Eldorado Canyon State Park Management Plan
Once finalized, the Eldorado Canyon State Park (ECSP) Management Plan will serve as the guiding document for the park by providing a framework for management of park resources and visitor experience.
The plan is the result of extensive information gathering and collaboration with stakeholders.
Public comment on the draft plan was April 26 - May 25, 2021. The final plan will be released in late summer/early fall 2021.
Please review the following sections of the plan which highlight key plan components.
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Eldorado Canyon to Walker Ranch Multi-use Connection
CPW participated in multiagency discussions, a feasibility study and public meetings regarding accommodating bicycles on the trail between Eldorado Canyon State Park and Walker Ranch Open Space. The ‘influences on management’ and ‘management considerations’ described in the plan as well as the findings shared throughout this plan indicate that the threshold for recreational opportunities has been reached in ECSP.
Specifically, with around half a million visitors a year, park operations cannot support building and maintaining a new segment of trail or exacerbated safety concerns on the congested park road. Even as CPW works toward decreasing and/or dispersing visitation in the coming years we will not add the multi-use connection to ECSP.
CPW is committed to the long-term sustainability of the natural and cultural resources and positive visitor experiences in Colorado’s State Parks. And, CPW will continue to work with our partners, neighbors and all recreationists to find solutions to the growing demand for recreation opportunities in the state.