Eldorado Canyon State Park- Colorado
Colorado has 42 State Parks, which attract over 11 million visitors each year. These parks range in size and attractions. Some of the parks are located in the Colorado plains, while others are located in the Rocky Mountains. Many of the parks offer boating and fishing opportunities, while other parks offer hiking, biking and horse back riding. Eldorado Canyon State Park is located along the front range between Denver and the city of Boulder. Eldorado Canyon is located in a narrow canyon surrounded by towering cliffs and has a peaceful stream running through. One of Eldorado Canyon State Park's main attractions is rock climbing, lets take a look at what Eldorado Canyon has to offer.
Eldorado Canyon State Park
Eldorado Canyon State Park Activities
Due to the steep nature of the cliffs surrounding Eldorado Canyon State Park, the access to the park is very limited. There is one main road into the park and the park is day use only. That means that there is no camping in the park. If you want to spend the night you will need to look for other locations outside the park.
Rock Climbing is arguably the most popular activity at Eldorado Canyon. There are over 500 technical climbing routes at the park. If you are headed to the park to climb make sure you check out a local climbing store and get a climbing guide for Eldorado Canyon. There are many routes from relatively easy to difficult, multi-pitch, traditional routes. Drilling is not allowed at the park, so make sure you bring a full selection of traditional gear. Nuts, hexes and cams are some of the most popular choices.
If you want to enjoy the canyon in a less technical manner, there are three trails that will take you up into the canyon. The three trails range from easy to moderate to difficult. Pick the trails that suits your ability and enjoy the view. Mountain biking and horseback riding are also available on parts of the trails.
There are 33 picnic tables that line the creek and provide opportunities to set down, eat your lunch and enjoy the views and the sounds of the creek bubbling next to you. While you are near the stream you can try your hand and at fishing it. South Boulder Creek is an excellent location to try your hand at fly fishing.
Whether you want to climb the cliffs of the canyon, or simply enjoy them from below, Eldorado Canyon State Park offers beautiful views and wonderful opportunities to enjoy the front range of the Rocky Mountains. If you haven't been to Eldorado Canyon, make sure you check it out.
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