Thursday, November 24, 2011

Carpenter Peak (Roxborough State Park)

Elevation : 7166 ft / 2184 m

Roxborough State Park is a treat and it is close to the metro area, just about eight miles from C-470. The 3,339-acre park is known for its dramatic red-rock formations.

Roxborough is a great place to bring visitors. The Fountain Valley Trail is a 2.3 mile loop that winds through the rock formations and is considered easy to moderate.

When you are ready for a long, harder hike, then consider Carpenter Peak. Carpenter Peak is a 7,160 feet high peak that gives visitors an impressive view of the area.

All of the hikes in the park start at the Visitor's Center. Before you start, stop inside and read the board with the list of wildlife sightings. Roxborough State Park is home to a range of wildlife from birds to deer to black bears.

The Carpenter Peak Trail starts at a sign board just outside the Visitor's Center. Behind the sign is a beautiful rock formation. Hike south through the trees and around the formation to a view of the valley east of the park. When you come to trail splits, keep following the signs that say "Carpenter Peak." The hike starts fairly flat for the first half-mile giving you a chance to enjoy the scenery and warm up.
Roxborough State Park is a unique Colorado State Park with a collection of spectacular red rock formations. Easy hiking trails meander throughout the area. It’s also great for bird watching. In fact, “Audubon Colorado” says that over 157 species of birds have been seen here.

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