Park.

Went today and it was absolutely gorgeous! Trail was almost completely in the sun which made it very enjoyable. Used crampons per the visitors centers recommendation and glad we did- we probably would have been fine but felt more comfortable with them. Highly recommend this trail.

Steady incline the whole way up. There’s a trail to a railroad track and tunnel at the top. Incredible views at the lookouts.

Beautiful views! Nice incline to get the blood pumping. Pretty popular on a breezy winter day. Trail is in good shape

Fantastic hike with a good, gradual climb (about 1100-1200) to the ridge then the continental divide overlook. Trail is easy to follow and is mostly clear. One or two small ice patches. Biggest one is near start of trail.

See the train track up high? That’s where u are climbing too!

Ruins of old hotel neat to see. View from divide was amazing. Views down canyon toward Boulder are really great. Great winter hike.

Great, short hike!

1 month ago

Loved this hike! Got a workout in hiking to the top. Beautiful outlooks over the canyon throughout the hike.

Great workout and beautiful views. The most challenging part is in the beginning which I liked because it’s good to get over with. My little dog loved it. Would do again

1 month ago

Trail was in great shape, no ice so made for a great January hike. There is good elevation gain in the beginning, trail starts off with switchbacks. We took the dogs, good trail for them, no steep climbing. I think moderate is appropriate for this trail. Even though there is quite a bit of elevation gain in the beginning it is switchbacks where you can take fairly even paces.

Awesome view throughout the entire hike. Very moderate gradient the entire hike makes it a great introductory hike for those who are just getting their feet wet. Amazing 360 degree view from the top!! On the shorter side which makes it ideal if you are short on time.

Great hike on a 50+ degree January day. Took the dog and saw some beautiful views. Lots of inclines but totally worth it

Lots of nice views, a few slushy/icy spots but managed fine with just hiking boots

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