Hike the Eldorado Canyon Trail

Eldorado Canyon State Park

You can't go wrong with the trails in this enchanting canyon park. But awesome views and challenging ascents distinguish Eldorado Canyon Trail from the rest. $8 entrance fee for the State Park and only 45 minutes from Denver!

Eldorado Canyon Trail makes for a great day hike, with great views and a steady, challenging uphill – bring lots of water!

For something shorter, try Streamside Trail (1 mile roundtrip), Fowler Trail (1.4 miles), or Rattlesnake Gulch (2.8 miles). Streamside, appropriately, leads you alongside a creek, while Fowler has great views of the canyon. Rattlesnake gains the most elevation of the three, taking you to the Crags Hotel ruins.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Sun protection
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RT Distance 6.3 Miles
Elevation Gain 1875 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Picnic Area
River
Scenic

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Great Views!

I love Eldorado Canyon! Not only is the hiking awesome, but going to sit and watch the climbers is fun and they have great picnic tables for a nice lunch along the South Boulder Creek.

I've hiked and run this trail mostly in the winter and while it's a bit of a drive from Denver it's worth it. Great views and some amount of seclusion versus the trails closer to Boulder and Denver.


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