Eldorado Canyon is one of Colorado’s many state parks. It is known for its hiking trails, rock climbing opportunities and picnic areas along South Boulder Creek. For $8 you can purchase a day pass that will give you access to over 500 rock climbing routes, and 11 miles of hiking trails.
From the main parking lot it is a mile walk to the Eldorado Canyon trailhead and the visitors center. The walk follows Boulder Creek and offers beautiful views of the canyon!
I spent the day hiking along the Eldorado Canyon trail. It’s 3.5 miles one-way with 1,000 feet in elevation gain. The first mile is steep stairs and switchbacks, but then next two miles have more gradual hills that wrap around the mountain. There are beautiful wildflowers and clearings on the side of the mountains.
Much of the trail is easy to navigate, however there are areas of large boulders you have to scramble across to continue on the trail. It made for a fun day of hiking! Eldorado Canyon is a gorgeous state park, and has been listen in the top 10 in the country by SmarterTravel.com. After visiting, I have to agree.
Just 45 minutes outside of Denver, this is an easy day trip. My advice is to visit during the week, and to arrive early in the morning. Often the parking lots will fill up by 10 o’clock on the weekends, and then cars will only be permitted as people begin to leave. Avoid the crowds and the heat by arriving early and on a weekday. Happy hiking!