Eldorado Canyon State Park, a short drive from Boulder, CO, is immediately impressive. Cliffs tower overhead as you enter.

South Boulder Creek flows below in the bottom of the canyon.

South Boulder Creek
South Boulder Creek

We decided to hike Fowler Trail, which winds along the cliff edge. It offers great views of the creek gushing below and the peaks above, including many climbers scaling the rock faces.

Fowler Trail, Eldorado State Park
Fowler Trail, Eldorado Canyon State Park

Fall was in full swing when we visited. The colors were stunning.

Autumn colors in Eldorado State Park
Autumn colors in Eldorado Canyon State Park

Fowler Trail follows the route of an abandoned railway venture, which is why the path travels through two large cuts in the rock wall. It is also why the trail is very flat.

Fowler Trail, Eldorado State Park

We really enjoyed the iron-rich rock coloration here.

On our way back, it started sprinkling. The sunlight through the rain was beautiful.

Fowler Trail, Eldorado State Park

At about 4 miles total (2 out and 2 back), Fowler Trail is a short but beautiful day hike. We had a great time!

Fowler Trail, Eldorado State Park


  1. It’s so nice you live close to such beauty and that you share it with all of us. I really enjoy the photos- it’s my visual vacation. My best to you both.


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