Roxborough State Park is often referred to as one of the crown jewels of the Colorado State Parks, and deservedly so. Photographers and tourists alike can’t help but marvel at the towering rock formations and the opportunities to walk among wildlife that is quite comfortable with humans in their midst. From spectacular panoramic views to small birds and mammals rustling in the underbrush of the oak islands at the base of the rocks, the photo ops seem to be everywhere. And no two days in the Park are the same!
(Image is one of the winning photos for the 2014 calendar)
The Friends of Roxborough State Park sponsor an annual photo contest and calendar featuring photos taken in Roxborough State Park. The contest opened to the public in 2013 and the photos in the 2014 calendar provide a sample of the photographic opportunities available in the Park.
Sessions will start in the early morning for optimal light and color and last about two hours (any earlier and the sunlight will not have reached over the foothills into the park). Your $7 entry fee is good for 24 hours. You can stay all day or leave and return later in the day.
This Session is the 1st in a Series of 4!
Duration: Two hours per session beginning at the Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m.
Registration Limit: 15 per session
Cost: $28 per single session or $100 for all four. No refunds. (Note: Meetup will be accepting only single season payments. If you want to save money by paying for all 4, please email [masked] and I will send you an invoice via Paypal to submit $100/4 sessions)
All proceeds go to support the educational and interpretive mission of Roxborough State Park.
Note: In addition a Colorado State Parks Pass or a $7 day fee is required for admittance to the Park.
Focus: This series consists of four two-hour sessions (sampling the seasons) walking the trails with a seasoned naturalist and a photographer who knows the Park from a winning photographer’s point of view. Sessions will provide insight into locations within the park for great photos of the geology, weather phenomenon, spring wildflowers, birds, bears and other fauna. The purpose is to familiarize participants with the opportunities available in the Park during different seasons, with the assumption that you will return on your own as often as you can when the time and conditions are just right! Maybe one of your photos will make it into the annual Friends of Roxborough State Park calendar.
Dress in layers appropriate for the season and check the weather forecasts: Mornings tend to be windy and cooler than you might expect
Comfortable shoes for walking 2-3 miles on sandy gravel trails
Bring your own snacks and water.
Who Should Sign Up?
Anyone who wants to learn more about the seasonal photo opportunities available in one of the most beautiful state parks in Colorado. If you are interested in submitting photos for the 2015 contest, you will learn about the philosophy o purposeful photography that drives the selection of photos for the annual calendar, and the value of photos that intrigue and tell a story through the flora, fauna, geology and other natural and historic features in the Park.
How to get there: Google Roxborough State Park. Bring cash and give yourself time to pay the $7 parking fee (cash only - at the self-service kiosk by the park entrance) if you don’t have an annual pass. Parking is limited so car-pooling is advised.
Do not confuse Roxborough State Park with the Roxborough Park housing development. The State Park entrance gate is just past the fire station and you will soon find yourself on a dirt road. Mule deer and bluebirds provide wonderful photo opportunities along the entrance road. We will meet in front of the Visitor Center on the patio near the bathrooms.
Take Wadsworth south past Chatfield State Park. Turn left on Waterton Road (just before the entrance to Lockheed Martin.) Continue on Waterton Road—crossing the South Platte River, until it ends at North Rampart Range Road (1.6 miles) Turn right (south) on North Rampart Range Road. Continue south past Roxborough Village and the Foothills Water Treatment Plant. (2.3 miles) At the intersection of North Rampart Range Road and Roxborough Park Road (just before the entrance to Arrowhead golf course), turn left onto Roxborough Park Road. Take the next right on East Roxborough Drive(about 50 yards away) to enter the park.
From Santa Fe
Head south on Santa Fe (Highway 85) to Titan Road. (4.2 miles south of C-470 intersection) Turn right (west) on Titan Road. Continue heading west on Titan Road. It will curve and begin to head south—becoming North Rampart Range Road (3 miles). Continue south on North Rampart Range Road past Roxborough Village and the Foothills Water Treatment Plant (3.5 miles). At the intersection of North Rampart Range Road and Roxborough Park Road, turn left onto Roxborough Park Road. Take the next right on East Roxborough Drive(about 50 yards away) to enter the park.
Park Contact Information:
Park hours vary by season.
The gate opens at 8:00 a.m. from September through April. The Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Phone: [masked]