This new state park opened to the public in 2013, some 27 years after the land was donated. With a dramatic waterfall, serene ponds, and stunning granite cliffs and rock formations, it’s a Front Range gem. It also feels more like wilderness than a state park, due to a deed restriction that dictates it be left 90 percent undeveloped. There is no camping.
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- Don’t come to the park without hiking to Elk Falls Overlook, the only way to get a decent glimpse of the namesake waterfall, which plunges 100 feet down a cliff. It’s 11 miles round-trip, but the trail is flat much of that distance.
- Rock climbing is not allowed March 15 – July 31 at many spots in the park to protect nesting raptors.
Recommended season(s): Year-round, though boot spikes may be helpful in winter for ice and snow.
—R. Scott Rappold