Eldorado Canyon

Fact Sheet

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C O L O R A D O P A R K S & W I L D L I F E Eldorado Canyon State Park FACT SHEET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 Who we are Eldorado Canyon State Park is located west of the historic resort town of Eldorado Springs. A world-renowned technical rock climbing area, the canyon also offers fishing, hiking, picnicking and a quiet retreat from the city. Trails in the park connect to trails on Boulder County Open Space and City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks lands. The park also features an awardwinning “Junior Ranger” program during the summer months and outstanding opportunities for photography during all seasons. Top attractions • • • Legendary rock-climbing destination Miles of hiking trails with spectacular views Picnicking along the scenic South Boulder Creek Our partners • • • • • • • • Action Committee for Eldorado (ACE) & Fixed Hardware Review Committee Eldorado Artesian Springs Water and Pool The Access Fund Rocky Mountain Conservancy (RMC) City of Boulder Mountain Parks and Open Space Boulder County Parks and Open Space Eldorado Springs and Kneale Subdivision Homeowners Association Rocky Mountain Fire Authority Challenges we face • • • • • • Award-winning junior ranger program Trout fishing and mountain biking Universally accessible education/naturalist programs • • • • • • MountainProject.com Mile High Youth Corps Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Inc. Denver Water Board Colorado State Forest Service Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and Community Corrections Colorado Department of Health and Environment Wildland Restoration Volunteers Teens, Inc. • • • The park is continually seeing record high visitation. Eldorado Canyon reaches capacity on weekends and holidays year-round, especially between March and November. Such intensive use of the “Inner Canyon” affects the natural resources and visitor experiences. Insufficient staffing levels, due to budget cuts, are leading to undue strains on personnel tasked with managing the high volume of visitation. Wildfire mitigation work in the Inner Canyon and Crescent Meadow areas continues with help from Colorado State Forest Service and other agencies. Volunteer activities • Eldorado offers a volunteer program, including raptor monitoring, trail crew work, naturalist assistance, maintenance assistance and visitor services. • The Action Committee for Eldorado provides voluntary, fixed climbing hardware maintenance and does extensive fundraising for climbing access trail maintenance. 1Source: Corona Research, Colorado State Parks Marketing Assessment, “Visitor Spending Analysis 2008-2009” (adjusted for inflation). COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 cpw.state.co.us KEN PAPALEO//HIGH COUNTRY COLORING/CPW Visitors to Eldorado Canyon State Park spend about $6.9 million annually in local communities.1 9 Kneale Road, PO Box B, Eldorado Springs, CO, 80025 (303) 494-3943 • Email: eldorado.park@state.co.us Park Manager: John Carson As of June 30, 2017 Manager’s Message Eldorado Canyon State Park offers many different activities, including over 1,000 rock climbing routes, miles of trails for hiking, sightseeing, interpretive programs, picnicking, fishing and hunting (in the Crescent Meadows section of the park). The geology of the inner canyon of the park creates spectacular views and climbing opportunities that draws people from around the world. While the inner canyon is less than 10 miles from Boulder and about 30 miles from Denver, it creates a unique feeling of seclusion and ruggedness common to the Colorado Rockies. It is recommended that weekend and holiday users visit Eldorado Canyon early in the mornings, later in the day or on weekdays if pos-sible to avoid the crowds. By working with partnerships that have been formed over many years, Eldorado Canyon staff will continue to provide many safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities for park visitors while keeping the canyon from being “loved to death.” Employees Permanent: 4 Temporary: 8 Volunteers: 556 Volunteer Hours: 3,235 Geography Region: Northeast County: Boulder and Jefferson Year Acquired: 1978 Elevation: 6,000 ft Miles From Denver: 30 Trails Biking: 10.8 miles Hiking: 17.1 miles Horseback: 11.3 miles Cross Country Skiing/ Snowshoeing: 14.5 miles Total: 17.1 miles Annual Visitation 384,303 Acreage Total Acres: 1,393 Roads Unpaved: 1 mile Facilities 10 Picnic Sites Visitor Center Governmental US Cong Dist: 2nd CO Senate: 16th and 18th CO House: 13th and 25th Recreation Fishing Hunting Ranger/Nature Programs Rock Climbing Wildlife/Bird Viewing Walden Fort Collins Craig Hayden Steamboat Springs Sterling Estes Loveland Park Greeley Oak Creek Fort Brush Morgan Meeker Kremmling Eldorado Canyon Wray Brighton Denver Golden Avon Vail Glenwood Springs Breckenridge Collbran Fruita Aspen Leadville Castle Rock Limon Burlington Fairplay Grand Junction Delta Paonia Hotchkiss Buena Vista Crawford Colorado Springs Kit Carson Cripple Creek Olathe Gunnison Montrose Salida Canon City Pueblo Ridgway Ouray Lamar La Junta Dove Creek Walsenburg Monte Vista Dolores Cortez Mancos Durango Alamosa La Veta Springfield Pagosa Springs Trinidad KEN PAPALEO//HIGH COUNTRY COLORING/CPW Rifle Frisco COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 cpw.state.co.us KEN PAPALEO//HIGH COUNTRY COLORING/CPW Eldorado Canyon State Park

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