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Golden Gate Canyon

Pine Tree Icon2019 Christmas Tree Cut Permit Drawing

The application period for the Christmas tree permit lottery is now closed as of 11/13/19.

  • This year Golden Gate Canyon State Park Christmas tree permits will be issued on a lottery system. 

  • Successful applicants will be contacted by email by November 15, 2019 and provided payment and harvest details.

See the press release for more information and thank you for supporting Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​More than 12,000 acres of dense forest, rocky peaks, and aspen-rimmed meadows laced with miles of trails awaiting the hiker, horseback rider, mountain biker and winter sports enthusiast at Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

Only 30 miles fro​m Denver, Golden Gate Canyon offers such amenities as a electrical hook-ups and tent-sites in two different campgrounds, stocked fishing ponds, picnic sites and the Panorama Point Scenic Overlook, where visitors can see 100 miles of the Continental Divide. The park’s numerous group facilities can host several types of events, from weddings to family reunions and company picnics.

Besides camping, overnight guests can also stay at one of the five cabins and two yurts at Golden Gate. In 2008, the park began renting out guest houses, a first for a Colorado State Park. Winter will find visitors cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice fishing and ice skating.  Please be aware that drive share services such as "Uber" do not operate in the area.​​  If you are dropped off you may be unable to get a ride back.​


​Hunting Information

Hunting in the park is OPEN for the season, as well as the Ralston Creek SWA, which is adjacent to the park, is open and available for use.

  • ​Hunting is allowed on the Jefferson County portion of the park the Tuesday after Labor Day through the Friday prior to Memorial Day.  
  • Per regulation, hunters must sign in and out daily at the Visitor Center. 
  • Hunting is limited to 35 hunters per day. 
  • All Colorado Parks & Wildlife and Golden Gate Canyon State Park rules and regulations apply.​ ​ ​

​Campground Updates​

  • Reverend's Ridge Campground is open for the season.
  • Aspen Meadow Campground is closed for the season.  

All sites must be reserved ahead of time online or by calling 1-800-244-5613. 

Please do not tie anything to trees, this includes hammocks.

Backcountry Campsites

Our backcountry campsites​ are available on a first-come, first-served basis year-round. 

  • Please register for backcountry sit​es at the Visitor Center.