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​​​​​​​​​​​More than a million Denver-area residents have one of nature’s jewels in their backyard: Roxborough State Park, a short drive southwest of Denver.

Ro​xborough​ is a Colorado Natural Area and a National Natural Landmark for good reason. The park, with close to 4000-acres, is filled with dramatic red-rock formations, distinct plant communities, and a host of wildlife ranging from black bears to mule deer.

Visitors can take in all of Roxborough’s geological wonders via a series of trails ​for every level of hiker. The Fountain Valley Overlook is only 100 yards from the Visitor Center and provides spectacular views of several beautiful rock formations, including the Fountain Formation, Lyons Formation, and the Dakota Hogback.  Many visitors tote their cameras to capture one of the many beautiful views or animal sightings such as red fox from one of the park’s overlooks.​

Preserve Nature

To preserve Roxborough's natural state, no camping, mountain bikes, pets, or horses are permitted in Roxborough State Park. View other camping options in t​his area.

Friends of Roxborough Annual Photo Contest

The winners of the annual photo contest have been chosen and photos have been selected for the 2015 interpretive calendar.

The calendars are now on sale! Come visit and get yours today!

Overlook Rental

We are excited to announce that Roxborough is now renting out the two overlooks for weddings and other special events. For more information, please visit the Weddings page. 

 

International Archaeology Day Fair This Saturday!

Join Roxborough​ State Park, the Denver Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society, History Colorado, State Office of Archaeology, and Dinosaur Ridge on Saturday, Oct. 18 to celebrate International Archaeology Day with fun and educational events for the entire family. The activities are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Roxborough State Park is a National Archaeological District with artifacts from  prehistoric hunters and gatherers who traveled through, camp​ed, and made tools from stone quarries of  the area.

All the activities and events are free with a daily or annual parks' pass. 

​​Exhibits on the visitor center patio include:

  • Archaeological artifacts from the park
  • Plants used by Native Americans
  • Pelts of animals used as food by the Archaic and Woodland periods.
  • Chief Colorow's Tree and dendrochronology information.
  • Archaic Indian snacks
  • Flint knapping demonstrations

Special activities for kids' include:

  • Archaic arts and crafts
  • Face painting

Other events include:

  • Presentation and hike to view archaeological site locations at  11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Rides on our 5-passenger golf cart to view archaeological site locations at noon and 1:30 p.m.

Lecture series include:

  • 11 a.m. Ute, Arapaho, and Cheyenne of the Roxborough Area by Dr. David Hill, Denver Chapter of the Colorado Archeological Society;
  • 12:45 p.m. Artifact Dating & Recent Roxborough findings by  Todd McMahon, History Colorado: Office of Archeology;
  • 2 p.m. Hogback Archaeology: Roxborough to Golden by Jack Warner, Denver Chapter of the Colorado Archeological Society.