Sandstone cliffs, sheer vertical rock walls ripe for climbing and well-maintained trails that just beg you to put foot to earth are only a few of the wonders you'll encounter at Boulder's Eldorado Canyon State Park.
Eldorado Canyon — Photo courtesy of Anne Kotleba
Climbers from all over the world flock to Eldo and get on some of the sweetest, most difficult and challenging climbs known to man or beast. As the majority of the climbing is "trad," only seasoned climbers are equipped to tackle the challenges of Eldo, but that shouldn't stop beginners from coming out and taking a look just the same.
Rock On! — Photo courtesy of Anne Kotleba
Not into climbing up rock faces and dangling from ropes hundreds of feet in the air? Fair enough. If you're still up for a challenge, Eldo offers some scenic and difficult hikes throughout the canyon. For a hike that will get your heart pumping and test your fitness with over 1,000 ft of steep elevation gain, try the Eldorado Canyon Trail. If you'd prefer to take it easy, let us suggest the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail or the Fowler Trail.
A fisherman's paradise, through Eldorado trickles South Boulder Creek. This sometimes ambling, other times raging water source is perfect for fly fishing. Be sure to visit Eldorado's website for any bait or weight restrictions, as well as fishing tips.
Be sure to plan your trip to Eldo soon and know that, in any season, there's something in the canyon for everyone.