Fountain Valley Trail, Roxborough State Park
Date Hiked: April 13, 2013
Distance: 2.7 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 300ft
CO State Parks Roxborough SP Trail Map
Roxborough State Park Website
Fountain Valley Trail Map (Google Maps)
Directions: This hike starts at the main parking area for Roxborough State Park (Park Fees are required). From Denver take C470 and exit at S. Wadsworth Blvd. Follow S. Wadsworth south until you pass by the Waterton Canyon Parking Area. The road then becomes Waterton Road as you bear left. Make a right on N. Rampart Range Rd. Take this road until it ends and you see the signs for Roxborough SP. When you enter the park you follow the good dirt road to the parking area and visitor's center. The trail starts across just to the right of the front of the Visitor's Center.
This is the park's main attraction, and it is understandably so. It is a very easy trail to a view point that is nothing short of Spectacular. The trail is dirt, but very well maintained...my friend pushed his 2 year old in a BOB stroller...
The trail is a loop with the viewpoint in the center off of a short spur trail. The trail rolls along the foothills, visits a historic cabin, and winds through the red rock monoliths that make this park famous, at least in Colorado that is. Be prepared to have company on this hike, but it is great for kids or just for a nice introduction to the park. If you want a similar experience, but a more rugged hike, try the South Rim Loop, but you should visit the Fountain Valley viewpoint at least once in your life...