Roxborough State Park
· Urban Refuges
Roxborough State Park
Located just south of Chatfield State Park, Roxborough is a world away in terms of landscape and habitat. The views at this park are dominated by the panoramic hogback formations of the Colorado front-range. Habitats of this beautiful park include excellent examples of rocky cliffs, mountain shrubland, and open prairie, with riparian wetlands and coniferous forest in the mix.
Miles of hiking trails offer ample opportunities to view Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, and a variety of raptor species along the hogback formations. Oak woodland birds include Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Virginia’s Warbler, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Ovenbird, and other foothill species. Mixed-grass prairies within the park support Horned Lark, Western Meadowlark, and Lark Sparrow. The smaller riparian groves are worth checking during migration – look for Warbling Vireo, Gray Catbird, and Lazuli Bunting. Springtime is also excellent for viewing a wide variety of butterfly species. The park is also designated as a National Natural Landmark and an Important Bird Area through the National Audubon Society. Please be aware dogs and bikes are not allowed at Roxborough. A State Parks pass is required for entry.
Directions: From C-470: exit at CO 121/Wadsworth Blvd. and go south past Chatfield State Park. Turn left on Waterton Rd. (just before the entrance to Lockheed Martin.) Continue on Waterton Rd.—crossing the South Platte River, until it ends at North Rampart Range Rd. (1.6 miles) Turn right (south) on North Rampart Range Rd. Continue south past Roxborough Village and the Foothills Water Treatment Plant. (2.3 miles) At the intersection of North Rampart Range Rd. and Roxborough Park Rd. (just before the entrance to Arrowhead golf course), turn left onto Roxborough Park Rd. Take the next right on East Roxborough Dr. (about 50 yards away) to enter the park.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: State Parks Pass.
Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations. Dogs, horses and bicycles are not allowed on the trail in this park.
Lodging: Hotels in Littleton and Highlands Ranch.
Handicapped Access: ADA accessible facilities, limited access on the trails
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