Roxborough State Park

Here in the southwest suburb of Denver is a little gem of a state park, called Roxborough State Park. You wouldn’t know how beautiful it is by driving the roads around the outside of this park.  It’s hidden behind the Dakota Hogback and when you come around the corner into the park you are greeted with beautify red rock formations that rise from the valley floor in dramatic fashion!  It’s truly a site and awe-inspiring beauty!

Once a month they open for sunrise and so if you don’t mind the early rise you will be greeted with spectacular contrasts of the sun shining off the rocks in the early morning. This particular sunrise morning there was quite a bit of over cast so the sun didn’t peek out until about an hour after sunrise, but I happen to catch it from the Fountain Valley Overlook.  Here’s a panoramic view of Roxborough State Park.  Truly a gem hidden away just minutes from Denver.

Roxborough State Park

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  • Andy Smith

    Very nice shot. I didn’t know they ever opened early. Is there some schedule online? Thanks.

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Thank you Andy. Thanks for visiting my website and I appreciate the comment!
      Occasionally they will put a note on the announcement column of their homepage http://www.parks.state.co.us/parks/roxborough/Pages/RoxboroughStatePark.aspx
      but I usually will just call the office and ask when the next sunrise opening will occur. I believe it’s just during the summer months and so I think last month was the last one until Spring (April or May). I could be wrong so call the office to make sure.

  • ljsaltiel

    Never heard of this park before. Great shot and worth getting up for. I think Colorado has to be a destination for next year (I am travelled out this year).