Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space Trail

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Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Larkspur, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.9 miles 435 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

washed out

mountain biking
1 month ago

Had a great ride here today. Stunning scenery and fun, fast singletrack. Just watch out for the horse *^$#!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful loop.

trail running
2 months ago

This trail was fantastic, especially good for trail running due to the flatness and fairly stable surface. It had beautiful fall color low level trees and bushes in addition to pine forest and open Mesa. Several great views of the butte emerge as the trail meanders through one beautiful setting after another.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Fairly easy trail but it had recently been flooded which required a detour. The detour was poorly marked and took us back to where the detour started. We took the access road our which put a damper on the hike. Normally, I think it would be better.

hiking
7 months ago

loved this trail! love thar it was a loop. love that it was rugged but not too difficult. loved the varied terrain. loved the view. do note that there are many horses.

8 months ago

8 months ago

Very enjoyable hike!

8 months ago

Great hike around sunset, with awesome views of Pike's Peak and Devil's Head. From wide open meadows, to forest areas, this trail has it all! Unfortunately I only made it about half way and had to turn around and go back the way I came, as it was getting dark. But I'll definitely be back during the daytime to do the entire loop!

hiking
11 months ago

Perfect for an everyday hike.

hiking
1 year ago

Nice easy hike with coverage from sun most of the time. The only thing I didn't like is there is about 1 to 1 1/2 miles of the trail where you hear road noise. Good place to feel secure if you want to hike alone. Enjoyed seeing horses on the trail.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Nice easy hike. About 5 miles total. Lots of rain lately so expect to hike through some mud. If you are hiking I suggest start right and if you are mountain biking left will give you a nice downhill experience. Trail is well marked and easy to follow. Benches are placed about every half mile and there is a small picnic area at the beginning and halfway point. Should be good for kids as well

hiking
1 year ago

Fun! A bit muddy after lots of rain. Well marked.

horseback riding
1 year ago

Great super easy trail for horses. We went without saddles and it was a wonderful relaxing ride!

walking
2 years ago

This was a very easy hike but can get very warm and loud near the roadway. Be alert as we saw several rattlesnakes and bull snakes along the trail.

hiking
2 years ago

As my wife posted previously, bring water. We unfortunately ran dry about 2 miles before the end. I suggest going clockwise as the views that direction seemed so much grander. Be aware of the horse droppings nearly every 10 feet, but that's a perfectly acceptable occurrence since you will see some absolutely beautiful horses. Everyone we came across was friendly and that always makes for a pleasant hike. This is an amazing hike and quite easy for all skill levels. Get out and enjoy this loop!

hiking
2 years ago

This is a beautiful trail head. Not to many bikes but a lot of horses. There is a lot of shaded areas and breathtaking landscape. Very well maintained, we checked our fit bit and this trail was 5.5 miles from start to finish. Bring lots of water an comfortable clothing as it can get quite warm in the summer. We will be doing this one again.