Trails at Eldorado Canyon State Park
Elevate your outdoor experience at Eldorado Canyon State Park, where the canyon meets the sky! For the best view of the lichen covered canyon walls, walk the easy (wheelchair accessible) Fowler Trail. Continue your journey by foot or mountain bike on the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail and explore the ruins of an old hotel that burned down during an era when Eldorado Springs was known as the "Coney Island of the West." From the ruins, travel to the Continental Divide Overlook and take in the spectacular views. For a more challenging adventure, hike up the Eldorado Canyon Trail and exercise in the peace and beauty of nature.
View the Eldorado Area Map and Brochure.View the Eldorado Canyon Climbing Routes Map.
Trails are open to a variety of non-motorized uses. Expect to see mountain bikes, horses and hikers at any time.
Check the trailheads for segregated-use information. Please respect other trail users as they may not be aware of your presence. Visitors from lower elevations should allow for more time to reach their destinations due to the effects of altitude.
Eldorado Canyon TrailPermitted: pedestrians and horsesMiles paved: 0 Miles non-paved: 3.5Total distance: 3.5 one-wayUsage: ModerateDegree of difficulty: Moderate/DifficultBeginning Elevation: 6,000ADA accessible: NoPets: Yes, and on six foot leash under control at all timesComments: It gains over 1,000 feet in elevation and intersects the Walker Ranch Loop for a potential 14 mile moderate/difficult lollipop-loop hike (Eldorado Canyon Trail-3.5 miles, Walker Ranch Loop-7 miles, back to the Inner Canyon on Eldorado Canyon Trail-3.5 miles). You can also access our Crescent Meadows property via the Eldorado Canyon Trail.
Rattlesnake Gulch TrailPermitted: pedestrians and mountain bikesMiles paved: 0Miles non-paved: 3.6 Total distance: 3.6Usage: Moderate/HighDegree of difficulty: ModerateBeginning Elevation: 6,000ADA accessible: NoPets: Yes, on leash and under control at all times (no horses)Comments: A moderately difficult trail leading 1.4 miles (one way) past spectacular views of the canyon and eastern plains to the remains of historic Crags hotel, 600 feet above the trailhead. Built in 1908, the hotel was accessed via an inclined railway from the canyon floor until it burned down in 1913. The trail continues as a .8 mile loop as it travels to a view of the Continental Divide and the railroad tracks, 1,200 feet above the trailhead. The trail is 1.4 miles to the ruins and another .8 mile for the loop, making the total roundtrip distance about 3.6 miles.
Fowler TrailPermitted: pedestrians, wheelchairs, strollers Miles paved: 0Miles non-paved: 0.90Total distance: 0.90 one wayUsage: Moderate/HighDegree of difficulty: Easy Elevation: 6,000wheelchair / stroller accessible: YesPets: Yes, on leash and under control at all times (no horses)Comments: This easy trail provides a great place to watch rock climbers or simply enjoy dramatic views of the canyon. The trail is .9 miles (one way) to the park boundary. The first .7 miles of the Fowler Trail also offers a self-guided nature walk brochure with corresponding signage as well as educational signs and fixed binoculars to view the climbers.
Streamside TrailPermitted: pedestriansMiles paved: 0Miles non-paved: 0.5Total distance: 0.5 one wayUsage: HighDegree of difficulty: EasyBeginning Elevation: 5,800ADA accessible: YesPets: Yes, on leash and under control at all times (no horses)Comments: An easy half-mile hike (one way) along South Boulder Creek. The first 300 feet of the trail are wheelchair accessible.
Crescent MeadowsPermitted: pedestrians, mountain bikes, horsesMiles paved: 0Miles non-paved: 2.5Total distance: 2.5 one wayUsage: ModerateDegree of difficulty: Easy/Moderate Beginning Elevation: 7,500ADA accessible: NoPets: Yes, on leash and under control at all timesComments: Great view of mountains to the west, open mountain meadow dropping down to South Boulder Creek. Interconnects with Boulder County Parks and Open Space’s Walker Ranch Loop Trail for a potential 7 mile loop hike (moderate/difficult).