Golden Gate Canyon State Park: All of Colorado rolled into one

One of the many lakes to enjoy at The Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Credit: Russ McClung

Hikers, backpackers, campers, RVs, picnickers, they’re all welcome at the Golden Gate Canyon State Park. With breathtaking views of the mountains, rolling meadows, crystal blue lakes, and historical sights, it’s the perfect place to spend the day, the night, or even the weekend.

An exploration of both Colorado’s rich history and colorful landscapes, there is something for the whole family. Day hikers can enjoy trails of all different lengths in all parts of the park. You can go for a quick walk or take up the whole day. Don’t like to hike? Golden Gate Canyon State Park also has areas to have a picnic, watch the sunset, or just enjoy the outdoors.

There are also places for tent and RVs in the park where all you need to do is drive up to the site. Trails close to camping sites allow campers to take quick walks without having to drive somewhere. Both RV and tent camping is available year round but can only be reserved between Memorial Day and the second weekend of October. Campsites are only first-come first-serve the rest of the year. Yurts are available as well.

For backpackers, there is no need to reserve sites. You can head up to the park whenever and can usually get a site to backpack to without reserving it six months in advance much like other parks. No tent? No problem! Golden Gate also offers shelters to backpackers which is a building with three walls and a roof so you don’t have to worry about the tent. Many of the backpacking sites are also close to a water source whether it’s from a stream to a lake which makes your load much lighter if you have a water purifier.

The park offers something for everyone and is a great place to go for views and fun. Colorado has so much to offer and Golden Gate Canyon State Park has a little bit of it all.