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.

Steep rise front the start, and fair to say it's moderate. Beautiful views along the way, the divide had wonderful views.

hiking
10 days ago

It was a rewarding hike. Beautiful and well as serine. We went on a December day, not to warm. The trail offers beautiful views of distant valleys and rock formations. We could see over 50 miles of mountains and forests. It was quiet and breathe taking.

hiking
10 days ago

Went on a Saturday around lunchtime and the park was PACKED. With so many people and dogs and with the trail being on the easier side, this hike turned more into a social event. Met a bunch of new people; stopped to let my dog play with other dogs. It was a fun afternoon for me, but it might be a little too social for others just wanting to take in the views. Speaking of the views.... just stunning. Probably one of the coolest sights to see are the stops along the trail where you can gaze across the canyon and watch the rock climbers.

Trails are in excellent condition, but it definitely wasn't the most scenic hike.

hiking
13 days ago

It was a beautiful 60-degree day on a Saturday, so it was pretty busy - both to find parking and on the trail. The views are GORGEOUS, and the hike is pretty easy (good for hiking novices with a low-energy dog). There were fewer people on the second part of the trail, once Boulder Co land turns into Boulder City land, but the trail also narrows significantly there (single file versus room for 3 wide along the canyon). We went 2.5 mi of the 4 mi loop and it took us about an hour and 45 mins. Just be warned - there is an $8 park entry fee for cars and $3 park entry for walk-ins in Eldorado Canyon State Park.

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