The Friends of Roxborough State Park
Founded in 1993 at the Bemis Library by a group of volunteers working to protect the Park's eastern boundary from residential development. With hard work and the support of Colorado State Parks, Douglas County Open Space and the Conservation Fund, the Southdowns development on the eastern border of the Park was acquired on May 31, 1996. This effort was recognized by GOCO, The Denver Business Journal and The Governors Smart Growth Award. Instead of condos and houses, chattering prairie dogs, blue birds, mule dear, black bear, short grass prairie, and an abundance of wild flowers now can be found in Southdowns.
The Friends subsequently participated in other Park acquisitions including the individual building lots bordering the Park in the South Stonehenge area and, in order to protect the southern border of the Park, the Friends participated with Douglas County Open Space in the acquisition of the Nelson Ranch, which was completed on November 12, 2002. The Friends have raised over $450,000.00 for land purchases since 1993 to protect this very special Park. At its inception in 1985, the Park consisted of approximately 500 acres and now has over 3,300 acres!
To support nature education and stewardship of Roxborough State Park and to protect its boundaries.
A non-profit 501(c)3 organization comprised of all volunteers with no over-head costs. The activities of the Friends are directed by a 6-member Board (i.e., President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Data, and Retail).
$20 per year (family or individual)
Membership lists are private. Members receive the Rambles, a quarterly program guides with Friends' updates. Click here for membership application.
Annual Photo Contest and Interpretive Calendar – The 2014 Friends of Roxborough State Park Interpretive Calendars are now available in the Visitor Center for just $10. They feature the best photographs from the most recent contest, the first annual contest open to both volunteers and visitors. Submissions for the next contest will be accepted March 1 through April 30. Guidelines for the 2015 contest are now available. for your review (see links to the right of this page).
Barbara Fritts Scholorship Fund – Transportation funds for income disadvantage schools whick allow kids to come to Roxborough for naturalist guided educational experiences. Click on "Natures Classroom" to the left and follow the link for more infomation.
Moonlight and Sunrise Hikes – Reservations required, call 303 973-3959. There is a minimum donation of $7.50 per person. Click here for schedule
Summer Concerts – Concerts are free through out the summer. The hat is passed around for donations. Click here for schedule Rox Ride for all Park visitors, especially those with mobility issues – Reservations required, call 303 973-3959.
Snacks & Water sold in the Visitor Center
Recent Projects Completed
Purchased the 60-acre in-holding on Willow Creek. (Click here for map) This is a beautiful property! It is the backdrop to the historic Waterhouse Homestead, which will be on the agenda for restoration after this acquisition is completed. Come see the property – it has a waterfall as well as remains of the original farmhouse, loafing shed, hand dug well and barn foundation.
Please help us protect Roxborough State Park by joining the Friends and making a tax deductible land donation. Click here for membership application/donation form, stop by the Visitor Center or call 303 973-3959.
Friends of Roxborough
2015 Photo Contest