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Eldorado Canyon Image via: Julie Kruger Photography

 

With the warm weather, it’s time to head out and explore the surrounding parks and trails around Boulder. One of Boulder’s best parks sits a few miles south of the town itself, and boasts beautiful scenery and rich history.

 

Eldorado Canyon beacons as a mecca for local rock climbers. The state park is renown for its beautiful sandstone walls, pocked with thousands of rock climbing routes. Any serious climbers in Boulder should not pass up a chance to experience the world class routes in Eldorado Canyon.

 

However, for the more causal adventurer, Eldorado Canyon offers miles of winding trails, easily accessible from the road. The South Boulder Creek twists its way through the canyon, and provides a cool respite for weary adventurers. Check out the Eldorado Canyon Trail for beautiful views, or the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail. The Spring and Fall seasons are the optimal times to explore this park: as variable winter weather makes access to the canyon difficult, and high summer heat turn the sandstone walls into a furnace.

 

When finished with your canyon excursion, take a relaxing dip in the Eldorado Springs Swimming Pool. This historic pool draws water from an artisanal spring. The crystalline blue hues are so deep, that most people think the pool is artificially dyed blue. The historic swimming pool opened in 1905 and originally served as a luxury resort for the Denver Elite. Today the pool is much more welcoming