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Friends of Roxborough
Friends of Roxborough
Roxborough State Park

​​​​​​​​History

Founded in 1993 at the Bemis Library by a group of volunteers working to protect the Park's eastern boundary from residential development. With hard work and the support of Colorado State Parks, Douglas County Open Space and the Conservation Fund, the Southdowns development on the eastern border of the Park was acquired on May 31, 1996. This effort was recognized by GOCO, The Denver Business Journal and The Governors Smart Growth Award. Instead of condos and houses, chattering prairie dogs, blue birds, mule dear, black bear, short grass prairie, and an abundance of wild flowers now can be found in Southdowns.

The Friends subsequently participated in other Park acquisitions including the individual building lots bordering the Park in the South Stonehenge area and, in order to protect the southern border of the Park, the Friends participated with Douglas County Open Space in the acquisition of the Nelson Ranch, which was completed on November 12, 2002. The Friends have raised over $450,000.00 for land purchases since 1993 to protect this very special Park. At its inception in 1985, the Park consisted of approximately 500 acres and now has over 3,300 acres!

Mission

To support nature education and stewardship of Roxborough State Park and to protect its boundaries.

Structure

A non-profit 501(c)3 organization comprised of all volunteers with no over-head costs. The activities of the Friends are directed by a 6-member Board (i.e., President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Data, and Retail).

Membership

$20 per year (family or individual) 

Membership lists are private. Members receive the Rambles, a quarterly program guides with Friends' updates. Join today!​

Sponsored Activities

  • Coming Soon: Covered Multiuse Pavilion - The Friends of Roxborough, along with park staff and volunteers, have set a goal to build a covered pavilion that can be used for educational programs and rented out for weddings, birthdays, reunions and other special occasions. To do this, the park aims to raise $100,000 by January 2020. You can help us by becoming a member of the Frien​ds of Roxborough​ State Park for just $20 a year, purchasing Friends products sold in the visitor center, through your generous contributions, or by participating in one of the Friends sponsored events. Please join us in reaching our goal! ​Call the visitor center at (303)973-3959 for details and send in a membership form​ today!

  • Barbara Fritts Scholarship Fund - Transportation funds for income disadvantaged schools which allow kids to come to Roxborough for naturalist-guided educational experiences. For more information, visit the Barbara Fritts Scholarship Fund page.

  • Moonlight Hikes - Moonlight Hikes​​ are offered May through October. Reservations required. Call (303) 973-3959. There is a minimum donation of $7.50 per person. Look the the spring for the new schedule.

  • Summer Concerts – Concerts are free throughout the summer. Click here for 2017 schedule.​​ Look to the spring for the new schedule. The hat is passed around for donations. Rox Ride is available for all Park visitors, especially those with mobility issues. Reservations required. Call (303) 973-3959.

  • Snacks & Water sold in the Visitor Center

Recent Projects Completed 

The 60-acre in-holding on Willow Creek was purchased! This is a beautiful property! It is the backdrop to the historic Waterhouse Homestead, which will be on the agenda for restoration after this acquisition is completed. Come see the property – it has a waterfall as well as remains of the original farmhouse, loafing shed, hand dug well and barn foundation.

Join the Friends​ and help us protect Roxborough State Park by making a tax deductible land donation. For more information, stop by the Visitor Center or call (303) 973-3959.