Golden Gate Canyon State Park - Golden, CO - a multifunctional vacation spot


The office for the Golden Gate Canyon State Park is located at 92 Crawford Gulch Road in Golden, Colorado. The office is open from 9am until 4pm Wednesday through Sunday. The office is closed on Monday and Tuesday; the park itself is open from five in the morning until ten at night. The fees charged at the park vary depending on the specifics of the activity.

A daily pass to the Golden Gate Canyon State Park can be obtained for $6 while an Aspen Annual Pass can be obtained for $30. The fee for yearly annual passes can be obtained by contacting the Colorado State park system directly. Campsites are available as well for a charge of $16 for backcountry sites, $16 for tent sites and $20 for sites with electrical hookups for each night of your stay.

There is also Aspen Leaf camping available at the Golden State Park which is a reduced rate on Sunday through Thursday. It is full prices on holidays and weekends. Aspen Leaf camping fees are $6 a night for a backcountry site, $9 for a tent site and $11 for sites with an electric hookup. There are group picnic areas that can be rented for a cost of $150 Monday through Friday and $200 on the weekend. The Panorama Point is $150 to rent Monday through Friday and $300 to rent on the weekend.

The Golden Gate Canyon State Park also offers a conference room that can be rented for $100 a day. There are five cabins that are $60 each night; pets can be brought to the cabins for a charge of $10 each night. There are two yurts that can be used for $60 a night, the same fee for pets applies. There are also a number of hiking trails at the park.

The Golden Gate Canyon State Park has twelve trails that total over thirty-five miles of hiking for visitors' enjoyment. The trails are all named after animals and marked with their footprints. The park's main roads offer easy access to the parking for the trailheads. Multiple use trails in the park allow horses and mountain bikes to be used on them; other trails are for foot traffic only. Parking for horse trailers can be found near Red Barn Group Picnic Area at the trailhead for Nott Creek and above Kriley Pond at the Kriley Overlook.

The Golden Canyon State Park can be reached from Golden, Denver, Boulder and a number of other places in the area surrounding Golden, Colorado. When traveling from Golden use highway 93 north and follow it one mile until you reach the Golden Gate Canyon Road then take a left and drive for thirteen miles. Interstate 70 West is used when traveling from the Denver area. Use exit 265 to highway 58 and follow it to highway 93.

Take a right onto highway 93 and follow it for about a mile to the Golden Gate Canyon road and turn left onto it. Follow the road for thirteen miles until you reach the Visitor Center for the Golden Gate Canyon State Park. The campground is located an estimated five miles away from the Visitor Center. Those towing trailers or driving RVs may prefer to drive west down highway 58 until it turns into highway 6. Take highway 6 west until you reach highway 119 and follow it north. You will travel eleven miles all the way through Blackhawk to the Gap road and take a right onto it. Follow Gap Road to gain entry to the Aspen Meadows and Reverend's Ridge campgrounds.

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