South Rim and Willow Creek Loop Trail

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Roxborough State Park

South Rim and Willow Creek Loop Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Littleton, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 465 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

Fee

No dogs

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A gentle hike with spectacular red rock views Roxborough State Park is a true natural gem, conveniently located in Southwest Denver. The park is one of the best places near Denver to encounter wildlife. The highlight of this hike will be the dramatic views of the red rock formations angling skyward. This trail offers some of the best views in the park, and is less crowded than the fountain valley trail. This is a state park so you will need to purchase a day pass for $8, or an annual pass for around $80. In order to protect the wildlife and the natural state of the park there are some restrictions here.Restrictions - Pets are not permitted in the park. - Visitors must remain on park trails. - Trails are closed to horses and bicycles. - Rock climbing is prohibited. - The park is open to day use only

Roxburough State Park http://www.parks.state.co.us/parks/roxborough/Pages/RoxboroughStatePark.aspx

Bring plenty of water and sunscreen this hike has little shade. This hike is best early morning on a weekday. You will have the scenery all to yourself. Be aware of poison ivy and rattle snakes, as both make their home here. Don't forget your camera the geology and wildlife in the park provide great photo opportunities.

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Janelle Veres
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Angie Bartolino
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Amazing as always

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Melissa Howard
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Arrive early or expect a wait to enter the park (pay to enter.) I did the South Rim Loop. The hike up to the top of the rim is an incline and takes some work, but the beautiful scenery is a great incentive to continue. When you crest the rim and look down into the valley it is jaw-droppingly beautiful. On the return side of the loop you can see out over Denver. Trail was not too busy on a weekend (I entered around 10 and didn't have to wait more than 15 minutes to enter.) many flowers and butterflies and lots of benches to sit and have a nice break. If you want a good family hike that's not too difficult for younger kids, or if you need a less intense trail, that is still some good exercise, try this one!

Hilary Anderson
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This was a fun little trail. It was perfect for two kids (3 and 7) on a hot sunny day. We hiked the Willow Creek loop portion of the trail. There were lots of beautiful wildflowers along the way!

Tom Catanzano
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Trevor Dubois
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Amazing trail! Definitely coming back!

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Yoselin Corrales
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Nice hike and you get to see some awesome rock formations, very hot - wish I’d gone earlier. But overall very beautiful!

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Tim Staudenmaier
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Great trail - well maintained, mostly open to the sun, but plenty of shade spots. The park is doing a good job of managing the number of people in the park at one time for social distancing.

Lauren DeCarvalho
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Very quiet trail with beautiful views all around.

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Willy Boatman
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Super easy, low key and beautiful. Close to the city but feels extremely isolated. Awesome, different terrain than you normally see on hikes

Michael Wake
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Waited around 15 minutes to get into the park around noon on a Saturday, but once in - the trails were quiet and the views are fantastic.

Caroline Norris
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Great trail! Pleasant hike with great views

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Quinn Ritzdorf
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Gorgeous hike with beautiful views and pretty flowers and butterflies. Trail was a little narrow but not too difficult. (8.3/10)

Kim -- Exploring The Great Outdoors
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Great sunset hike this evening. Always pleasant and peaceful! We saw a group of mule deer grazing very close to the trail ... lots of wildflowers and we loved the cactus flowers everywhere. Enjoy your hike!

Jamo Kapinos
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Really beautiful hike! Super beautiful area, reminds me of a mini garden of the gods

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Mary Beck
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Allie Christians
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Stunning views the entire way. Started around 4pm and the trail was mostly empty. Saw a bear around 5pm in the valley so stay alert! Will definitely be doing this one again.

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Abbey Liechty
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Great views with many wildflowers and butterflies. A lot of it is not shaded, so bring a sunhat! Path is pretty narrow a lot of the way, so passing people is nearly impossible without taking a step off the path. Overall and enjoyable hike

Kate Bell
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Hike with amazing views. We didn’t realize the views we’d get until we kept going higher and higher and higher. Should have looked up the trail more to know but it was worth it.

Michael O'Connell
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Just a spectacular park. Enjoyed the Willow Creek part, but the South Rim is a revelation - mud and all.

Austin Smith
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Fun little hike with the kids tonight. great views, easy trail, and close to home. What's not to like?

Colin Suzuki
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Megan Daiger
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Very nice trail with beautiful views. Not much shade, but there are some strategically placed benches along the way where you can rest in the minimal shade. Quite a few people out on a weekday at 2pm so social distancing wasn’t too easy on narrow parts of the trail. I wouldn’t say is was “crowded” on a normal day if we weren’t supposed to be distancing though.

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Corey Flick
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The trail was amazing flowers just starting to come up everywhere. Very quiet with spectacular views of the front range as far as the eye could see. Very Nice! #thegratefulhikers

Ashley Bahr
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Aaron Makinen
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Rachel Downey
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Jenny Zichterman
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This is a nice quickie hike close to home. I did it clockwise from the lower parking lot. Super muddy, then icy, then snowy, then muddy between 9-11 this morning. I suspect it melted into a big sloppy mess later in the day.

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