Roxborough State Park was one of the first places I visited in Colorado because it was SO close to home. Only a 30-minute drive south — heck, it takes me longer to get to my favorite farmers market!
Visually, it’s very similar to the popular (and well-known) Red Rocks recreational area, but the lesser-known Roxborough State Park is not nearly as crowded. There is $7 entrance fee per car, but it ensures you have access to decent bathrooms and really well-kept trails, so it’s worth it.
The first time I went, I was nearly attacked by a skunk at dusk. Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t a long visit. Especially considering the fact that we were soon after informed of an active mountain lion roaming the area — eek!
But it was all the more reason to get back a second time with more visitors and properly explore.
The hikes are are doable by just about anyone — nothing too long or difficult. It’s great for an easy day spent outside and perfect for adjusting to the altitude.
In addition to being an awesome place to run around, the visitor’s center also boasts a great lineup of guided tours, workshops, and classes for getting to know your local park better. They’ll even set up a naturalist hike by appointment!
We ended up doing the longest trail at the park, the Carpenter Peak trail (6.4 miles RT), which took us to the highest point in the park. We watched the storms roll in over Denver. You could see for miles. It’s a view worth hiking for and absolutely unbelievable that is so close to home.
I can see me house from here!
Where is your favorite place to hike that’s close to home?