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9-22-13 Sampling the Seasons At Roxborough State Park (Summer)

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. 

Recommended Gear:  


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.

From Wadsworth
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]

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  • Mary T.

    Thank you all for being such a good group to work with, interested in learning about photo opportunities and lighting conditions in various parts of the Park with a sprinkling of naturalist commentary. FYI - A visitor stopped me as I was leaving the park to show me his photo of a rattlesnake on the Carpenter Peak Trail - it was about 2.5 feet long and apparently felt it had the right of way!

    September 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Mary, Thank you so much for all of the incredible information you and Stan provided today!! It was a wonderful tour and I would definitely recommend it:)

      September 22, 2013

  • Sam M.

    Awesome! What a treat. Mary and Stan were super - thank you for being such great guides. The whole group was so nice and friendly I would love to run into them again.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you so much Mary Taylor and Stan! It was an awesome morning. I learned a lot from you both --- where the prime spots are for seeing wildlife, how the sunlight moves through the park at various times of the day, good vantage points and prime times to take photos in the different seasons and so much more about the geology and the ecology of the park and it's inhabitants. It was everything you promised and more. A very enjoyable morning indeed with a great group of fellow meetup members new and old. I'm glad the weather turned out great as well......nice and cool AND no rain!

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • RyGuy

    I just joined the group and this sounds phenomenal but I am helping someone move. I'm most certainly going on the other predetermined days!

    September 21, 2013

  • Markus

    Is this still happening? Looks cloudy with T-storm possibilities.

    Is 8am early enough to get good light?


    September 21, 2013

  • kelly k.

    I only have my camera phone (13 mp) and an underwater point n shoot... feel a little intimidated... but, would love to come out

    September 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No worries Kelley. There are some amazing photos being taken with camera phones these days.....even by some pros. Most of us would argue that it is the person clicking that button that makes the picture and not the equipment. Hope you'll join us!

      1 · September 21, 2013

  • Karen D.

    SWEET! Can't wait! See you all there.

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • Kristal K.

    This session is a go! Weather should be awesome!

    September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds interesting. In currently unemployed and on a budget, what does the cost cover?

    September 20, 2013

    • Jesse M.

      The $28 is the fee that is collected by Friends of Roxborough (not for profit). Friends of Rox will provide the Naturalist and a previous winning photographer to help you explore locations. It does not include the $7 park admission fee. If you have an annual Co State Park Pass then you don't need to pay the $7. The $7 park fee is per vehicle. The park pass lasts all day too, so you can come back in the evening under different light.

      September 20, 2013

  • Karen D.

    Is this still on, or has it been cancelled due to lack of participation?

    September 19, 2013

  • Jesse M.

    The cost does not cover the $7 entrance fee. Friends of Roxborough will use the proceeds of the event to support the educational and interpretive mission of Roxborough State Park. The park would still like its $7 for daily operations. The $7 entrance fee is per vehicle.

    September 16, 2013

  • Charlie L.

    Does the cost cover the entrance fee?

    September 16, 2013

  • David Brown E.

    Hmmmm this looks like fun.

    September 6, 2013

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