El Paso County, Colorado

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Top Chillin Spots in and near El Paso County

  • Pine, Colorado

    Dispersed Camp at the Buffalo Creek Area in Pike National Forest

    3.8
    50 miles from Denver, nestled in Pike National Forest, there are dozens of free dispersed camping sites. With quick access to the Colorado Trail and Buffalo Creek Mountain Bike Area, these campsites make for a perfect weekend getaway. The campsites begin on Forest Road 550, and are clearly marked...
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  • Calhan, Colorado

    Photograph Colorado's Paint Mines

    4.9
    0.25 mi
    About an hour from Colorado's busy Garden of the Gods is a multi-colored hoodoo valley called, The Paint Mines. Similar in appearance to Utah's popular Goblin Valley, The Paint Mines offer colorful hoodoo formations making your photography here even more awe inspiring.Getting to the park is easy,...
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  • Guffey, Colorado

    Paradise Cove

    4.5
    From Colorado Springs, follow RT 24 to the town of Florissant (34.5 miles). From Florissant, follow Teller County Road 1 south for about 9.2 miles, until a Y fork, and bear right, into County Road 11. Follow County Road 11 for 4.1 miles, until a T intersection, and make a right turn at the inters...
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  • Lake George, Colorado

    Camp and Fish at Eleven Mile Canyon

    4.4
    Located below the dam of the Eleven Mile Reservoir, Eleven Mile Canyon is a scenic spot for camping, fishing, hiking and climbing. There are four different campgrounds to choose from (Cove, Riverside, Spillway and Springer), though only one campground remains open during the off season. Getting t...
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  • Cañon City, Colorado

    Shelf Road

    5.0
    Shelf Road, which was once a toll road from Cripple Creek to Canon City, is now a maintained dirt road that most high clearance two wheel drive cars can make.  It will take over an hour to travel the 25 miles or so, and it can be completed going from north to south or the opposite.  I will explai...
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  • Cañon City, Colorado

    Climb at Shelf Road

    4.4
    1.5 mi / 400 ft gain
    Shelf Road is secluded, rural, and has great climbing. There are so many areas to choose from and it has a great diversity of route levels (mostly sport routes). My personal favorite area is "The Gallery" and "The Bank." Everyone is friendly and gives each other a hand.Sand Gulch Campground, righ...
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  • Aurora, Colorado

    Walk the Cherry Creek Dog Off-Leash Area

    4.5
    3 mi
    Cherry Creek Dog-Off Leash Area is an extended part of Cherry Creek State Park and encompasses 107 acres of fenced-in play area. Within the park there is a 3 mile loop trail that takes you through the trees and along the Cherry Creek. What makes this park so great is the several access points to ...
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  • Denver, Colorado

    Washington Park Loop

    2.34 mi / 72 ft gain
    Washington Park in located near Denver South High School is the perfect spot for a run, walk, or an afternoon picnic! This paved loop is just over 2 miles and offers up scenic views of both Grasmere Lake and Smith Lake. This is also a family-friendly destination with a playground for the kids and...
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  • Cañon City, Colorado

    Drive Skyline Drive

    5.0
    Skyline drive is a one way scenic roadway mainly going north to south. The 3 mile drive takes you about 800 feet above Cañon City. It starts on the west side of 50, and ends in a residential neighborhood southwest of where it begins. There are multiple pull offs on the right and left side of the...
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  • Morrison, Colorado

    Explore Red Rocks Park in Winter

    4.3
    Red Rocks is a bustling park in the summer when its famous amphitheater is filled with concerts. In winter though, the park dies down and becomes even more quiet when snow is falling. Grab your camera and head to the park during a winter storm to truly enjoy the beautiful red sandstone formations...
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  • Evergreen, Colorado

    Boulder The Eggs on the Hidden Fawn Trail

    1.3 mi / 171 ft gain
    Looking for a place near Denver to perfect your bouldering skills? Or are you wanting to get the whole family out, but not looking for an extreme/technical hike? Which ever question best describes you, Alderfer/Three Sisters Park is the perfect place to go.This Jefferson County Open Space Park ha...
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  • Denver, Colorado

    Mile-High Steps at the Colorado State Capitol

    Denver proudly wears the nickname "Mile High City," and the Colorado State Capitol offers a chance to literally stand a mile above sea level. But there's a playful twist! The exact "mile-high" step has been a source of amusement for over a century. The 13th step is the current official marker, bu...
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