Golden Gate Canyon


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Motorized vehicles must be kept on authorized roads. Parking and camping are allowed only in designated areas. 3. Fires must be contained within the facilities provided and must be completely extinguished when not attended. No fires are allowed in the backcountry. 4. Proper receptacles for trash, waste water and sewage must be used. 5. Pets must be kept under control and on a leash no more than six feet long at all times. 6. Dead and downed trees can be collected for firewood use in campgrounds only. 7. Maximum camping stay in the park is 14 days within any 45-day period. 8. Do not discharge firearms or any weapon unless lawfully hunting. Contact the Visitors Center for more information. 1. 2. Funded in part by Great Outdoors Colorado through Colorado Lottery proceeds. CPW_HPGG_3/18 92 Crawford Gulch Road • Golden, CO 80403 (303) 582-3707 • E-mail: Golden Gate Canyon State Park To reach Golden Gate Canyon State Park, take Highway 93 north from Golden one and a half miles to Golden Gate Canyon Road. Turn left and continue for 13 miles to the park. to Colorado Springs 25 Morrison to Eisenhower Tunnel Idaho Springs 70 470 Red Rocks Amphitheater Denver 70 6 Golden 6 58 Crawford Gulch Road Golden Gate Canyon Road HWY 46 Nederland 40 93 119 85 Boulder Winter Park Fraser 36 Longmont 25 7 Granby 287 34 to Greeley Estes Park 34 Loveland to Fort Collins Location Map Park rangers are trained and equipped to give first aid. Assistance may also be obtained at the Visitors Center. Cell phone and internet coverage in the park area is very limited and unreliable. Payphones are located at the Visitor Center and Reverend’s Ridge Campground office. Emergencies/Information ENJOY YOUR STATE PARKS Golden Gate Canyon State Park C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E Welcome! Event Facilities Green mountain meadows, lush aspen groves and pinecovered hills greet you at Golden Gate Canyon State Park, 16 miles northwest of Golden. With more than 12,000 acres of beauty ranging in elevation from 7,600 to 10,400 feet, Golden Gate offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities within a one hour drive of the Denver area. Visitors Center The Visitors Center, which is open daily, year-round, is located just inside the southeast entrance of the park on Golden Gate Canyon Road. Featured at the Visitors Center is the Wilbur and Nellie Larkin Memorial Nature Trail. This trail was designed to be accessible to the physically challenged and winds around the park’s trout show pond. Inside the center are displays and exhibits describing the wildlife and plants of the area; a topographical scale model of the park; and a sales outlet for books, maps, shirts, posters and other interesting items. Activities Rock Climbing Multiple climbing opportunities can be found throughout the park and, in most cases, requires hiking into the backcountry. The Park does not maintain climbing areas for rock fall, nor routes for fixed hardware, and makes no representation or warranties regarding the safety, reliability or suitability for use of any fixed anchors or other hardware currently existing or installed in the future. It is unlawful to place fixed or permanent climbing hardware without a permit obtained from the Park Manager. Fishing and Hunting Fishing is permitted in any stream or pond in the park except the Visitors Center show pond. All ponds are stocked regularly during the summer. A Colorado fishing license (available at the Visitors Center) is required. Hunting in the park is controlled and is permitted in the Jefferson County portion of the park only. No hunting is allowed from sunset the Friday prior to Memorial Day until sunrise the Tuesday following Labor Day. Limited access permits are available for hunting elk on the Green Ranch portion of the park. Information on seasons, regulations, and Green Ranch permits are available at the park office or on the web site. To help maintain the natural beauty and enjoyment of Golden Gate Canyon State Park, please respect the following: Regulations Empire Black Hawk Golden Gate Canyon State Park 119 Colorado residents 64 years of age or older qualify for a special Aspen Leaf annual pass. This pass allows admission to all state parks every day and discounted camping on weekdays. Full camping fee is charged on weekends and holidays. Where available, an electrical fee is charged. Rocky Mountain National Park In addition to a parks