Eldorado Canyon State Park, Eldorado Springs

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Eldorado Canyon State Park is part of the Colorado State Park system. It is located in Boulder County near the city of Boulder. The park consists of two areas, the Inner Canyon (developed area) and Crescent Meadows (undeveloped area). The park encompasses 885acre with a variety of recreation opportunities available. Eldorado Canyon is home to one of the world's most accessible and comprehensive rock climbing areas. This state park is open during daylight hours only, visitors are expected to leave before dusk. A fee is required for entry, except on Colorado Day (August 1) when all state parks are free.
Ute Indians were the first inhabitants into this area that is nestled against the foothills near Boulder. The Indians lived within the walls of the canyon because they provided protection from the harsh Colorado winters. Settlers soon followed in search of gold and agriculture. Eldorado Canyon is famous for its spectacular geologic history dating back billions of years. Near the park’s entrance at the visitors center, there are rocks calculated to be over 1.5 billion years old.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the community of Eldorado Springs was established and became known as a resort for the elite. The town offered visitors warm artesian springs and lush hotels, including the Crags Hotel, the Eldorado and the Grand View. Numerous celebrities and Denver residents enjoyed the beautiful getaway until a fire burned all these hotels in 1912. Crags Hotel operated from 1908 to 1912.
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  • The drive in alone is worth the price of admission. Once in, the hiking is fantastic, especially if you've got the legs to take the steep grades and altitude. The place is understandably busy.... to.....  more
    The drive in alone is worth the price of admission. Once in, the hiking is fantastic, especially if you've got the legs to take the steep grades and altitude. The place is understandably busy.... to.....  more »
  • We decided to stop by here for a look while on an overnight stay in Boulder on our way to RMNP and were so glad we did. This was actually one of the highlights of our Colorado trip. We arrived around....  more
    We decided to stop by here for a look while on an overnight stay in Boulder on our way to RMNP and were so glad we did. This was actually one of the highlights of our Colorado trip. We arrived around....  more »
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  • That place is awesome..when we first got there ...a big old historic pool being redone. Then drive some more and you have great rock climbing..right after that you park ..trail head right there hiked to the top. On the top there was another trail to the river. Awesome time. Very hard if not in shape. Also need to bring water for the hike. My brother and I made hike there and back. 4 1/2 hour spectacular views
  • The place near to the the Denver and really nice trail. Rock climbers are here to get better views from the top of the rock! Creek passing through the park is really nice place. Picnic area at the visitor center is enough for a happy family! One can pick up favourite food with them and have a nice picnic.

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