Explore Eldorado Canyon
Resting in Boulder County and only a 20-40 minute drive from Denver sits Eldorado Canyon State Park, which is one of the more scenic sites in the Front Range. If you are in need of something quick and do not have the time for a longer drive, Eldorado has been one of my favorite picnic spots near Denver since I was a little nino. Almost resembling a miniature Black or Poudre Canyon, Eldorado offers world-class rock climbing, hiking galore, amazing views, and plenty of places to chill along the Boulder Creek. Get lost and Explore Eldorado Canyon.
Chill But Crowded
Though it has greatly grown in popularity over the years drawing heavy crowds on the weekends, Eldorado Canyon should be on your list of places to explore. Whether you want to knock out a quick hike, rock climb with the best, fish the Boulder Creek, or simply chill in a Colorado gem, Eldorado Canyon will deliver. Simply make sure to plan your visit around the high traffic hours of the weekend.
Scroll down for tips and insider info to help plan your visit.
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- Come as early as possible, and if possible the weekdays. It has grown in popularity and draws more crowds on the weekends.
- They allow cars in, but when they are at capacity, it becomes one car in one car out. This happens usually around 10am-1pm on the weekends.
- If you do not need to park inside Eldorado Canyon, you can just walk up to the Ranger station and purchase a day ticket.
- there are 4 main hiking trails. My favorite Colorado hiking resource breaks it down. Check out "Day Hikes Near Denver's" full break down here.
- If Eldorado is too crowded and you still want to have a picnic, you can drive back down CO-170 about a half mile and take a left at South Mesa Trail.
- I love going here for a Brunch Picnic and stopping at Lisa Anne's Country Cupboard for some sweet rolls.
Hiking Guide: Day Hikes Near Denver
Rock Climbing Guide: Mountain Project
Best Bakery In Town For A Picnic: Lisa Anne's Country Cupboard
- Quick day trip from anywhere near the Boulder and Denver range.
- Great rock climbing, hiking, chilling, photography, and fishing.
- If you are lucky and find them, you can catch a hummingbird migration. I have only found this once.