Roxborough State Park

Wildlife at Roxborough State Park

Wildlife

Visitors to Roxborough State Park often see mule deer, black-tailed prairie dog, coyote, cottontail rabbit, red fox and rock squirrel. Occasional observations of elk and black bear, and rare sightings of mountain lion and bobcat also occur. Eleven of the sixteen species of reptiles and amphibians that could be expected in the park based upon range and habitat information have been recorded at Roxborough. These include western rattlesnake, milk snake, snapping turtle, short-horned lizard, Woodhouse?s toad and western chorus frog. Over 50 species of butterflies, moths and skippers have been are documented in the park.

145 bird species
Roxborough?s bird list is a compilation of over twenty years of bird observation and contains 145 species, 42 of which nest in the park. Raptors, songbirds, waterfowl and grassland species, such as vesper sparrow and western meadowlark occur in the park. Visitors often observe canyon wren, western tanager and broad-tailed hummingbird among other birds. Many sensitive species are present as well, such as ferruginous hawks and burrowing owls. A golden eagle nest is located on the Fountain Formation just outside of the park boundary.

Directions

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 (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 (about 50 yards away) to enter the park.