Eldo! What can we say?! Eldorado Canyon is one of the premiere traditional climbing destinations in Colorado, if not the US. But its beauty can be enjoyed by all, not just rock climbers. If you haven’t been to our favorite state park then you should drop everything and head there right now.

The Bastille with the summit lit up by the evening light. The famous moderate route (The Bastille Crack, 5.7) is the obvious weakness going right up the center of the main face.

Eldorado Canyon draws climbers from all over the world to try their hand at some of the most famous routes in the US. The sandstone cliffs offer top tier climbing and positive holds, but the park also has excellent family-friendly hiking and biking trails and opportunities for picnicking and wildlife watching.

A-Lodge founder, Asa Firestone, leads the infamous spicey traverse on Rosy Crucifixion (5.10)
Leading the infamous, spicy traverse on Rosy Crucifixion (5.10)

If you’re interested in climbing culture, look for one of Boulder’s many talented rock climbers cruising up the infamous Bastille Crack. You may see A-Lodge Founder and Co-Owner, Asa Firestone, crushing one of his favorite climbs, The Naked Edge. If hiking or biking is more your style, then hit up Rattlesnake Gulch- you’ll be rewarded with excellent views of the Continental Divide and the Redgarden Wall. Follow your activity of choice with a dip in the Eldorado Springs pool, which opens Memorial Day. If you stick around for sunset, be sure to look for Northern pygmy owls and ring tail cats, which are quite possibly the cutest mammals in Colorado.

Asa leading the Naked Edge (5.11), widely regarded as one of the best climbs in the state of Colorado.
Asa Firestone, A-Lodge founder and Co-Owner, leading the Naked Edge (5.11), widely regarded as one of the best climbs in the state of Colorado.

Spring is the perfect time to grab your climbing shoes and head over to Eldorado Canyon State Park. There is a $7 entry fee and its totally worth every penny! To get there, take Broadway South all the way out of town to Eldorado Springs Drive and turn right (West). Follow this road to its end at the park entrance.

— Lindsay Purifoy
A-Lodge Staff