Just 30 miles from Denver, Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a popular place for outdoorsy people in the Mile High City. If you’re planning a visit, here are six things you need to know.

1. Golden Gate Canyon State Park is made up of roughly 12,000 acres of land.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park is quite large with 36 miles of trails. That means you’ll need to know where you’re at in the park at all times to avoid getting lost. Here’s a link to a trail map that will help you get around.

2. Golden Gate Canyon State Park is open to a wide variety of activities.

Outdoor enthusiasts come to Golden Gate Canyon State Park to do a lot of different things. It’s popular among mountain bikers, hikers, horseback riders, and in the winter, snowshoers. Be polite and courteous in a way that makes the trails here enjoyable for all.

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Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Photo Credit: @rachkiriakos (Instagram).

3. You can camp here and you’ve got options.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park is home to a mix of 152 primitive and electric campsites. They’ve also got cabins, yurts, and spots for group camping. Reservations for reservable sites can be made year-round and may have associated fees. Click here to find more information about that.

4. One spot you can’t miss is the “Panorama Point Scenic Overlook.”

From this spot, you’ll be able to see 100 miles of the Continental Divide. It’s a great view, just make sure that you bring your camera and tag #outtherecolorado in your posts on social media.

5. Golden Gate Canyon State Park is dog-friendly.

Dogs are welcome to join you in this State Park as long as they’re on a leash that’s six feet long or shorter. You also must pick up their poop. By following these rules, together we can help to ensure that this park remains open to pups.

6. There’s a good chance you’ll encounter wildlife here.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park is home to deer, elk, bears, lions, and the occasional moose. Be extra cautious around wild animals. If you bother them, the might fight back. Keep your distance and never try to feed them. Not only does feeding them mess with their diet, it also teaches them to approach humans for food.

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