pass, campers are required to purchase and display a camping permit at their campsite. Colorado disabled veterans displaying Colorado Disabled Veteran (DV) license plates are admitted free without a pass. All visitors entering the park are required to display a current Colorado State Parks Pass, issued by vehicle, on their auto windshield. A daily pass is valid from the day purchased until noon the following day. An annual pass is valid at any Colorado State Park. For annual pass holders who own more than one car, multiple passes are available for a reduced fee. Daily passes are available at self-service dispensers. Passes and Permits The Red Barn Group Picnic Area can accommodate up to 150 people. This rustic setting is perfect for company picnics, weddings, or family reunions. This area is equipped with sheltered picnic tables, large grills, vault toilet and electricity, playground, volleyball court and horseshoe pit. Panorama Point can be scheduled for weddings/special events for groups of 40 people or less. The scenic overlook includes a large wood deck that offers a breath-taking view of the Continental Divide. The Columbine Meeting Room is perfect for small group meetings, classes or conferences and is located in the park’s Visitors Center. For event facility scheduling and reservation information call the park office at (303) 582-3707. Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding Nearly 35 miles of hiking trails in the park offer opportunities and challenges for everyone. The 11 trails are each named for an animal native to the area and are marked with the animal’s footprint. Some trails are for hikers only, while other trails are for multiple use– for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Trailheads with parking areas are easily accessible from the main roads in the park. Refer to the trail map for more information. Please be courteous of all trail users! Mountain bikers yield to hikers and horses, hikers yield to horses. Overnight Accommodations Several overnight options are available to park visitors including developed RV and tent camping, backpack tent camping, group camping, one room cabins and yurts and a guest house. During summer months, campground information can be obtained at 303-642-3856 (call 303582-3707 other times of the year). For camping, cabin, yurt, and guest house reservations, call 1-800-244-5613. More information is available at Group Camping A group of up to 75 people interested in tent camping can reserve Rifleman Phillips Group Camping Area. Nestled among a stand of lodge pole pines, the amenities provided in this area are water, vault toilet, fire pits, grills, picnic tables and large tent pads. The Works Ranch is a secluded 6 person cabin and group tent camping area. Up to 30 people can stay at the site; 6 in the cabin and 24 campers. Amenities include bunk beds, electricity, table and chairs, and a fire place in the cabin, picnic tables, grills, vault toilet, water, and two large tent pads for campers. Two night minimum is required to rent the Works Ranch. For group camping scheduling and reservation information call the park office at (303) 582-3707. No pets are allowed at Works Ranch. Reverend’s Ridge Campground This campground provides both electric and tent campsites with a picnic table and fire grill. Campground facilities include flush toilets, showers and laundry. During the summer, campfire programs are presented in an outdoor amphitheater. There is a holding tank dump station at Reverend’s Ridge Campground. Limited sites and facilities are available during winter months. Please contact the park office or visit our web site for up to date conditions and available facilities. Aspen Meadow Campground This campground provides 35 campsites for tents only. Facilities include water pumps, vault toilets and fire rings. Sites 15 and 16 at Rimrock Loop are designed for horseback riders. This campground is closed during winter months. Cabins and Yurts Cabins and Yurts, located at Reverend’s Ridge Campground, are available year-round with sleeping for up to six people. There is an outdoor picnic table and grill on-site for cooking. Flush toilets are nearby with showers (open weather permitting). Each unit has heat and electricity. Pets are welcome for an additional fee in yurt 1 and cabins 1, 3, 4 and 5. Harmsen Ranch Guest House For groups of 8 or less, consider a stay at this quaint and historic 4 bedroom house set in a mountain meadow. Amenities include private