Roxborough State Park - Colorado

US National Parks and Monuments Travel Guide:

More than a million Denver-area residents have one of nature’s jewels in their backyard: Roxborough State Park, a short drive southwest of Denver.

Roxborough is a Colorado Natural Area and a National Natural Landmark for good reason. The 3,339-acre park is filled with dramatic red-rock formations, distinct plant communities, and a host of wildlife ranging from black bears to mule deer.

Visitors can take in all of Roxborough’s geological wonders via a series of trails for every level of hiker. The Fountain Valley Overlook is only 100 yards from the Visitor Center and provides spectacular views of several beautiful rock formations, including the Fountain Formation, Lyons Formation, and the Dakota Hogback. Many visitors tote their cameras to capture one of the many beautiful views or animal sightings such as red fox from one of the park’s overlooks.

Preserve Roxborough's Nature

To preserve Roxborough's natural state, no camping, mountain bikes, pets, or horses are permitted in Roxborough State Park.

Fire Mitigation Complete

We have completed the final phase of the mitigation project for 20 acres at the DCR5 Evacuation Route. Gambel Oak was significantly reduced within 25 feet of the road through a mix of mechanical methods and hand cutting.

Waterton Canyon Closure

Denver Water’s Strontia Springs Reservoir contains more than one million cubic yards of sediment — a result of forest fires and subsequent intense rains over the years. As a result, a Denver Water contractor will dredge the reservoir to remove at least 625,000 cubic yards of sediment — enough to fill the football field at Invesco to a height of more than 200 feet. To ensure the safety of those who recreate in the area, Waterton Canyon will be closed to the public for a number of months in 2010 and 2011 while the majority of the work takes place. Waterton Canyon will be closed as follows: Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 until Sunday, Dec. 3, 2010, Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 until Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011

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