State Park Highlight: Golden Gate Canyon

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If you’re looking to get lost somewhere in Colorado this summer, Golden Gate Canyon State Park is the place to do it. 12,000 acres of mountain, forest, meadows, and trails will keep you entertained for days. Eco News Network knows exactly what you shouldn’t miss while you’re visiting.

For Photographers: Panorama Point Scenic Overlook will provide one of the most breathtaking views in all of Colorado and give you that shot that will get you the most “likes” on Facebook. At this point you can see up to 100 miles of the great Continental Divide. Photographers should also keep their lenses peeled for the magnificent wildlife that calls Golden Gate Canyon home: moose, fox, bobcats, black bear, elk, and more.

For Hikers: There are 12 gorgeous trails that are easily accessible from the main road. Each trail is named after an animal you may see in the park and tells you the exact mileage and difficulty to expect so you can pick the trail for you. Hikers should be wary of common afternoon storms when planning their hikes.

For Campers: This isn’t the place to go if you want to “rough it,” but it’s perfect for campers just starting out who need some extra amenities. Each of the two campgrounds located in Golden Gate Canyon have flush toilets, showers, ice machines, laundry facilities, and a dump station. And if that kind of camping still scares you, this is the only state park in Colorado that rents out cabins (five in total).

For Fisherman: Kriley, Slough, Dude’s Fishing Hole, Forgotten Valley, and Ranch Ponds are all available for fishing. This time of year is best for rainbow and brown trout. This may not be the best place to go if you’re looking for a little peace and quiet, it’s quite a popular location.

For Kids: Educational programs are held in the Golden Gate Canyon amphitheater every weekend during the summer. Classes range from beginning archery to being “bear aware.”

Golden Gate Canyon State Park is one of the most gorgeous parks in Colorado, and with its close proximity to Denver, it is a family favorite for the locals.

-Malissa Stark

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