This Colorado National Landmark is located just outside the Denver area. The park was established to protect the area’s unparalleled scenery and resource values while providing opportunities for hiking and learning about Colorado’s natural heritage. Roxborough’s spectacular geologic setting supports a unique mixture of prairie and mountain species and makes for one of the best photography locations along the Front Range. This photo tour is perfect for those on a short time budget. We can have a lovely hike and get plenty of photos while still getting you back by noon.
There are well over two dozen flower varieties natural to the park and you will have no trouble at all finding them during their peak season as they are everywhere. Often Big Sun will hold wild flower photography workshops here because of the easy access. The best time to see the flowers is from May through June. Early June generally being the prime flower month for the front range.
Wildlife includes bobcats, elk, bears and a wide variety of birds. Oh! and let’s not forget our slithery friends. Colorado has a variety of snakes including rattlers which frequent the area. So be sure to keep your eyes on the trail while we hike (which can be difficult with such beautiful views).
Hiking trails in the park are well maintained and can be accessed easily from the main parking lot. There are trails for all fitness levels here. Very easy trails within the one mile range (even wheel chair accessible to some degree), moderate trails which still allow you amazing views of the rock formations and overlooks of the entire park. And one strenuous trail about 6.4 miles long with about 2,000 feet vertical which will allow us to view the park from far above.
Photo Tour Notes: The Park is open year round; however, the hours will vary with the seasons. Basically dawn to dusk. Since the foothill mountains block the evening light from hitting the rocks, we have to arrive early in the morning to capture the best photographic opportunities.