Dust flew as we drove down the washboard road that greets visitors to Roxborough State Park. Although, the Ranger’s kiosk wasn’t staffed for our arrival, we discovered we could pay using a self-service system. Since we hadn’t planned for correct change, we were just barely able to scrounge up five dollar bills and eight quarters. The quarters, however, were reluctant to enter the pay slot. Next time, we’ll bring along the correct number of bills A little further past the kiosk, the washboard road terminates in a paved loop providing access to parking and a visitors center.
Roxborough State Park is south of C-470 and reachable either from the east on Titan Road or from the north on Wadsworth Boulevard. It’s a day use park which provides neither campsites nor picnic tables. You can bring a lunch, but you’ll have to sit on a bench, rather than at a table, to eat it. You’ll also have to hike, rather than mountain bike, since riding is not permitted. To avoid experiencing poison ivy, or causing soil erosion, Visitors are required to stay on the paths.
Too many rules? Maybe. But that’s the price you pay for solitude and an expansive landscape. Like Red Rocks Park, the view features massive slabs of red sandstone, only here the view seems to go on forever. In their book, Hiking Colorado’s Geology, authors Ralph and Lindy Hopkins refer to the rock slabs as flatirons.