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Roxborough State Park is a is a Colorado Natural Area and a National Natural Landmark and is only a brief drive southwest from Denver. With 3,339-acres of plants, animals, and beautiful views of iconic red-rock formations like Fountain Formation, Lyons Formation, and the Dakota Hogback, this park has something for everyone. Keep your eyes peeled for red fox, mule deer, golden eagles, and wildflowers. Park Hours: November - January - 8am – 5pm February - 8am – 6pm March - 8am – 7pm April - May - 7am – 8pm June - July - 7am – 9pm August - 7am – 8pm September - 8am – 7pm October - 8am – 6pm Vistor Center Daily - 9am – 4pm May – September (Sat-Sun) - 9am – 5pm

Started early about 8am. Trail was very muddy in sections but was frozen on the hike up from cold overnight temps, but was starting to thaw on the hike down. By mid-day will be very messy. Several sections of ice but we did not put on our spikes as the sections were not too long or steep. Freeze-thaw conditions in sections, but dirt and clear trails for most of the hike.

This was a beautiful and scenic hike. It was EASY and great to bring kids for a “hike”, more of a walk for adults. This trail reminds me a lot of “Garden of the Gods”. Lots and lots of beautiful rock formations. There were many easy trails to venture out and do as well.

walking
15 days ago

Really pretty park! This trail was super easy and not crowded. Perfect for us with our energetic 3 year old! I loved how the trees hung over the trail ... made it very peaceful.

Fantastic trail for a quick hike that (including travel time to get there and get home) will only take a few hours from Denver metro. Brought our almost 4-year-old and 3-month-old with us and they did very well being carried, though it was a bit long for carrying. Recommend strollers if the very young kids can't make the distance. We went counter-clockwise on the loop, and I thought that was perfect. Walked through the valley first, got to see the overlook second and towards the end of the trail, so it was very rewarding.

Beautiful trails. One of my favorite place in Littleton.

hiking
1 month ago

This was one of my favorite trails. It’s close to town and has a little of everything from, wide open trails, red rock formations, foothill/mountain view’s, full city views, forest covered trail, trees with leaves changing covered trail, small overgrown trail, and a good workout...it has it all. Like others said, don’t be fooled by the strenuous sign it’s accurately a “moderate” trail. Went on a cooler Saturday so didn’t see too many other hikers but suspect it’s much busier on a better weather day. I lucked into a mostly quiet and peaceful hike though. $7 to get into the park or free with your CO parks pass. Plenty of parking and nice to have indoor plumbing bathrooms at the visitor center trailhead. I will definitely be doing this hike again sometime.

Nice quick hike. There was a large amount of bear scat on the trail, so make noise and be safe.

Beautiful views but little no tree coverage for half of the trail so wear a hat and sunblock!

Overall an easy yet very lovely hike. I started from the visitor center trailhead and took a left at the fork for the willow creek trail, and completed the South Rim clockwise, which allows for better views in front of you as you hike back north. Trail is in great condition and fall leaves are starting to turn. Fair amount of bear scat around, so do keep your eyes pealed!

beautiful trail. i came accross a mother dear and her fawn, heard the mice/critters in the bushes most of the way up and even heard elk in the distance at the top. wonderful trail. this park really enforces the leave no trace guidelines and it shows.
also, the signs say it is strenuous, but if you are comfortable with hiking its fine, if you hike often its a breeze. i didn't see any snakes.

trail running
1 month ago

Great little beginner-intermediate trail running or hiking. The views from the top are pretty good for being so close to the city and the red rock formations are really cool too. Definitely a busy-ish trail — I ran into about 20 people on a Monday afternoon. Overall a nice little hike for after work or if you’re trying to stay within an hour of Denver. Note that the park opens at 8am and closes at 7pm. Four stars from me because you have to pay $7 to get into the park.

2 months ago

Fun hike, great view at top.

