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More than a million Denver-area residents have one of natures jewels in their backyard: Roxborough State Park, a short drive southwest of Denver. Roxborough is a Colorado Natural Area and a National Natural Landmark for good reason. The 3,339-acre park is filled with dramatic red-rock formations, distinct plant communities, and a host of wildlife ranging from black bears to mule deer. Visitors can take in all of Roxboroughs geological wonders via a series of trails for every level of hiker. The Fountain Valley Overlook is only 100 yards from the Visitor Center and provides spectacular views of several beautiful rock formations, including the Fountain Formation, Lyons Formation, and the Dakota Hogback. Many visitors tote their cameras to capture one of the many beautiful views or animal sightings such as red fox from one of the parks overlooks.

21 hours ago

Gorgeous hike. Amazing views of rocks.

Extremely easy hike, very doable for all ages. I only gave this a 4 star rating because I like my hikes to be a bit more challenging. Beautiful views of the red rocks!

Carpenter Peak Trail is an easy, 6.2 mile hike that gives you views of Pike National Forest & Roxborough Park. If you're going to Roxborough State Park to view the red rocks, I don't recommended this trail, simply because the view at the peak isn't as spectacular as the view from Fountain Valley trail.

Nice little hike up to an overlook that definitely delivers on the views. Watch out for snakes on this one though.

Great trail with a gradual small climb. Gorgeous views of the red rocks. Absolutely loved this hike. We combined this trail with the Fountain Valley loop and it was perfect.

Nice easy loop with great views of the rock formations up close. Combined this trail with the South Rim Loop and it made for a great afternoon of hiking. Love this park!

2 days ago

5 days ago

Nice views with easily accessible lookout points off the main trail. Occasional shady areas and benches if you need a break but a pretty easy/flat trail. 7$ entrance fee or 70$ annual unlimited parking pass

Easy hike to the overlook. Combine it with the longer attached trail around the overlook makes for a nice easy to moderate hike. Not a ton of shade on the longer path but enough. Pretty red rocks for half of the hike.

Great view at the top buy very narrow path at times.

13 days ago

Beautiful views. Not difficult. Lots of people on Labor Day a Monday Go early or later in the day The sky was very hazy due to the west forest fires and ozone levels

Almost 3 miles. Took about 1 hr 45 mins with lots of stops to take photos. Decent amount of shade was a surprise. Still, lots of sun exposure. We started on the trail near the visitors center. Was told this was a little easier as the incline to the top is stretched out more. You can also enter the trail from the parking lot closer to the entrance. I think the view of the ridge is probably more enjoyable coming down then going up.