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The bighorn sheep are totally worth the hike. I couldn’t believe how close we got to them. I could have reached over and petted one had I not been so petrified that one would ram me!!

The Dawson Butte Trail is relatively flat and well marked. It runs through pine forests and more open spaces with meadow and mountain views. A sign at the trailhead warns mountain lions are active in the area, but we didn't see any trace of them. It seems to be a popular horse trail, so watch your step!

This trail is convenient from Denver, has amazing views, and most times you’re able to see big horn sheep!!

Loved the hike and the variety of scenery. With the recent snow, the trail was a bit muddy in places,, but completely hikeable in tennis shoes.

trail running
12 days ago

This is Colorado trail running at its finest for me, in the mountains but not steep, a place where 4 miles feels like you barely started.

It was AWESOME to see the big horn sheep

Good hike. Very flat with good scenery. The only drawback is the sandy trails in some parts and the frequent piles of horse poop on the trail.

Easy trail with shade and nice views. Considerable traffic noise along Tomah road but lessens on the north side of the loop. Lots of horses to keep you company. Would be a great family outing.

Something new around every corner.

Good trail for family’s and seniors. Bathroom facilities along the trail!

easy terrain but very unclear trail around the halfway point, I could not find the correct path and ended up backtracking

Great easy trail to bring sea level guests who enjoy walking and wildlife.

Great trail - nicely marked. Had dog bowls intermittently for our puppy. Big boulders for the kids to play on. Great views of the front range, Pikes Peak and eastern towns.

Beautiful trail with a medium crowd. Moderate is an accurate rating. Aspens were beautiful!!

Great walk in the woods, lots of fun with many places to stop and take pictures. Several benches and a few picnic tables. Open to horses so lots of "road apples" on the trail.

Great hike suitable for kids

This trail was about 40 minutes from us. WELL worth the drive, great scenic look overs, lots of rock formations. Unfortunately a lot of off leashed dogs with irresponsible owners, but we’ve been finding it everywhere lately. None the less, we will be back many more times!

my favorite trail in the area

nice Sunday walk, the aspens are changing and there were lots of places to stop and take pictures. a little bit busy

Less of a hiking trail, more of a massive road.

The aspens are beautiful and we caught the meadow in beautiful late afternoon light. Not too many people on the trail, especially once we got to the loop. Not too difficult and a quick drive from Denver.

Loved it! Easy diverse terrain and beautiful views. Not crowded. Easy parking.

It was a nice trail. Shaded parts and also parts in the sun. Nice views way up high. Fun hike overall.

Shaded soft trail is great for running. Lots of lovely sounds from the creek and wildlife. Dog loved wading in the water.

Good trail (road). There is not a lot of shade, so would definitely advise doing it earlier in the day. Was able to see roughly 20-30 mountain sheep, I always enjoy seeing wildlife.

Love this trail! But I prefer biking it to hiking it. I'm always hopeful to see a herd of bighorn sheep and some rams (my mother in law saw a bunch of rams by the dam a couple of months ago). I've seen a few bighorn sheep (loners) and a black bear.

road biking
2 months ago

Biked this today. Good amount of people for a Wednesday morning, but was alone for most of my time out there.
I am not a mountain biker, but enjoy biking so this was a great trail.
Saw a few small sheep and a dead snake.

mountain biking
2 months ago

I’m pretty happy we found this area. We have hiked it and have bikes it. The scenery is absolutely beautiful; you might even spot some sheep on the side of the mountain. It is easy walking it biking.

2 months ago

On the way back, I’d recommend staying on the trail rather than getting on the Centennial Trail as there’s a nice stretch through young aspen.
Long Gulch is a gentle trail, in pines and/or aspen most of the way. The traffic on 67 repeatedly pulls a person out of a trail trance. That’s the price for a trail that is this accessible.
To paraphrase legendary Gazette sports copy editor Ray Evans: It’s the type of trail people who like this type of trail would like.

hiking
2 months ago

A great hike through lots of terrain to get some miles in without a lot of elevation.

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