West of Boulder near Eldorado Springs, the Eldorado Canyon State Park has several short day-hiking trails. Trails in the park join trails on Boulder County Open Space and City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks lands. Eldorado Canyon is a day-use only park and does not offer camping.
Directions (from Boulder) - Take Colorado 93 south from Boulder, turn right on Colorado 170 and continue to the park entrance west of Eldorado Springs, about eight miles southwest of Boulder.
Directions (from Denver) - Take I-25 North to State Highway 36, West towards Boulder. Exit at "Louisville-Superior" and turn South (left) at the light. Take the first right (West) onto State Highway 170 fro 7.4 miles to Eldorado Canyon. Continue one mile through the canyon to the visitors center.
The park trails include:
Eldorado Canyon Trail
Rattlesnake Gulch Trail
South Boulder Creek
Overall, Eldorado Canyon State Park is the 59th most popular hiking trail of all 72 hikes in Colorado.