Golden Gate Canyon State Park
|Golden Gate Canyon State Park|
Rock formations on Tremont Mountain in Golden Gate Canyon State Park
|Location||Jefferson / Gilpin counties, Colorado, USA|
|Nearest city||Golden, CO|
|Area||11,998 acres (48.554 km2)|
|Governing body||Colorado State Parks|
Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a Colorado State Park located in Gilpin and Jefferson counties northwest of Golden, Colorado. The 11,998-acre (48.554 km2) Front Range park established in 1960 has 36 miles (58 km) of hiking trails. Horse and bicycle travel is allowed on 22 miles (35 km). Facilities include a visitors center, over 100 campsites and over 100 picnic sites.
Wetland and riparian plant communities are found along Ralston, Nott and Deer creeks and small ponds within the park. Ponderosa pine, Rocky Mountain juniper, Douglas fir and aspen are found in forested areas. Commonly seen wildlife includes mule deer, elk, black bear, mountain lion, Abert's squirrel and pine squirrel. Common birds include turkey vulture, Steller's jay, Clark's nutcracker, mountain bluebird and mountain chickadee.
- "Golden Gate Canyon State Park". Colorado State Parks.