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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.​

Do You Need A Special Activity Agreement?

Special Activity Agreement (SAA) ​​​​​​​is required if you are a photographer or an organized group, profit or non-profit, planning to have a specific photography session in Roxborough State Park. This form must be filled out, sent in, and approved by the Park Manager prior to your visit. In most cases a fee is required in addition to the park entrance fee.​​ 

No Drones!

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Please note that no drones are permitted in Roxborough State Park. 

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.

Roxborough Recognized by Leave No Trace!

We're excited to announce Roxborough State Park has been recognized as a Gold Standard Site by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics!

Gold Standard Site designations are awarded to public recreation lands that exemplify successful #LeaveNoTrace ethics and showcase a strong commitment to the promotion of outdoor skills, ethics, and stewardship in order to help preserve and protect the natural landscape for generations to come.

For more information, read the press release

Leave No Trace Gold StandardPlease check out our video on LNT ethics and continue to help us practice LNT principles when you visit Roxborough State Park.

Vehicle Access Information

​Please note we have one road from the entrance gate to the parking lots. We do not have any other vehicle access through the park. All trails start at the visitor center and are for foot traffic only, please leave your bikes at home.​ Please call us at (303) 973-3959 if you require more information. 

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.  

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International Archaeology Day Expo

Join us in celebrating International Archaeology Day by attending a free expo to learn, explore, and experience archaeology first hand. Meet professional and avocational archaeologists from around the state as they demonstrate, discuss, and bring to life the cultures of the past. Start at the Expo at Roxborough Intermediate School to pick up an event schedule which includes information and directions to the off-site activities. Food trucks will be on site from 11am-3pm. Food trucks include Pink Tank, The Grilled Cheese Cart, and Peak Pops.

Lecture Series                               ​9 a.m. - Jack WarnerAncient People of the Hogback and Foothills: Golden to Roxborough;  10:30 a.m. - Kevin GilmoreA Short Prehistory of the Palmer Divide: Everything You Need to Know in an Hour or Your Money Back; Noon - Neil HauserThe Blackfoot Cave Dig in SE Douglas County; 1:30 p.m. - Douglas BamforthMahaffy Clovis Cache.

Booths and Demonstrations
Ancient Skills and Tool Manufacturing
Hands on Pottery
Artifact Show and Tell
Food processing: Mano and Metate
Archaic Snack Stand
Dig like an Archaeologist
Kids Arts and Crafts, Face Painting
Careers in Archaeology
Archaeology Tool Kit

EXPO and Lectures will be at Roxborough Intermediate School: 7370 Village Cir E, Roxborough, CO, 80125. (sign up for lectures on Eventbrite.)                            

Roxborough State Park Site Visit      Walk and Talk at 11a.m. & 1 p.m. Hike with a Volunteer Naturalist and discover windows into past. Learn about cultures who used this land for shelter, substance, and protection. The Archaic and Woodland people were drawn to this place for the same reason we are today, for its beauty and location. Take a walk and discover how they lived and experience what life during that time may have been like. There is a $7 gate entrance fee at the park. No pets allowed in the park. Sign up on Eventbrite.    

Patio: Archaeological artifacts from the park, pelts of animals used as food by the Archaic and Woodlands inhabitants and mammoth bones.                                                   There will also be: The Walk Through Time Poster Exhibit on the walkway up from the parking lot and an archeology exhibit inside the Visitor Center.

Keep Hydrated!

As of August 1, 2017, Roxborough State Park stopped selling water in plastic throwaway bottles to the public. We now sell a high-quality re-usable bottle for $8 each. There is filtered water for these bottles available at the visitor center. Please help us make this change a big success!