Fountain Valley Loop Trail

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Fountain Valley Loop Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Littleton, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
324 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

No Dogs and no Bikes allowed. There is a $7 entrance fee to access the park. Most wheelchairs can ride the Fountain Valley Trail with little or no difficulty during good weather conditions. Trail is not paved. Comments: The Fountain Valley Trail is a 2.3 mile loop that winds through the Fountain and Lyons rock formations with a moderate change in elevation. This self-guided hike takes you through some of the most magnificent land in the park. The trail winds through several different habitats for plants and animals, including mule deer, fox and a variety of birds. You may see a golden eagle soaring over the hogback hunting small mammals, snakes or birds. At the top of the loop are buildings built by Henry S. Persse at the turn of the century. Persse used Roxborough as a summer home and hoped to develop the land into a resort. Hiking time is approximately one and one-half to two hours.

19 minutes ago

Boring

hiking
7 days ago

Wonderful park and a great trail. The Fountain Valley Trail has some great scenery and is easy for all ages. Some parts of the trail have trees that may provide a bit a shade in the morning or afternoon, but a lot of the trail has no cover, so be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen in the summer. We went in late afternoon and some clouds rolled in and cooled things off. Around sunset was absolutely wonderful, both in terms of the view and cool weather. There are four or five picnic tables near the visitors center and we used those, but they are pretty small and could fill up fast during peak time. We went on a Saturday afternoon (around 4:30 or 5:00) and the park was pretty quiet and not many other hikers. Highly recommend Roxborough State Park and the Fountain Valley Trail is a great place to get started.

hiking
18 days ago

Easy trail- pretty flat and well maintained. Very little hills but just a good way to get outside

hiking
18 days ago

Not too strenuous for 60+ crowd. Wide path, but no going off the path. A little exercise, and gorgeous greenery in May. Beautiful vistas and rock formations. The birds were chirping. Persse home was not open, but you can peek in the window. Hiked 9-11am on a Tuesday. 10 cars there at 9am, Upper Lot full at 11. The Lyons Overlook is worth it and right off the Loop, but gains elevation quickly. Will be back.

20 days ago

Beautiful views. I've taken my 2 and 5 yr old here. Plenty to keep them entertained and moving. I did pack my 2 yr old on my back. stroller friendly path.

1 month ago

Easy, wide, well kept. Busy on the trail, lots of families, all ages present.

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoyed the trail. Hardly any wait if you get there before ten, but when we left around 11 there was a massive line and I know there weren't parking spots for them all.

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

Sunny weekend day so there was a line of cars waiting at 10am when I left. Pretty scenery, trail was dry and easy enough for others to push a stroller. On the easy side of moderate for a hike for sure.

hiking
1 month ago

There is usually a wait to get into the park which the park rangers on busy days with a $7 entrance fee, but its a small price to pay for the amount of awesomeness you get in this park. It's basically like the Garden of the Gods but WAY LESS crowded and more "peacefulness" compared to the excessive touristy-ness of the GoGs. If I had a choice I'd choose this park over GoGs any day especially since there are so many amazing trails with spectacular views of the Red Rock formations everywhere!

1 month ago

Nice trail. Well kept. Decent amount of traffic. Beware of delays getting into the park on busy days.

2 months ago

Love this entire park!

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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!

5 months ago

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!

hiking
5 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!

5 months ago

Beautiful little trail not far from downtown Denver.

walking
6 months ago

Nice, easy and wide packed dirt/gravel trail. No overhead shade, but the elevation change is minimal (slight downhill on way out and uphill on return). The overlooks are worth the (very short) departures from the main trails. Saw a herd of a dozen mule deer. We picked up the free trail guide from the visitor center which provided some interesting insight corresponding to about 16 numbered trail markers.
We arrived about 11:15am and waited about 20 minutes to enter the park. (They were regulating, as there is limited parking within the park; so each car only entered if a car was leaving.)

hiking
6 months ago

Easy trail. Nice scenery. Plenty of wildlife especially deer.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike close to home. Mellow Loop, you can add on the view points for some slight incline. $7 park entrance fee. Fall seems like the perfect time to go, way too hot in the summer.
Saw 10-15 deer on the way out as well

walking
8 months ago

beautiful short trail. Not alot of elevation change on the main trail. Definitely worth the side hikes to the overlooks! Supports all terrain strollers (not the overlooks) but come early there is limited parking and access. Fee to acess.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful views! Easy hike that's sort of stroller friendly. More for a nice stroll with great views than a work out. There are two view points that are not to be missed (second view point is gorgeous though prob not the most stroller friendly, I was glad I had my baby carrier with me). Not too much shade so bring water and perhaps avoid doing the trail in midday sun on a hot day. It wasn't too crowded when we were there but we were there on a weekday. We got the last parking spot at 11am so I imagine weekends are hard to find parking. There was poison ivy all over so keep an eye out. Such a pretty hike though! Definitely recommend.

hiking
8 months ago

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!

9 months 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

hiking
10 months ago

Part of Roxborough SP. short trail. See map pic and do other trails there!

hiking
10 months ago

Great views of the rock formations, but there's no shade. This trail is a bit on the boring side.

hiking
10 months ago

$7 Entrance fee to enter park. We often take out of state family who don't hike often on this trail because it is easy, but still offers some neat rock formations. They loved it! Saw some wildlife! The family was happy.

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