Explore the most popular views trails in Roxborough State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Love this entire park!

LOVED the red rock views on this hike. Truly spectacular. I just tried to imagine I didn’t see the giant houses nearby. ;-)

trail running
10 days ago

Awesome trail! Hiked early Sunday morning, hardly any traffic at all. Recommend good hiking shoes, there was a section of the hike where it was muddy so be careful around the edge. Recommend a hat and sunscreen, hardly any shade. Amazing views throughout the hike.

Quick easy trail with great views. Take the Lyons lookout side trail- definitely worth it!

Great hike, great facilities....only bummer is no dogs in this state park!

Great hike. 7$ fee to enter the park

23 days ago

The $7 park fee was definitely worth the price of admission!

I set out on my trek around 10 am and completed the 8 mile loop in just under 2 and 1/2 hours. There were only about 7 or 8 cars in the parking lot when I first began, but the lot was completely full upon my arrival back at the car (it's a small lot, so be sure to get there early).

It was a beautifully sunny day (70 degrees-plus) and I only saw two other hikers on my way up to the summit. There were incredible views of the red rocks on the uphill climb to Carpenter Peak, and I often turned back to gaze upon it's beauty and photograph the contrasting red and orange against the bright blue sky.

It was slightly windy at the top of Carpenter Peak, but I only stayed for a few minutes before continuing my journey to the Powerline Trail, which I followed until reaching the Elk Valley Loop to complete my circular trek. I didn't see a single hiker until I was back on the Carpenter Peak Trail, which added to the tranquility of my solo-hike.

There were many signs stating to be aware of rattlesnakes and mountain lions on the trail, but I saw no indication of dangerous wildlife on my journey. The trail was somewhat muddy/snowy in certain parts, but sturdy hiking boots were more than sufficient to complete the trek.

This is a beautiful spring hike through Roxborough that I will definitely be visiting again!

amazing rocks and beautiful views. lots of wildlife.

The only reason I gave this 4 stars was because there was a wait to get into the park. They do not allow you in if the park is full. You shouldn’t have to worry about this on a weekday. If you’re looking for an easy walk with beautiful views this is a great trail. No dogs allowed. $7.00 to enter the park, but they accept cards (It’s worth it). There is a visitor center with bathrooms and picnic tables. You’re going to follow the fountain valley trail, Lyons overlook will be on the left. It’s a short hike to an amazing view. If you’re looking for something longer you can follow the loop all the back to the parking lot.

on Carpenter Peak Trail

1 month ago

Very nice hike. No ice on the trail today, but a lot of mud (Yaktrax not necessary). Just be aware that there will probably be ~30 minute wait to get into the park--they do one car out, one in. Still definitely recommend, but be sure to plan ahead.

This is a really nice hike. Good length for a quick get away not too far from Denver. Views were beautiful but nothing that will take your breath away. Would be a great trail running trail if you can find a time when there aren’t many people around.

1 month ago

Nice trail; would be even better in the summer.

The trail is clear of ice, but you will hit mud along the way. Great front range trail for something a little different.

This is a busy park with nice facilities ($7 entry fee). However the crowds thinned out substantially once at the trail head for Carpenter Trail. There was a lot of mud and puddles on the way up; most of the ice has melted, I had no need for YakTrax or poles. Encountered a family of seven deer on the way up and back down. Well marked and cared for (no trash, a pleasant surprise). Arrive early to avoid waiting in line to get into the park.

Conditions were excellent today. Muddy in some spots but not much ice except in a couple areas. I had poles but never had to put on my YakTrax. Otherwise trail conditions were very good. I arrived right after the park opened and there were not many people but by the time I left there was a long line of people waiting to get in and no parking. Get there early.

Great views of the Continental Divide, Denver, and the Plains. Moderate grade with only a few sections steep enough to make you want to stop and catch your breath. The trail passes through beautiful stands of forest. No sounds but the wind in the pines. Other than that, an immense silence.

1 month ago

Great, changing perspectives of the unique geology of Roxborough. Distinct hike for the area.

Icy and $7 to enter the park. Other than that good hike

Nice hike with awesome rock formations. Hiker only, no pets. Trail was extremely muddy and wet. Didn’t use traction, but a little slick in spots.

Beautiful view @ peak.

Beautiful winter hike. Sunny, a lot of snow but very little ice. Didn't need spikes.

2 months ago

Nice trail with a spectacular view at Lyons Overlook. Icy as of 1/28 so bring crampons.

We went on a family hike with our 6 year old. She complained on the way there but really enjoyed it once we got onto the trail. We saw several mile deer along the side of the trail. Great views from the Lyons Overlook.

3 months ago

Short and easy hike, great for young kids, nice views.

Good juice for the squeeze here. Great views of the red rocks and down toward Denver. Great overlooks are worth the detour with the one on the trail giving the best view as u are perched above the red rocks. Great spot for a picnic. Suggest doing loop in reverse — go left at the first Fork — that way u can hit the overlook toward the end!

Love our State Park pass so we can visit often. Parking on weekend limited. Several tables by visitor's center where we enjoyed a picnic. Charming homestead on route which has not been open when we are there, but interesting nevertheless. It is so nice to be able to have a relaxing walk without having bikes zoom by, or having to watch for dog poop!

on Fountain Valley Loop Trail

3 months ago

Awesome scenery but very busy on the weekends but if you’re ready for that enjoy the wonderful walk so close to town!

Good hike with nice views. Narrow path with ice at this time of year so wear your yaktraks/spikes.

Beautiful little trail not far from downtown Denver.

Great hike. We turned this into a 10ish mile loop by returning on the Powerline Trail. Carpenter's peak is a nice place to relax and enjoy some lunch.

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