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.

Great hike! It is steep in many spots and has some shade, but was hot already on a morning hike. The view at the top is very nice.

Pretty steep, narrow in parts. Nice view of the Continental Divide at the top. Seeing the remains of the Crags Hotel was very cool!

My daughters, 7 and 10 hiked this trail with me. It was steep, we took lots of breaks and there are some very narrow parts of the trail. The view from the top is beautiful and worth the hike.

Go early in the morning. We started at 8 am, but by the time we were coming out it was starting to get too hot for the dog. There is some shade, but the middle part of the hike is fairly exposed to the sun.

I did this hike in the fall and it was a little foggy and misty which made it that much cooler and eerie. Steep uphill on the way up but much easier on the way down.

This is a great mid trail for a day hike. Take water and a camera.

Loved it but hot in the summer! Partially shaded

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12 days ago

Great, easy trail. We started late around 2:30 and finished before less than 3 hours. We took our time at the start to acclimate to the altitude. Arrived in CO yesterday.

on Fowler Trail

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike! took the loop around Goshawk as well to add intensity to the hike. Not too crowded also for a sunny Saturday morning.

Nice hike that is close to town. Area is busy so go early.

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17 days ago

Loved this trail. Brought our two small dogs and it was very safe for them. We kept them on leash and let them cool off in the stream at the halfway point. Definitely go in the morning. Middle part of trail really exposed but flatter and beginning and end is nice and shaded. Start and end with switchbacks. Beautiful views! We saw Denver’s skyline and the river at the turnaround is really beautiful.

Did this hike early July with my 5 and 7 year old boys. Beautiful views, light traffic early in the day. A bit steep for the youngest but we just took our time.

20 days ago

awesome! beautiful!

A moderate uphill climb with some great views. Top of the trail is closed until mid-July but it was still a fun hike.

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27 days ago

Trail is closed at the top for Golden Eagle nesting until July 15, 2018. Rocky uphill climb. Good views of Continental Divide.

This hike has amazing views, however the loop closed for Eagles and so it is not a loop hike, you hike up and back down the same trail. Get there early or you won’t get parking.

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28 days ago

Great views, decent hike, nice overlook at the continental divide. Not crowded on a Thursday afternoon

Good quick hike with great views and a decent workout!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike to acclimate our flat lander bodies to the higher elevations prior to hitting the higher trailers in the National Park. Great views especially if you go the the river and just beyond.

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1 month ago

gradual climb with very nice views at the top. **the loop is currently closed through mid July for eagle preservation.

This is a moderate hike with amazing views along the way. There’s a great spot to view the Continental Divide at the top.

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1 month ago

6-13-18 great day on the trail. Very well maintained and a good workout! Views were great. Good blend of shade and exposed areas. Bring plenty of water and stay hydrated. I want to go back and do the walkers ranch loop’

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1 month ago

This was a fun and easy trail, we went as far as the small waterfall on the ranch trail making the total trip 7 miles in/out. There was plenty of beautiful scenery and mature tree cover, we were rained on, but if we weren't I think this would have been a very warm summer hile.

Overall: a great way to spend 4 hours with hikers of any skill level. Bring water!

great hike in shade for a hot sunny day.

Great hike and the view was amazing. Starts out with a good incline (both directions since it is a in and out trail) but once past that was easy going. Great for a leisurely walk in the woods. Walker Ranch loop was closed today for a fire precaution but Ranger said should be open tomorrow 6-13-18.

Probably my favorite hike in Colorado if I want to show people. The only hike I don’t mind repeating, since I enjoy a new hike every time. This one has some cool history of the hotel ruins. Views of the continental divide west, views of the plains to the east. Train track/ tunnel which is easily accessible but not suggested as it is considered trespassing. Even some fun easy rocks to climb on up at the top.

Wonderful trail. The overlook view was great. Moderate traffic.

on Fowler Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views within the first half-mile from the trailhead off of Elderado Springs Drive. The trail was super easy and is a great trail to show off to friends and family while they're visiting the Boulder area. It was $8.00 to drive up to the trailhead, and I would suggest arriving early! Within 5 minutes of us arriving at 8:45am all of the parking spots were filled.

We were very happy and impressed with the top part of the trail, but didn't really like the bottom third -- where you're just out on a dirt road away from the mountains.I think we would have been happier if we had started on the lower trailhead

One thing I might suggest to hikers would be to start on the lower trailhead, and hike up to the top trailhead. In my opinion it's more satisfying to see the great views when you get to the top instead of immediately when you get to the trail. The lower trailhead is located here https://www.google.com/maps/place/39°55'54.6"N+105°16'13.5"W/@39.9318325,-105.2711938,18z

1 month ago

Great views of the creek and rock formations!

Unfortunately the loop is closed off due to a habitat preservation initiative, but the partial hike has some good views and the Overlook itself is stunning. Just note it's a moderately steep and rocky ascent. It would've been nice to go around the loop to see a different vantage point, but at least it will reopen in mid-July.

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