Golden Gate Canyon State Park

★★★★☆
  • 92 Crawford Gulch Rd

    Golden, CO 80403

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  • 303-582-3707

About Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Hours
Monday To Sunday From 05:00 AM To 10:00 PM

Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation
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We enjoyed our drive through this State Park in August 2011. It's pretty easy to get to from Denver. About 10+ degrees cooler too during the summer. Nice visitor's center--friendly staff. We went on a Saturday around 3 to 4 p.m. and the park wasn't too crowded. I don't know about the camping as we didn't do that. We hiked a small trail. Pretty scenery at the overlook. We would go back and explore more.

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We enjoyed our drive through this State Park in August 2011. It's pretty easy to get to from Denver. About 10+ degrees cooler too during the summer. Nice visitor's center--friendly staff. We went on a Saturday around 3 to 4 p.m. and the park wasn't too crowded. I don't know about the camping as we didn't do that. We hiked a small trail. Pretty scenery at the overlook. We would go back and explore more.

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There are many other camping areas in Colorado that I would rather go to than Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Rocky Mountain National Park has great camping areas with amazing hikes. There are Federal Campgrounds such as Guenella Pass that I would rather go to.

I enjoy Golden Gate Canyon State Park for day hikes mainly because I don't have to worry about mountain bikes running my family off the trail which is a problem in some of the open spaces in the metro area. It is nice and close to Denver/Golden but I would rather camp elsewhere.

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There are many other camping areas in Colorado that I would rather go to than Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Rocky Mountain National Park has great camping areas with amazing hikes. There are Federal Campgrounds such as Guenella Pass that I would rather go to.

I enjoy Golden Gate Canyon State Park for day hikes mainly because I don't have to worry about mountain bikes running my family off the trail which is a problem in some of the open spaces in the metro area. It is nice and close to Denver/Golden but I would rather camp elsewhere.

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Golden Gate is very nice but Mueller is hand downs the best close to a major metro area. Drive south to Colorado Springs and then west past Woodland Park to Mueller State Park. Facilities are better some of the best in the nation and the hiking and scenery is fantastic. Whether you are just hanging with the family or a rugged outdoorsman, from MUeller you have access to very easy trails or pretty hard core trails that will take you all the way up to Pike's Peak. Only issue is you must make reservations well ahead of time.

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Golden Gate is very nice but Mueller is hand downs the best close to a major metro area. Drive south to Colorado Springs and then west past Woodland Park to Mueller State Park. Facilities are better some of the best in the nation and the hiking and scenery is fantastic. Whether you are just hanging with the family or a rugged outdoorsman, from MUeller you have access to very easy trails or pretty hard core trails that will take you all the way up to Pike's Peak. Only issue is you must make reservations well ahead of time.

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This is a wonderful park close to Denver with great facilities. I love the varity of hiking trials. However in recent years it's popularity has cause it to become over-crowded. It's better if you go during the week. If you go on the weekend to get away from it all, "it all" follows you there.

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This is a wonderful park close to Denver with great facilities. I love the varity of hiking trials. However in recent years it's popularity has cause it to become over-crowded. It's better if you go during the week. If you go on the weekend to get away from it all, "it all" follows you there.

Pros: beautiful, hiking trails, facilities

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A Top US Park?

This park is pretty pathetic for a top listing besides good places, close to Denver!

It's actually a nice park close to the Denver metro area.

If you've never been then you should go. Nice place for a picnic and the fishing isn't bad either

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A Top US Park?

This park is pretty pathetic for a top listing besides good places, close to Denver!

It's actually a nice park close to the Denver metro area.

If you've never been then you should go. Nice place for a picnic and the fishing isn't bad either

Pros: Good fishing, Good Location, Not Bad Day Hikes

Cons: Crowded, Fish are small, Heavy pressure

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If you have a no time this place is agreat place to log on miles. Most of the trails are open to Horses, Bikes, and Hiking. It is not as crowded as some of the other front range rec area's. Most of the trail's can be done in loop's for a great walk are run. Check it out you mite like it as much as I do.

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If you have a no time this place is agreat place to log on miles. Most of the trails are open to Horses, Bikes, and Hiking. It is not as crowded as some of the other front range rec area's. Most of the trail's can be done in loop's for a great walk are run. Check it out you mite like it as much as I do.

Pros: Trails, Fishing, Shelters on trail

Cons: Week-ends

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For those who are looking for a non-primitive set-up, convenient access to commercial/cultural/entertainment/gambling amenities (Golden, Boulder and Blackhawk-Central City are less than half-hours drive-time, and Denver is about three-quarters an hour), and wanting to relax in the outdoors, this is an excellent choice.
As stated by others, if you are a hard-core wilderness warrior, as I was when living in the vicinity, there are many, many venues more suitable. Some, such as Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, are within an hours drive of Golden Gate which allows for a magnificent day trip.
If said warrior, with family in-tow, wanted to go Gonzo, he could leave the brood at base-camp Golden Gate (or not depending on age, physicality and affinity), strike out at 4:30 AM, drive a little over an hour to trek up Long's Peak, the highest non-technical hike, at well over 14,000 feet, in the United States.

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★★★★★

For those who are looking for a non-primitive set-up, convenient access to commercial/cultural/entertainment/gambling amenities (Golden, Boulder and Blackhawk-Central City are less than half-hours drive-time, and Denver is about three-quarters an hour), and wanting to relax in the outdoors, this is an excellent choice.
As stated by others, if you are a hard-core wilderness warrior, as I was when living in the vicinity, there are many, many venues more suitable. Some, such as Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, are within an hours drive of Golden Gate which allows for a magnificent day trip.
If said warrior, with family in-tow, wanted to go Gonzo, he could leave the brood at base-camp Golden Gate (or not depending on age, physicality and affinity), strike out at 4:30 AM, drive a little over an hour to trek up Long's Peak, the highest non-technical hike, at well over 14,000 feet, in the United States.

Pros: close to amenities, modern facilities, easy access to all

Cons: close to amenities, modern facilities, easy access to all

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The fishing at the ponds, like Dude's Hole, is outstanding. The camp sites are clean and easy to access. You can hike all day, and then just crash in one of the back country shelters. BUT..... This place is always crowded on weekends, and holiday weekends are the worst. You have to make reservations to get a camp site unless you camp during the week. Check out the over look as well, fantastic view of the rockies.

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★★★★☆

The fishing at the ponds, like Dude's Hole, is outstanding. The camp sites are clean and easy to access. You can hike all day, and then just crash in one of the back country shelters. BUT..... This place is always crowded on weekends, and holiday weekends are the worst. You have to make reservations to get a camp site unless you camp during the week. Check out the over look as well, fantastic view of the rockies.

Pros: inexpensive, clean, secluded camping

Cons: crowded

 

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