Golden Gate Canyon State Park

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Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Tremont Mtn Golden Gate State Park.jpg
Rock formations on Tremont Mountain in Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Map showing the location of Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Map showing the location of Golden Gate Canyon State Park
LocationJefferson / Gilpin counties, Colorado, United States
Nearest cityGolden, Colorado
Coordinates39°49′51″N 105°24′38″W / 39.83083°N 105.41056°W / 39.83083; -105.41056Coordinates: 39°49′51″N 105°24′38″W / 39.83083°N 105.41056°W / 39.83083; -105.41056
Area11,998 acres (48.55 km2)
Established1960
Governing bodyColorado Parks and Wildlife

Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a Colorado State Park located in Gilpin and Jefferson counties northwest of Golden, Colorado. The 11,911-acre (48.20 km2) Front Range park established in 1960 has 42 miles (68 km) of hiking trails.[1] Horse and bicycle travel is allowed on 27 miles (43 km). Facilities include a visitor center, over 100 campsites and over 100 picnic sites.[2] In 2017 the park recorded 866,326 visits.[1]

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. Visitors also occasionally spot moose, which are increasing in the park. Common birds include turkey vulture, Steller's jay, Clark's nutcracker, mountain bluebird and mountain chickadee.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Golden Gate Canyon State Park Fact Sheet for Fiscal Year 2017" (PDF). cpw.state.co.us. Colorado Parks & Wildlife. June 30, 2017. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "Golden Gate Canyon State Park". Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
  3. ^ "Nature - Golden Gate Canyon State Park". Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Colorado Parks and Wildlife.