Explore the most popular views trails in Chatfield State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Chatfield Dog Park

8 days ago

My dog loves this park! He loves to swim here!

trail running
12 days ago

Perfect for trail running this time of year! No mud and lots of beautiful views! It’d be a little hot in June/July since there isn’t any coverage on the trail. The road/trail is very wide so it accommodates all the bikers, runners, and hikers (including strollers) just fine!

Perfect trail for running! I saw a baby rattlesnake and lots of bighorn sheep.

walking
15 days ago

I had heard this place being referred to as Disneyland for dogs so of course we had to go. Even on a mid morning Tuesday it was busier than expected. It was nice to have the pup off the leash and he had a great time playing with other dogs. Not sure if it was because there were so many other people and pets there or the worn trails and well used areas but it still felt urban to me. I’m hoping to find an off leash place with long stretches for solitude and contemplation but this wasn’t it. Still a nice outing for the pup and socialization.

Soooooo many false summits. So beautiful tho! Wear pants and watch for rattlesnakes! We saw one on the trail.

Nice easy stroll for anyone. Nice views. You’ll encounter some mosquitos around the lake/pond areas but otherwise a great trail.

Pretty boring trail, not a lot of access to the water, lots of people, little shade. I did enjoy seeing the goats though.

hiking
1 month ago

Very flat hike. Good for beginners. You pretty much get the same view the whole way, but it's gorgeous! I only went about 3.5 miles in and turned around. Lots of traffic on a Sunday, but the trail is so wide hikers, bikers and runners can enjoy in harmony.

mountain biking
1 month ago

We went for a bike ride, it's a beautiful place, mountains, river, bighorn are some of the things you can enjoy on the walk, an easy way for the little ones.

Did this trail on bike. Very beautiful scenery. Saw mountain goats and Deer right next to us. Kind of windy for a bike ride..down hill was fun!

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice trail if you are looking for something easy. I was able to do it with my 2 year old with no problem. wide flat trails are both stroller friendly and easy for little legs. If you are looking for an awesome hike I wouldn't recommend it, but I'll definitely do it again.

Very light traffic. Recommends long sleeves and full pants. Sunrise is little relief. Good for morning workouts but definitely not a worthy hike

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was dry. Physically demanding but the vegetation and views left something to be desired. This might improve as flowers start to bloom. very light traffic. Recommend wearing long pants and sleeves. The brush is stiff and overgrown.

Little traveled hike starts off to the north side of Waterton Canyon under the pipes. Fairly steep, great views. As people have said there are many false summits. The true summit is clearly marked by a metal pole with cans on the top. If you don't see this...look for more trail! At the base of this pole is a jar with notepad to sign your name. Enjoy the trail!

Very easy, nice hike. I was there on a Thursday at 11am and hiked the whole thing to the reservoir. Lots of wildlife, and lots of humans. I was joined on my hike by probably 20-25 people. I can't imagine how crowded it would be on a weekend.

Great challenge with a few rock scrambles. Just as the others have stated, walk with the heard of people towards the lake, then turn right after the overhead pipes. After this, the trail is a fun challenge. Lots of sun with little shade. Wear long sleeves!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice calm relaxing hike. Not much to see but gets you close to nature

Love this dog park but you do have to pay state park fee plus dog park fee.

2 months ago

3/10/18. This was a fun but challenging hike. It begins off of the main rd. Under the pipes and to the right. There’s no signage. Then it continues to the slight left up a rocky incline. Trekking poles would be so helpful. Especially when descending. There was lots of soft dirt and loose rock. The trail was really easy to follow until you get near the top, but every time I was unsure there was a cairn left by a friendly hiker, so keep your eyes out for cairns. The way back was tricky. I was off path for a while which can be treacherous since it is very steep in parts. I had phone reception (ATT) luckily, so I could reference the map to see how far off I was. When coming down, it seemed easiest to follow to the left but I still got lost. It’s also very exposed and sunny. Beautiful views.

trail running
2 months ago

So, I originally came here to hike but it was all flat, straight trail and decided to trail run and enjoyed the scenic. If you're here to hike, you might get bored since it doesn't have any excitement on trails but if you're a runner, you'd be appreciate the view, wide road to share with bikers and hikers. Ran into lots of mountain goats and it was a bonus. My rating is between 3 to 4, but give 4 stars for a special nature and wildlife experience.

It was a very warm and sunny day for a hike (61 degrees March 4th!) so we warm the whole time! You are on the ridgeline the entire time so if you burn easily, I recommend sunscreen. The trail towards the summit starts right in between the two big pipes that run over your head on the Waterton Canyon Trail. It is very steep in some sections so I recommend going hands free at those times due to the incline! It was a great workout! The views were not particularly stellar, but still a great time spent outdoors! Happy hiking!

It's a flat road, so no "hiking". Great views and that babbling river. The sheep were waaaay up on the mountain, but we saw them. A passerby told us they come down to the road more often in the Summer.

Great running road for training. I would frequent this more often since I live close, but no dogs and my Sadie is my running partner.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike today. Be careful in the middle. Snow/ice covering some steep rocks. I didn’t put my traction on but probably should have for a bit at least. False summits are great. And there are several. Trail can be tough to follow in spots. Find the cans at the top then you’re there. I came out at 7.6 miles 2580’ elevation from the parking lot. Pretty interesting in spots. Was the only person on it. Did see the sheep on the way down.

on Goat Mountain Trail

2 months ago

I agree there were a lot of false summits. If you follow the cairns left by others, you will find your way. Three quarters of the way to the end you encounter a lot of snow. Wish I brought gloves. I got to a point where the cairns seemed to lead over a snow covered ledge. I saw no footprints and the way wasn’t clear, so I turned around. I’ll attempt again in warmer weather. Lots of loose rock and gravel made the hike down more treacherous than the climb up.

Good for Sunday morning strolls or jogging. Typically see a tribe of mountain goats and a few mule deer. Very popular and busy from early in the morning until afternoon.

didn't make it today, just to the last false summit.

Loved the hike. It was strenuous but we'll worth it.

Recommend having trekking poles, and yak Trax this time of year. Also, recommend having a partner there's not a lot of traffic and some if the scrambles could make for a very bad day.

walking
3 months ago

My favorite dog park so far... very large with swimming areas for the dogs. You have to pay the fees. We live close so its worth the annual pass.

hiking
3 months ago

Great with little ones.

nature trips
3 months ago

see lots of amazing wildlife and full of history! make sure you take a look around for the farm house!

Easy, flat running trail with great views after the first mile. Bighorn sheep, deer, and wildlife galore in December. Long, but worth it.

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