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Cascading canyon walls, lush pine forests, winding trails ... Eldorado Canyon State Park has much to offer in the way of natural beauty. Its 885 acres provide opportunities to rock climb, kayak, horseback ride and bird-watch, not to mention sightsee. Just don't forget your camera – recent visitors can't help but rave about the views.
If you're looking for a place to hike, travelers say that the $8 vehicle fee is worth the access to Eldorado Canyon's extensive network of trails. The moderately difficult Rattlesnake Gulch Trail is a favorite, winding 3.6 miles (round trip) along the canyon to the ruins of the 20th-century Crags Hotel. Hikers are also afforded striking views of the Continental Divide from this trail.
Sitting about 20 minutes south of Boulder, Eldorado Canyon State Park is best reached by car. However, take extra precaution when driving through the park as roads are narrow and winding; it's also a good idea to get directions before setting out since recent visitors agree that a lack of signage can make finding Eldorado rather difficult. Eldorado Canyon State Park is open every day from sunrise to sunset. You'll find the park visitor center sitting about a mile west of the park entrance. For more information, check out the park's website.