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Golden Gate Canyon State Park

92 Crawford Gulch Rd, Golden, CO 80403

(303) 582-3707

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Colorado State Park Site

Park Hours 5am-10pm
Entry Fees $8
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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.

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Activities Include:

  • Back country camping Golden Gate offers 4 back country shelters and 20 back country tent sites. All back country shelters and tent sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis year round. Register and purchase permits at the Visitor’s Center. All shelters now have bear boxes and tent sites share a double bear box located in between​ sites.  Please remove all food and trash from bear boxes when you leave. FIRES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE BACK COUNTRY!(Updated: 10/27/2016 2:38 PM)
  • Biking Mountain bikers can utilize trails designated for multiple use (approximately 19 miles of Golden Gate Canyon’s trails). All trails are open, however there is still a large amount of snow on the upper section of the Mountain Lion trail. Also, due to flood damage, the Deer Creek section of the Mountain Lion Trail is extremely difficult for mountain biking. Unless you are experienced with rough terrain, our recommendation is to avoid that area until repairs are made. Please use caution while in that area. For more information, visit the Trails page​.(Updated: 1/4/2018 11:43 AM)
  • Cabins and Yurts Golden Gate Canyon’s Reverends’ Ridge Campground features five cabins and two yurts.  Cabins and Yurts stay open all year round and can be reserved online at www.cpwshop.com or by calling 1-800-244-5613​.  Please note there is a two night minimum stay in all cabins and yurts. For more information, check out the “Cabins and Yurts” page​.(Updated: 2/16/2019 1:48 PM)
  • Camping Campgrounds are open from Memorial Day weekend to early October, there are 132 campsites in 2 campgrounds: Aspen Meadows and Reverend’s Ridge. Aspen Meadow offers 35 tent sites and vault toilets. Reverend’s Ridge Campground is open year-round, but only limited sites available during the winter and no water for RVs. During the summer months there are 38 tent sites and 59 sites with electrical hook-ups.  Facilities at Reverend’s Ridge include flush toilets, shower, ice machine, laundry facilities and a dump station. Beginning January 1, 2019 all sites will be Reservation Only and can be made online​ at www.cpwshop.com, or by calling 1-800-244-5613​​. Golden Gate also offers 20 backcountry tent sites and four backcountry shelters. Our backcountry sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis year-round. Please register for backcountry sites at the Visitor Center. For more information, visit the Camping page​ (link also found on the left side of Golden Gate Canyon’s main page). Please be advised that tying off to trees is prohibited, including hammocks.(Updated: 2/16/2019 1:49 PM)
  • Dog-friendly ​Dogs are welcome on all trails and campgrounds​ in the park as long as:
    • they are on a six foot or shorter leash at all times
    • their waste is properly disposed of(Updated: 8/4/2016 3:08 PM)
  • Education ProgramsCampfire presentations and Kids Hour Programs are scheduled at Reverends Ridge Campground on weekends during the summer. Check our home page calendar for additional public programs and event dates.(Updated: 4/27/2016 10:08 AM)
  • Fishing Fishing is permitted in any stream or pond at Golden Gate Canyon State Park with the exception of the Visitor’s Center Show Pond. The daily bag limit at Golden Gate Canyon is four fish. There is an ADA-accessible fishing pier at Kriley Pond. The Park’s ponds include Kriley, Slough, Dude’s Fishing Hole, Forgotten Valley and Ranch Ponds. Ponds are stocked regularly during the spring and summer. A Colorado fishing license is required as well as a daily or annual vehicle pass. All Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations apply. A map of the fishing areas is available from the “Maps and Directions” page​.(Updated: 1/4/2018 11:50 AM)
  • Group Camping Group Campgrounds are open Memorial Day weekend through October. The Works Ranch Cabin and group camping area can accommodate up to 30 people. The site has a camper cabin that houses 6, and 2 high-use tent pads can accommodate 24 tent campers. Outdoor eating area, fireplace, grills, vault toilets, and water spigot on site. Rifleman Phillips Group Campground is available for groups up to 75 people. This campground is for tent campers only. These campgrounds are closed during the winter months. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance, so please plan accordingly. To reserve call 1-800-244-5613 or go online at www.cpwshop.com.(Updated: 2/16/2019 1:51 PM)
  • Hiking All trails are open for hiking year-round, unless otherwise posted. For more information on trails, visit the “Trails” page​. Dogs are permitted on all trails, but they must be on a 6 foot leash at all times. Please clean up after your pets.(Updated: 1/4/2018 11:49 AM)
  • Horseback Riding Horseback riders can utilize trails designated for multiple use (approximately 19 miles of Golden Gate Canyon’s trails). Nott Creek, Kriley Overlook and the entrance to Aspen Meadow Campground offer parking for horse trailers. For more information, visit the “Trails” page​.(Updated: 1/4/2018 11:51 AM)
  • Hunting Hunting is currently OPEN on park. 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. Hunting is NEVER permitted in the Gilpin County side of the park. 
    A raffle is held on August 1st each year to hunt elk on the Green Ranch Property. Submit an application​ by 5 pm on July 31st and learn more about Hunting on Green Ranch​.(Updated: 9/8/2019 8:55 AM)
  • Picnicking There are 125 scenic picnic sites throughout the park. Several are located along Ralston Creek on Crawford Gulch Road and along Mountain Base Road at Ole’ Barn Knoll and Bootleg Bottom. Many picnic sites are identified on the park map, available from the “Maps and Directions” page​. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis and include a table and charcoal grills for cooking. ADA-accessible picnic tables are located at Kriley Pond, Bootleg Bottom, Panorama Point and Bridge Creek. Large groups can reserve the Red Barn Group Picnic Area. For more information on group picnic areas, visit the Group Facilities page​.(Updated: 1/4/2018 11:59 AM)
  • Rock Climbing Golden Gate Canyon does not maintain climbing areas for rock-fall, nor routes for fixed hardware, and makes no representations or warranties regarding the safety, reliability or suitability for use of any fixed anchors or other hardware currently existing or installed in the future. Multiple climbing opportunities can be found throughout the park. Access to these areas requires hiking into the backcountry. It is unlawful to place fixed or permanent climbing hardware without a permit obtained by the park manager. Please refer to www.mountainproject.com​ for detailed route information. (Updated: 4/27/2016 10:28 AM)

~ Courtesy of Colorado Parks/Golden Gate Canyon

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