Roxborough State Park

Trail Length: 5.2-mile loop (South Rim Loop –  3 miles/Fountain Valley Loop – 2.2 miles)
Trailhead Location:    Take Wadsworth south past Chatfield State Park. Turn left on Waterton Road (just before the entrance to Lockheed Martin.) Continue on Waterton Road—crossing the South Platte River, until it ends at North Rampart Range Road (1.6 miles) Turn right (south) on North Rampart Range Road. Continue south past Roxborough Village and the Foothills Water Treatment Plant. (2.3 miles) At the intersection of North Rampart Range Road and Roxborough Park Road (just before the entrance to Arrowhead golf course), turn left onto Roxborough Park Road. Take the next right on East Roxborough Drive(about 50 yards away) to enter the park.

Looking for a trail we hadn’t hiked in a while, we decided to head over to Roxborough State Park on Sunday.  The weather was warm – around 60 degrees so it was another good day to get out.

Roxborough State Park is known for its dramatic red sandstone formations that tilt at a 60 degree angle.  The park contains 3,339 acres.  In 1902 Henry S. Persse along with business partners formed a land development company to develop the park area into a resort. It was to have a hotel, golf course and guest cottages.  After a visit by Denver Mayor Robert W. Speer, the mayor felt the place was far too scenic to be in private hands and suggested it become part of Denver’s park system.

Persse constructed his stone house in 1903 from locally quarried stone with red mud used as mortar. He never lived in the house year round but used it for guests to promote his vision of a Roxborough Park resort.  In 1975, the Colorado Division of State Parks purchased 500 acres of Persse’s land to form the Roxborough State Park and since then has brought the total up to over 3,000 acres.

We headed over to the park and headed up the South Rim Trail around 12:45pm.  Some deer we saw right near the parking lot before heading up the trail.

Roxborough Park-Deer

Some views of the red rock formations right near the parking area. Roxborough Park

Roxborough Park

Heading up the trail – it was pretty slushy and snowy. Roxborough Park-Trail

As we climbed higher along the South Rim, we caught sight of some more deer down in the valley. Roxborough Park-Deer

The higher up along the rim we climbed, the better view we had looking back northwest down the valley.  From this vantage point, you get a good perspective of the dramatic red sandstone formations. Roxborough Park

Roxborough Park

A section of the trail with a little deeper snow and less slushy here. Roxborough Park-Trail

A close up view of the red rocks.

Roxborough Park

We soon reached the top of the rim, headed to the west across the end of the valley, and then started heading back north along the other side of the valley.  A look back to the east across the valley to the trail we had come up on. Roxborough Park

The trail was quite slushy here.  Here you can really how red the water is in the puddles were sloshing through.

Roxborough Park-Slushy Trail

We continued along the trail as it brought us closer to many unique rock formations.

Roxborough Park

Roxborough Park

Roxborough Park

Roxborough Park

Roxborough Park

Looking northwest along the trail.

Roxborough Park

Roxborough Park

So many stunning views of the red rock formations.

Roxborough Park

Roxborough Park

Roxborough Park

We hiked back down to the bottom of the valley and came to the intersection with the Carpenter Peak Trail about 2:30pm.

Roxborough Park-Trail Sign

Roxborough Park

We continued back to the Visitor Center and then headed out onto the Fountain Valley Loop Trail about 2:50pm.

Views along the Fountain Valley Loop Trail.

Roxborough Park

Roxborough Park

Roxborough Park

Roxborough Park

At the very north end of the loop we came to the Henry S. Persse house which was constructed in 1903.  Persse planned to make this scenic location into a resort and used the house to entertain guests.

Roxborough Park-House

The deer were still hanging out near the visitor center when we got back there around 4:00pm

Roxborough Park-Deer

As we headed back to the car, we noticed this yucca tree.  We have seen many yucca plants when hiking but never a yucca tree.

Roxborough Park-Yucca Tree

Roxborough Park-Yucca Tree

Roxborough Park-Yucca Tree

Even though our feet were cold and soaking wet from all of the snow, slush, and water on the trail, we were still happy that we got out and enjoyed the afternoon in the park!

9 thoughts on “Roxborough State Park

  1. Thanks Lesley! I am wanting to get up to Rocky Mountain National Park soon – all of your wonderful photos from the area are making me anxious to get up there!

    • I hope you do! We are hoping to squeeze at least one more snowshoeing trek in before winter ends. We are thinking our next trip will be to Lake Helene. We have never been to that one, looks interesting. 🙂

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