Breathtaking views, and very well groomed path. Two thumbs up! Definitely recommend this trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Watch out for mountain lions, rattle snakes, and bears. We saw two piles of bear poop. After 1.8 miles the trail get narrow and over grown brushes. Trail was pretty quiet. Saw only 4 hikers. Loose rock wear proper shoes. Trail mostly in full sun. No dogs allowed on trails. Too dangerous with all the rattle snakes

hiking
2 months ago

The view at the summit is just spectacular! Don’t let the strenuous sign steer you away, it’s really not a difficult trail. There is a small section of switchbacks but the straight path toward the end is hardly elevated and serves as a nice stroll through the shade. I had the summit to myself at 9am on a Saturday. Plenty of people were coming up after me though. Overall, this is the perfect trail to get your heart rate up a bit with the reward of a gorgeous 360 view. Climb the rocks and get a good look!

hiking
2 months ago

Despite the elevation gain, this truly is a moderate hike. Stunning panoramic views from the top.

This is always my first hike of the summer. It's easy, with some beautiful views--Perfect for when you want to just relax.

Very beautiful scenery

This is a nice easy hike. I recommend accessing the trail from across the visitor center as there will be a descent with no shade. To access from a further parking lot would have you walking uphill fully exposed to the sun. Great views from the top of the ridge.

This didn't feel like a hike, more like a walk in the park. It would be a great place to bring out of town guests who are not acclimated to the altitude, little kids or people with mobility issues. Somewhat reminiscent of Garden of the Gods without the crowds. There are several other trails accessible from this location that offer a little more challenge. The visitor center was very nice.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a good hike but not a lot of shade. The views were pretty amazing and we saw some deer grazing in the valley. It took about 1hr 15mins.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a wonderful wildflower hike and challenging enough for my two kids, 7 and 10, to prepare them for our longer hikes in the high country. The Fountain Formations all along the Front Range are always amazing. I never get tired of the view! Bring your binoculars. Fall migration is upon us and the birds love Roxborough. Soo much to see and do! Great proximity to home to be able to enjoy in the winter without having to fight traffic up the hill!

Beautiful scenery, very easy, great for kids and visitors. You have to pay the state park fee for Roxborough.

Great views. Nice moderate hike.

hiking
3 months ago

We chose the 3.1 mile trail up to Carpenter Peak. The park lists it as being a strenuous trail. I would say it is more of a moderately difficult trail with a couple of areas being more on the strenuous side. The main drawback is large portions of the trail have no tree coverage, so it can get hot. Also, there is no way to refill water bottles once you leave the visitor's center, so make sure you bring adequate amounts with you.

Once we made it to the Peak, we were met with 360 degrees of amazing views. You can even see downtown Denver out in the distance.

Roxborough was a great place to spend the day out in nature. There is enough challenge to really get a great workout, but the elevation (7160 ft) isn't so punishing for those who are still working up to higher elevations and longer distances.

This trail was so much fun for my whole family. My kids easily did this 2.5 mile loop. There is a lot of history at Roxborough Park. Be sure to check out the little house by Washington Park. Also be sure to do the little Lyon Overlook on the east side of this trail. Great photo op! We will be back. So worth the $7 state park fee for this park. There is also a nice visitor center at the beginning of the trail. If you can watch the short video inside it’s great, 10 minutes max. They have a nice picnic area in front of the visitor center. Also a water bottle refill station in available near the bathrooms.

I took my kids in this hike and while the view at the top was pretty the view the rest of the hike is the same. Also, this is a 3.5 mile uphill hike. Paths are well maintained. Several people told us to take the power line trail to do a circle instead of an out and back. Wow. More uphill and not a lot to see. I recommend that you take the same way down that you took up. The red rocks are pretty but I would not do this again. Our total round trip hike was 9 miles. We did see quite a few deer.

Easy hike pretty views

This was a fun trail! Was a little nervous that it was marked strenuous but it wasn’t too bad at all. We went on a really HOT day so when we weren’t in shade, it was a bit uncomfortable. But other than that; the views were great. Not too crowded either.

short, sweet and scenic

trail running
4 months ago

nice wide trail with good views.

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