CO Posted in Colorado July 10, 2015 by Annie These 10 State Parks In Colorado Will Knock Your Socks Off Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and explore — and what better way to explore than by checking out these 10 gorgeous state parks located in your own backyard?! 1.) Lory State Park Flickr/Brett Levin Flickr/Brendan Bombaci Located just west of Fort Collins, Lory State Park offers "mountain biking, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding amid some fabulous foothills scenery just minutes from Fort Collins and adjacent to Horsetooth Reservoir." 2.) Eleven Mile State Park Flickr/bmyeraz Flickr/Jasen Miller Best fishing in Colorado. Period. 3.) Eldorado Canyon State Park Flickr/Max and Dee Bernt Flickr/Keith Considered by many to be the gem of Boulder, Eldorado State Park offers a variety of family fun including hiking, climbing, and plenty of wildlife watching opportunities. 4.) Golden Gate Canyon State Park Flickr/John B. Kalla Flickr/nwlynch Located 30 miles from Denver, Golden Gate Canyon is home to 12,000 acres of lush meadows, forests, and rocky ridges. 5.) Cherry Creek State Park Flickr/MAD Hippie Life Flickr/Cathy McCray An oasis in the city, Cherry Creek is a nature lover's dream with its camping, boating, and horseback riding opportunities. 6.) Cheyenne Mountain State Park Flickr/Cathy McCray Flickr/Rob Lucas Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Colorado Springs, Cheyenne Mountain State Park is home to 2,701 acres of unique prairie-to-peak ecosystems. 7.) Chatfield State Park Flickr/re_vised Flickr/Michael Levine-Clark Lovers of water sports unite at Chatfield Reservoir! 8.) Mueller State Park Flickr/huhwhatme Flickr/Patrick Standish These photos are reason enough for Mueller to be one of our top 10 state parks! 9.) Roxbourough State Park Flickr/James Bailey Flickr/James Bailey Hike amongst magnificent Fountain, Lyons, and Dakota Hogback rock formations at this gorgeous park! 10.) Barr Lake State Park Flickr/J. Stephen Conn Flickr/J. Stephen Conn Escape the hustle and bustle of city life when you stroll the nearly 9 miles of scenic trail. Once you're finished, try your hand at the 12-lane archery range! Which Colorado State Park is your favorite?