The colors are steadily transforming inside Golden Gate Canyon State Park, the most underrated nature sanctuary in Colorado. Golden Gate Canyon has the best color in greater Denver every autumn as the Colorado aspens convert into a beautiful mixture of forest green and bright yellow. Eldora Lodge, supreme among Golden Colorado hotels, rests in the breathtakingly tranquil wilderness, eight miles north of Golden Gate Canyon. Hikers and backpackers from across North America choose Eldora Lodge for their overnight accommodation because we provide the best service, stunning Roosevelt National Forest views, and first-rate amenities. Embark on a hiking excursion at one of these three fall trails during your upcoming visit to Golden!

Racoon Trail

There are very few trails in the entire state of Colorado that feature better fall colors than the Racoon Trail in the northwest corner of the park. This moderate four-mile trail features “Panorama Point,” a genuinely stunning canyon overlook, and slender mountain paths with beautifully diverse flora. The Racoon Trail is one of the easiest hikes inside Golden Gate Canyon State Park, but this path is far from straightforward. You’ll likely be challenged by occasional steep climbs, rocky paths, and thin air. Many locals use the trail for mountain biking, dog walking, and horseback riding adventures.

Black Bear and Horseshoe Loop

Skilled hikers and backpackers love the challenging six-mile Black Bear and Horseshoe Loop because it’s the perfect combination of strenuous climbs, relaxing forest strolls, and rewarding overlooks. The steep, 2.8-mile Black Bear trail is one of the toughest hikes in the state park. Horseshoe, meanwhile, is a colorful, 1.8-mile gorge walk that’s enjoyed by hikers of all ages. When combined, this loop provides a sundry fusion of rocky mountains, yellow aspen forestry, and breezy meadows.

Golden Colorado Hotels

If you’re looking for another backpacking adventure inside Golden Gate Canyon State Park, try the Mountain Lion or Burro Trail Loop. After a rewarding day in our vast, colorful wilderness, bask in the gaping, beautiful Roosevelt National Forest vistas from our outdoor deck with a cold beer in hand. You’ll also have the opportunity to stargaze while soaking in our outdoor hot tub before retiring to your pristine cabin-style guest room. Eldora Lodge ranks #1 among all Golden Colorado hotels, according to TripAdvisor. Dial 1-303-642-7181 to start planning an overdue escape to the serene Colorado Rockies!