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"Roxborough State Park" Denver Off The Beaten Path Tip by goingsolo

Denver Off The Beaten Path: 47 reviews and 52 photos

  Roxborough State Park
by goingsolo

More than 1.2 billion years of geologic time are represented by the spectacular red-rock formations found within Roxborough State Park. Ecologically, the park is highly diverse as a result of its location in a transition zone between the plains and the mountains. The area's geological structure has resulted in microclimates that have produced seven distinct plant communities in a unique mixture of prairie and mountain species. As a result, Roxborough is home to abundant wildlife, including black bear, mountain lion and elk.
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, raccoons and coyote. 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. The Willow Creek trail, which is known for its abundance of wildflowers, is a gentle 1.5 mile loop.
Explore the southern end of the park on a moderately-difficult three-mile trail, the South Rim Loop. The trail to Carpenter Peak is a 6.5 mile round-trip hike of moderate-to-steep terrain. Its summit is the highest point in the park and provides a spectacular view in all directions.

othercontact: $3-7 vehicle fee

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  • Written Mar 13, 2003
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