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Visitors to Golden Gate Canyon seek solace in the purifying nature of the Rocky Mountains. Back in the day, however, this serene park used to be a focal point of industry in Colorado. Brave entrepreneurs arrived in search of gold in the mid-1800s, and fresh creeks supplied illegal distilleries during prohibition.

The 12 hiking and biking trails in the park intersect often and cover more than 35 miles, allowing you to create a personalized itinerary as you travel through aspen forests, wildflowers, grasslands and dense coniferous forests. Other standout features along the trail system are remnants of early settlement homesteads and 360-degree views of Colorado’s alpine peaks.

Panorama Point Scenic Overlook is one of the most sought-after vistas at the park. Accessible by car or on foot, this popular attraction has views Continental Divide that span 100 miles. A map at the overlook helps identify landmark peaks such as Mt. Evans and Longs Peak. A favorite way to reach Panorama is Mule Deer Trail; a moderate hiking and biking trail that leads through wildflower fields, aspen groves and sweeping hillsides — don’t forget your camera for this picture-perfect scene.   

Magic Moment in Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Away from city lights, Golden Gate Canyon State Park brings stargazing to a new level. Stay the night in one of the park’s yurts, cabins or fully equipped campsites and secluded backcountry spots. Camping is one of the best ways to experience all the wonders of Colorado’s second-largest state park. 

Extend Your Trip

Historic Downtown Golden, Central City Opera, Indian Springs Resort, Mount Evans Scenic & Historic Byway, Gaming in Colorado: Lady Luck Lives in Cripple Creek, Central City & Black Hawk

Nearby Towns

Idaho Springs, Golden, Black Hawk, Central City, Denver

Photos: Copyright flickr/Yann Ropars; copyright flickr/Yann Ropars; courtesy of Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

A scenic vista along a Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Golden, CO
A mountain bike trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Golden, CO
Panoramic view along a hiking trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Golden, CO