LEISURE AND RECREATION
GOLDEN GATE CANYON
Located just 30 minutes from Denver, this
relaxing mountain escape offers
thousands of acres of beautiful forest, with
miles of trails for hiking, biking, and
Nestled in more than 12,000 acres of
forest, rocky peaks, and aspen-rimmed
meadows, visitors will discover Golden
Gate Canyon State Park. Two different
campgrounds provide either electrical
hook-ups or tent sites. Amenities include
stocked fishing ponds and picnic areas.
Visitors will also enjoy the Panorama Point
Scenic Overlook, with its spectacular
100-mile views of the Continental Divide.
With its breathtaking scenery, Panorama
Point is a popular spot for weddings.
A variety of scenic trails wander through
meadows and aspen groves, and are a
splendorous site in the height of autumn.
Sightseers and photographers alike will
appreciate the changing colors of the
leaves. More active recreation
opportunities include mountain biking,
horseback riding, and hiking.
Fishing is exceptional in Golden Gate
Canyon State Park and is permitted
anywhere except in the Visitor Center’s
Show Pond. Hunting is permitted only in
the Jefferson County portion of the park,
from the Tuesday after Labor Day through
the Friday before Memorial Day.
The park’s many picnic sites—offered on
a first-come, first-serve basis—include
tables and charcoal grills.
Reverend’s Ridge and Aspen Meadow
campgrounds each have numerous
campsites and provide a unique camping
Reverend’s Ridge includes five camper
cabins and two yurts, which can house
up to six people each. Ninety-seven sites
( 59 of which have electrical hookups)
also can accommodate trailers, pickup
campers and tents. Campers don’t need
to sacrifice comfort, with facilities that
include flush toilets, shower and laundry
facilities and a dump station. Each
campsite can accommodate up to six
Aspen Meadows campground contains
35 sites for tents only, and in general is
more primitive. It is perfect for campers
looking to “rough it.” Around mid-
October, the campground usually closes
for the season, although the exact timing
of the closure is weather dependent.
Simple facilities available to campers
here include a water pump, vault toilets,
and designated campsites with table, fire
rings, and high use tent pads. As with
Reverend’s Ridge, each campsite is
limited to a maximum of six visitors.
Several sites accommodate horses (call
the campground for more information).
Guests looking for luxury should
inquire about the Harmsen Ranch
Guest House, a fully-furnished overnight
accommodation. This four-bedroom (each
with a queen bed), two-bath ranch
guesthouse is equipped with a full
kitchen, linen service, gas fireplaces and
can accommodate up to eight guests. An
outdoor deck on the ranch includes a gas
grill for cooking up a feast, and a large
corral area has room for eight horses. This
is the perfect spot for a group of
equestrians who need overnight
accommodation for their horses. It is
located between Reverend’s Ridge and
Aspen Meadows campgrounds and has
easy access to trails, Panorama Point and
Dude’s fishing hole.
Golden Gate Canyon’s Visitor Center is
found at the intersection of Golden Gate
Canyon Road (Highway 46) and
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