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“Picturesque” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Ranked #7 of 56 things to do in Golden
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Owner description: This area is particularly good for snowshoers.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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81 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

The weather was cold and windy when we visited the park while on a drive around Colorado to see fall colors .. however, it was absolutely beautiful.
The welcome center is full of things to explore and the fish pond was a hit with my kids. We drove around the perimeter on Mountain Base Road and stumbled upon one of the most beautiful overlooks we've found so far.

Visited October 2013
3 Thank Jamie K
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Denver, Colorado
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“A beautiful and accessible park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

Lots of miles of hiking trails, both easy and intermediate. A nice visitor center that features both nature and history. And not far from a very fun town in Golden, which features four craft breweries and several good restaurants.

Visited August 2013
Thank Ed S
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Rochester, Minnesota
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“Very nice campground.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

We were in G.G.C.S.P just a week ago. We were greeted by a volunteer at the Reverend's Ridge Visitor Center who was very knowledgeable about the area; what to see, where to go, the best times to go there, etc. We drove 1 day to Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park. This is quite a tiresome drive as you are going along mountain roads, so may not be the best place to use as a base to the National park. The campground was only 1/4-1/3 full during the week. Weekends get very full. There are nice hiking trails-challenging for those of us who don't live at those elevations! Spacious sites, tent pads, bathroom/shower/dish-washing/laundry building. Showers are $1.00, in quarters, for 4 min.

Visited September 2013
3 Thank pmhb1
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

This 4.5 mile hike is a good workout if done clockwise, but you want to go early in the day during the summer before it gets too warm. I highly recommend a hiking stick for the steep sections. It's one of those uphill both ways kinds of trails, but goes through a variety of eco zones. There is an optional 1.4 mile round trip side trail to Windy Peak.

Visited September 2013
Thank hulanaturediva
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Denver, Colorado
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“Wonderful park with lots to do”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2013

We've never camped at this state park, but we've been here dozens of times hiking and really love it. The hiking is all challenging, there really aren't any easy trails, I would rate most moderate to difficult for your average hiker. The fall is the prettiest time of year; the park is full of aspens and turns gold in September and October; Frasier Meadow is the classic fall hike, but you'll have trouble parking at the trailhead on a weekend.

We usually take our dog here in summer, because a lot of parks don't have water for our dog to cool off; Golden Gate Canyon has plenty, in addition to fishing ponds and rivers, the three best places with water to take your dog are: campgrounds near the rock quarry, the Forgotten Valley, and Dudes Fishing Hole. There are hikes to backcountry shelters where you can sit and have lunch. The trails go through beautiful remote forests, and you may not see anyone else for hours if you're there on a weekday.

The main visitor center has an awesome pond with big fish, for a quarter you can buy food and watch them all come for a treat. And we don't fish but it seems really popular, there are a number of stocked ponds. A nice drive through the park will take you through picnic areas, check with the ranger station to see if there's a fire ban (if not, there are grills if you like that kind of thing).

Visited August 2013
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