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Roxborough State Park

Roxborough State Park
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Location Douglas County, Colorado, USA
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Coordinates

39°25′47″N 105°04′09″W / 39.42972°N 105.06917°W / 39.42972; -105.06917Coordinates: 39°25′47″N 105°04′09″W / 39.42972°N 105.06917°W / 39.42972; -105.06917{{#coordinates:39|25|47|N|105|04|09|W|type:landmark_ |primary |name=

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Roxborough State Park is a state park of Colorado, United States, known for dramatic red sandstone formations. Located in Douglas County Script error: No such module "convert". south of Denver, Colorado, the Script error: No such module "convert". park was established in 1975. In 1980 it was recognized as a National Natural Landmark.

Geography

Roxborough State Park, a Script error: No such module "convert".[1] Colorado State Park, is known for dramatic red sandstone formations. Located in Douglas County Script error: No such module "convert". south of Denver, Colorado. In 1980 it was recognized as a National Natural Landmark because of the number of ecological systems and geological formations. It is also a State Historic Site and National Cultural District because of the number of archaeological sites.[2]

Geology

Roxborough State Park is a designated Colorado Natural Area and National Natural Landmark for its 300-million-year-old red sandstone Fountain Formation that tilt at a 60 degree angle. The park includes great examples of exposed Precambrian to Late Mesozoic hogback, monolithic and spire formations from the Permian, Pennsylvanian and Cretaceous age. Carpenter Peak's exposed granite is from Precambrian era.[3]

Flora and fauna

The park consists of forests of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir, prairie land, and woodlands that support many forms of wildlife. There are 145 bird, over 50 butterfly and moth, and 11 amphibian and reptile species. Mammals commonly found in the park include black bear, coyote, deer, elk, fox, mountain lion, prairie dog, and rabbit.[4] Sources of water include Little Willow Creek, Willow Creek and Mill Gulch. Elevations range from Script error: No such module "convert"..[5]

Visitors

The park has visitors center with exhibits, a bookstore, and restrooms.[6]

There are six hiking trails in Roxborough State Park, a network of easy to moderate trails that also connect to Douglas County trail system, Pike National Forest and Waterton Canyon trails.[7]

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Fountain Valley as seen from Lyons Overlook, Roxborough State Park

See also

References

  1. ^ Roxborough State Park. Colorado State Parks. Retrieved 9-28-2011.
  2. ^ Roxborough State Park Interpretive Master Plan. pp. 7-8, 11. Retrieved 9-28-2011.
  3. ^ Roxborough State Park: Geology. Colorado State Parks. Retrieved 9-28-2011.
  4. ^ Roxborough State Park: Wildlife. Colorado State Parks. Retrieved 9-28-2011.
  5. ^ Roxborough State Park: Geology. Colorado State Parks. Retrieved 9-28-2011.
  6. ^ Roxborough State Park: Facilities. Colorado State Parks. Retrieved 9-28-2011.
  7. ^ Roxborough State Park Trails. Colorado State Parks. Retrieved 9-28-2011.

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