Visiting Colorado’s State Parks

Of the many benefits you can enjoy while living in Broomfield, some of the best are free—Colorado is home to some of the nation’s most beautiful landscapes and interesting terrain. Whether you enjoy hiking, picnicking, fishing, or simply strolling along and enjoying lush forests and stunning mountain views, Colorado’s 42 state parks have something amazing in store for you.

Eldorado Canyon State Park

Eldorado Canyon State Park is a popular place for hiking, picnicking, fishing, and rock climbing amidst the area’s stunning sandstone cliffs. This day-use only park has been rated one of SmarterTravel.com’s Ten State Parks You Can’t Miss, thanks to its more than 500 rock climbing routes and 11 easy and moderate hiking trails. Eldorado Canyon State Park also offers a Junior Ranger Program, where young nature-lovers can learn how to protect and preserve Colorado’s natural beauty for generations to come. This state park’s natural beauty is one of its main draws, offering activity-seekers and picnickers alike some of the most picturesque views in Colorado. Because Eldorado Canyon State Park is so popular, the best times to visit are in the early morning, during the week, or during the cooler weather in the fall.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Just to the south and west of Broomfield lies Golden Gate Canyon State Park, which features more than 12,000 acres of natural lands spanning 3,000 feet in elevation. One of the highlights of this state park is the Panorama Point Scenic Overlook, which offers views of the Continental Divide. At the Visitors Center, you’ll find information about the park and the Wilbur and Nellie Larkin Memorial Nature Trail trailhead. Just a few of the activities you can enjoy at Golden Gate Canyon State Park include rock climbing, hiking, fishing and hunting, bicycling, horseback riding, and camping. If you prefer to stay overnight without a tent, the park also offers cabins, yurts, and guest houses open to the public.

Roxborough State Park

Roxborough State Park is one of the most geologically-fascinating areas near Broomfield. This Colorado Natural Area and National Cultural District and National Natural Landmark is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, offering over 3,000 acres of natural terrain. The Fountain Formation, a 300 million-year old eroded sandstone structure, is the most famous geologic feature in the park. Roxborough State Park also contains numerous gulches, creeks, and other drainage systems that feed its grasslands and forest communities. You’re likely to spot some of the region’s native wildlife as you gaze over the rock formations or take a hike on one of the park’s six designated trails. On your way in or out, stop by the Visitors Center to check out the latest exhibits and information or sign up for one of the many events taking place regularly in the park, including moonlight hikes and naturalist-guided golf cart tours.

At RockVue Apartments of Broomfield, we know you love the great outdoors. That’s why our apartment community features a bike repair room, onsite park, regional trail, and sparkling pool and spa! If you’d like more information about our stylish one- and two-bedroom apartments for rent in Broomfield, check us out online, where you can find the latest move-in specials, pricing, and availability.

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