bedrooms including a master suite, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, large deck with outdoor cooking area, and barn and corral area. For additional fees larger groups could utilize two RV/horse trailer type parking sites with electrical hookups located near the barn. Visitors staying at Harmsen have easy access to multiple use trails and other park amenities. No pets are allowed at Harmsen Ranch. Backcountry Campsites For those who want a more primitive and somewhat unusual camping experience, there are four backcountry shelters available at Golden Gate. These three-sided structures, with a roof and wooden floor, are built in the Appalachian trail-hut tradition and can sleep up to six people with no need for a tent. In addition, there are 20 backcountry tent sites. Backcountry camping permits must be obtained on a first come first serve basis at the Visitors Center. No fires are allowed in the backcountry. Da Hwy 119 Highway 46 8800 9200 940 0 00 94 RVs and over-sized vehicles are not allowed on Mountain Base Road due to extremely steep grades and tight curves. Use Hwy. 46/Hwy. 119 route to the campgrounds. Mountain Base Road is closed in the winter (19% Grade, closed in winter) Mountain Base Rd Ole Barn Knoll 9800 102 00 Tremont Mountain (reservations required for group use) Panorama Point Bootleg Bottom PLEASE NOTE (4 miles to Highway 119) Gas Station elev. 9100 ft (limited facilities in winter) To Central City/Blackhawk Gilpin County Sheriff & Court Rd us ma sc Reverend’s Ridge Campground (Gap Road) 1 9 12 10 3 4 2 .5 mi. to shelter Slough Pond Kriley Pond 11 2 Frazer Meadow Rim Meadow 5 7 6 8 10 00 0 1 Greenfield Meadow 00 94 Dude’s Fishing Hole Gap R oad 9600 (reservations only) Harmsen Ranch Guest House Call 1-800-244-5613 to make a campground reservation or go online at 1 mile Golden Gate Canyon Road elev. 8250 ft (13 miles to Golden) Round the Bend Horseshoe Trailhead Parking 8600 Visitors Center Ralston Roost (reservations only, closed in winter) (closed in winter) Aspen Meadow Campground Rifleman Phillips Group Campground 0 9000 8600 8200 13 14 16 15 Ranch Ponds 00 00 Centralia Mountain 96 92 88 00 17 No Hunting Call 1-800-244-5613 to make a campground reservation. To White Ranch Park and Golden(dirt road) 7600 LEGEND (by reservation only) 18 Red Barn Group Picnic Area Nott Creek 4 00 80 Quarry (Tuesday after Labor day through Friday prior to Memorial Day) Hunting Allowed State Wildlife Area Park Boundary Road Scenic Highway Stream Pond RV route to North Entrance Yurts Tent Only Sites Campsites with Electric Historical Structure Parking Area Cabin Trail Head Picnic Area Backcountry Shelter 1-4 Fishing Overlook Backcountry Campsites 1-20 Visitors Center & Information (Open to hunting per CPW regulations) Ralston Creek State Wildlife Area 8400 8000 19 20 Service Roads Deer Creek 00 84 92 Crawford Gulch Road • Golden, CO 80403 (303) 582-3707 • E-mail: Golden Gate Canyon State Park Bridge Creek 8200 8600 Windy Peak Respect Our Trails Private Property City Lights Ridge 3 Forgotten Valley 9000 (Coal Creek Canyon Rd.) 5 miles to Hwy 72 00 Gilpin Road 2 92 To Nederland 900 0 (reservations required, closed in winter) GIlpin County Gilpin County 880 Works Ranch Group Area 9000 Jefferson County Jefferson County 00 78 2.3 mi. 4.5 mi. 1.2 mi. 0.8 mi. Snowshoe Hare - Difficult Start: Aspen Meadow End: Aspen Meadow Raccoon - Moderate Start: Reverend’s Ridge End: Reverend’s Ridge via Panorama Point Mule Deer - Moderate Start: Ole Barn Knoll End: Ole Barn Knoll via Panorama Point Mountain Lion - Difficult Start: Nott Creek End: Nott Creek Horseshoe - Moderate Start: Horseshoe Trailhead End: Frazer Meadow Coyote - Most Difficult Start: Bootleg Bottom End: Frazer Meadow 3.0 mi. 3.5 mi. 9.1 mi. 6.7 mi. 1.8 mi. 2.0 mi. Burro To City Lights Ridge 1.2 mi. Start: Bridge Creek End: City Lights Ridge Burro - Difficult Burro - Difficult Start: Bridge Creek End: Bridge Creek Buffalo - Moderate Start: Rifleman Phillips End: Forgotten Valley Blue Grouse - Moderate Start: Kriley Pond End: Intersection with Mule Deer Trail Black Bear - Most Difficult 2.8 mi. Start: Ralston Roost Trailhead End: Intersection with Mule Deer Trail Beaver - Most Difficult Start: Slough Pond End: Slough Pond Note: During winter months, some sections of trails and signage may not be visible due to snow. Multiple Use (Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding) Hikers Only TRAIL KEY

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