Colosseum Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Camdenton, MO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Colosseum trail is a natural surface trail that winds under a natural bridge and through a large sinkhole, the Colosseum spans 60 feet, is 100 feet high, and is 70 feet wide. This natural surface trail winds under the natural bridge and through a large sinkhole, the Colosseum, and is part of the Ha Ha Tonka Karst Natural Area. In spring, you will be treated to a lovely view of flowering dogwood, redbud and serviceberry from the wooden platform where this trail begins. The natural bridge is a massive stone arch left behind when the cave system around it collapsed. It spans 60 feet, is 100 feet high, and is 70 feet wide. The natural bridge was used as a route to the castle until it was closed to vehicular traffic in 1980 because it was too narrow. It is an impressive geological feature and one of the highlights of the park. After a heavy rain, water often cascades off the back side making its way to the lowest point in the sinkhole beyond. The Colosseum Sinkhole is 150 feet deep. Spring wildflowers are abundant in this sheltered enclave, especially in the section just beyond the natural bridge where the trail is immediately adjacent to one sheer bluff side. As you start your hike out of the sinkhole at the south end, you will step between large boulders evidence of the rocky ceiling that one covered this cave room. It is a long, steep climb out of the sinkhole to near the top of the ridge, but the views of the old post office, spring and castle ruins at the top are a great reason to stop to catch your breath. The figure-eight loop then takes you across the top of the natural bridge and back to the trailhead.
The natural bridge was cool to see.
We combined the spring and colosseum trails. The trail was well maintained but some of the wood steps need work. The area is beautiful and has a lot to see. I suggest the parking lot accord from the postoffice (Start high finish high). There are parking lots at colosseum and the island. Lots of stairs and great scenery.
A fun trail if you walk passed the natural bridge! Steep grade (warning) if you do continue on. Connects through to ha ha Tonka. Completed the whole trail and went down the vertical staircase to the river which was a strenuous workout both down and back up. Very scenic and very worth it!
Nice trail with about 100 foot rise if you follow the loop in the opposite direction. Wife, kids, dog and I all enjoyed the hike. We combined a few trails to increase to about 2 miles which seemed like enough for the girls first time out. Natural bridge was great and some obstructed views of the lake and castle from the highest elevation. Next time we'll brave the Spring trail and its 318 stairs for a longer hike.
Nice trail with Natural Bridge. Water available at the Trailhead and parking is readily available. Easy connect to other trails in the area.
Great trail. It's a regular part of my weekend route in Ha Ha Tonka. Well worth the time. Grow to catch water falling from the formations of rock in the heat of the summer.
Awesome trail any time of the year.
The rock formation they call the natural bridge is pretty awesome. It's a short hike to the natural bridge. I would like to visit again in the winter for the possibility of seeing icicles hanging from the rocks.
Grew up going to Ha Ha Tonka and have great memories from there and always love going back and bringing first-timers! The castle ruins are beautiful and have great history behind them, the trails are even more beautiful and the hike on the boardwalk stairs down to the crystal clear fresh spring water is gorgeous. Let's not forget the gorgeous view of the lake! The hike back up is... lets just say you will get your workout in. If you are in the area for any reason it is worth the the trip to see with your own eyes. Something for all ages!! Ruins are handicap accessible as well.