My Back Yard – Roxborough State Park

Whenever someone asks where I live and I tell them Roxborough, it seems that almost everyone has never heard of it before. It amazes me how many people don’t know of this treasure of a town, and the State park it’s named after.  Everyone should visit Roxborough State Park at some point, it is one of the most amazing places in Colorado.

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Roxborough State Park is a 4000-acre park with beautiful wildflowers in the spring, towering red-rock formations, and a large variety of wildlife. I almost always see mule deer when I visit. I haven’t seen any bears yet but they are around, and sometimes wander into town and into people’s back yards. 

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The park is a little over 20 miles south of Denver, and hosts a variety of trails for all levels of hiking experience.  There is the Fountain Valley Overlook trail that is only a quick half mile and is an easy trail to take in beautiful vistas of the red-rock formations.  The Fountain Valley Trail is the most popular trail at the park.  This 2.3 mile trail is also a nice easy trail, which loops around, taking you through meadows and even right along the base of some red-rock towers.  The Lyons Overlook Trail, south Rim Trail and Willow Creek Trail (my favorite) are three mid-level trails that take you through riparian habitats, wildflowers, through scrub oak, and up to beautiful views of the entire area.  The final trail, Carpenter Peak is a 6.4 mile trail that’s moderate difficulty that has some steep terrain, but takes you to the highest point in the park and has the most spectacular views in all directions.

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In addition to trails, the park has a wonderful visitor’s center that hosts many events, a book store, many interpretive displays and an auditorium.

I highly recommend a trip town to Roxborough State Park, spend a few hours with friends and family in this very unique place that you can’t find anywhere else, I promise you’ll love it!

 To see more photos and read more about Roxborough, click here!

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