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Eldorado Canyon, Boulder

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Eldorado Canyon State Park is part of the Colorado State Park system. It is located in Boulder County near the city of Boulder. The park consists of two areas, the Inner Canyon (developed area) and Crescent Meadows (undeveloped area). The park encompasses 885acre with a variety of recreation opportunities available. Eldorado Canyon is home to one of the world's most accessible and comprehensive rock climbing areas. This state park is open during daylight hours only, visitors are expected to leave before dusk. A fee is required for entry, except on Colorado Day (August 1) when all state parks are free.HistoryUte Indians were the first inhabitants into this area that is nestled against the foothills near Boulder. The Indians lived within the walls of the canyon because they provided protection from the harsh Colorado winters. Settlers soon followed in search of gold and agriculture. Eldorado Canyon is famous for its spectacular geologic history dating back billions of years. Near the park’s entrance at the visitors center, there are rocks calculated to be over 1.5 billion years old.At the beginning of the twentieth century, the community of Eldorado Springs was established and became known as a resort for the elite. The town offered visitors warm artesian springs and lush hotels, including the Crags Hotel, the Eldorado and the Grand View. Numerous celebrities and Denver residents enjoyed the beautiful getaway until a fire burned all these hotels in 1912. Crags Hotel operated from 1908 to 1912.
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  • The falls fill this roadside park with splendor. Take a hike up and around so that you can take photos from every vantage point. The rock climbers are entertaining in their own right. We enjoyed a pic...  more »
  • It is a good place to live, if you're new a two-hour ski class costs $80 per person including equipment, Nordic skiing we attended excellent, the best Ken was very patient with me, the area was flat or little pronounced. They are also very attentive in Eldora, the difference is that they are then lowered; for being the first time I chose the Nordic. There is a truck that takes you from the Center to Eldora (rutaN). They will not regret
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  • We went to Eldorado just after a snow storm. I read that Fowler Trail was fairly easy and it was. At some points it was very icy and we had to be careful because there are no railings to keep you from...  more »
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