Meadows is a separate, undeveloped part of the park located west of the inner
canyon area. To reach Crescent Meadows you can hike on the Eldorado Canyon Trail
& Walker Ranch Loop (approx. 4.5 miles), or you can drive from the junction
of Hwy 93 and Hwy 72 between Golden and Boulder. Travel west on Hwy 72 for about
7 miles through Coal Creek Canyon. Go through a small town where you'll see a
Sinclair Gas Station on the left. Turn Right on Crescent Park Dr, and travel one
mile, always staying to your left, until you come to a T junction. Take a right
and proceed a couple more miles. Cross a railroad track. A few hundred feet
from the tracks you'll see the trail head marked "Crescent Meadows Trail".
You can also reach the trailhead by traveling west of Boulder on Flagstaff Road to Gross Dam Road. Go South on Gross Dam Road to the Crescent Meadows Parking Lot on the left.