Fountain Trail Hike at Roxborough park in South Denver

July 19, 2010 Comments (8) 2-3 Miles, About 45 Min, best winter hikes colorado, Colorado State Park Hikes, Deer, Easy, Handicap Accessible, hikes with kids denver, littleton hikes colorado, Red Rocks, Rock Formations, Ruins, visiting family friends, Wildlife

Fountain Valley Trail at Roxborough State Park

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The Fountain Valley trail in Colorado’s Roxborough State Park is the Garden of the God’s of Denver. It’s more secluded than Red Rocks park, and features several trails that take you beyond the park boundaries and into the foothills. The Fountain Valley Trail is a perfect place to start because it features the best part of the park, it’s towering slabs of red rock. Explore the hiking profile below for all the trail details, trail map link, and driving directions to the trailhead for this easy Colorado hike.

Roxborough State Park is Denver’s twin sister of Garden of the God’s in Colorado Springs. The beautiful Lyons and Fountain formations climb from the valley floor and create a wonderful space for a quiet hike, birdwatching, and viewing wildlife.

The trail is a loop. You can start on the valley floor, then work your way up to the high trail that looks down and across the fountain formation (photo above was taken from around the midpoint of the high trail). On our visit we encountered several whitetail deer and a variety of birds flitting about in the scrub oak that grows in the valley. The initial part of the trail are handicap accessible, but the trail soon becomes a more narrow dirt trail.

There are some ruins of an old estate along the trail and interpretive signs telling about the history of the valley. We would recommend this trail for families with small children and especially for folks visiting Denver and looking for something fun to do. The low elevation is great for out of towners who may not have the time or capacity to get up into the mountains. Dogs are not permitted, so be sure to leave fido at home. Because this trail is in Roxborough State Park, a fee or Colorado state parks pass is required. See the Roxborough State Park Fees page for details.

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8 Responses to Fountain Valley Trail at Roxborough State Park

  1. Jim Esten says:

    You can visit in the winter also.

  2. Yes! The snow on the red rock makes for some incredible natural contrasts, and parts of the park are shielded from the wind. Makes for great winter hikes.

  3. Abe says:

    Great hike on a cool morning. 1-2in on the ground and it was beautiful. Definitely worth the $7.

  4. Laura Cardon says:

    Great hike in the winter! It may be a bit muddier now after the warm weather, but Fountain Valley was a perfect beginner-friendly loop. Check out my trail guide here:

  5. Mike says:

    Are any special types of shoes required with the current weather? Would hiking boots suffice or snow shoes?

  6. Mike, at the time of me writing this, we have about 2 inches of snow on the ground, so I would think that hiking boots would be sufficient.

  7. Thu says:

    Is it friendly for a young family? We have a 1 year old and 4 year old. We are visiting in February 2017.


  8. Yes! Roxborough is a great place for family hikes. I’d recommend the Fountain Valley trail.

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