Distance: Approx. 4 Miles
Elevation at RSP: 6280'
Difficulty Level: Green
Trailhead Fee: State Parks Pass or $7.00 per car entrance fee
Bathrooms at TH: Yes
Date Skied: 04 Dec 2011
Overview: When it snows, hit up your local state parks! The trails are well marked and maintained and most citizens head to the ski resorts, leaving the visitor with the solitude they seek. Roxborough State Park is a true jewel of the Denver area and gorgeous in all seasons. The wide and rolling trails offer excellent accessibility and views of the red rocks. Just a short drive from Denver, this park is a must for visitors and locals alike.
The Ski: It's a rare occasion in Denver to have snow on the ground - typically a person has to drive to the mountains for snow sports. This week was an exception. Chad and I went X-Country skiing at Roxborough State Park. Roxborough continues to be a magical place, always free of crowds and has four seasons of adventure to offer. It's a small park, but every time we go we have a fresh, new, and different experience. There is nothing quite like the white snow on the red fins. We skied the Fountain Valley Trail loop to the Elk Valley Trail.
A gentle incline on the Fountain Valley Trail. The trail is wide enough to allow herringbone if you need it on the uphills.
Snow gathered like cotton puffs on the tree limbs.
We carried our skis the short distance to the Lyons overlook.
The snow on the red rocks fins is spectaular.
Chad thinks that I'm hungry - but I swear these fins look like gingerbread cookies with icing.
Completing the Fountain Valley Trail loop and heading on to the Elk Valley Trail
There are six homesteads within the park. I highly recommend the Roxborough History Tours offered by the Rangers for details and quirky stories.
What a lovely adventure. Now time for a well earned beer!