Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Soapstone Prairie Natural Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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7 months ago

Worth the drive.

Trail signage could use improvement.

nice hike, not hard, lots if sun shine and open spaces with lovely sprawling views.

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no shade
7 months ago

Like most of our hikes this one started in the morning hours from FOCO. The drive to Soapstone is enjoyable with the best feature being the ability to stop and view the bison herd that is west of the road into area. We got an eyeful albeit with binoculars and continued driving dodging rather large jack rabbits on the road as we went, smiling all the way! Onto the hike … If you’ve done your research you know this is a prairie, all prairie and very beautiful. But not a lick of shade and the temps rise fast. We parked in the lower lot, which was empty. The trail we took, the western arm of the Pronghorn loop, started just north and east of the lot entrance. After a few switchbacks we emerged onto the upper plateau, very grateful for the breath of fresh air after the humidity filled switchbacks. As we hiked we were watched by several male sheep from the east. Why? All the females filled the small depression to their north. Nice to watch as the sun rose behind them. Off we went into the prairie dog community. It’s a flat and fun walk, the dogs are very chatty! We made the turn around the mound and headed off to the Lindenmeier overlook. Arrival! The views are incredible and so is the history behind the area, the reason for the overlook. Had lunch, few pictures at the overlook and then hiked the Towhee Loop. Great plan and my wife spotted a deer resting on the hillside while ascending the western arm. And to her great shock, almost stepped on a snake coming back down the eastern arm. It was just off the trail, did not strike and had round pupils, so that helped regulate the adrenalin, ha. At this point we just followed the same trail back to the lower parking lot. During our hike we did not see many hikers but several groups of bikers. All were friendly, just not abiding by the right-of-way rules. It’s a great hike, take water-lots and we’ll see you on the trail!

mountain biking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Perfect moderate workout from easy areas to a bit more challenging with long moderate uphill treks, to sand-washes that can grab your tires... so get your speed up in those areas. Some parts were easy with downhill coasts and that also means you have to climb at some point to get back to the parking lot. :) Wonderful weather... would do it again!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

took all the kiddos on the trail went well

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pleasant

on Cheyenne Rim Trail

hiking
Friday, November 20, 2015

The trail begins about 100 ft north of the picnic area at the South Trailhead Parking Lot in the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. The trail meanders and gradually gains in elevation along the bluff line to the west. At about the five mile mark the gain markedly increases, but is still moderate until you gain the rim the overlooks the Red Mountain Open Space to the West. The trail is easy to follow, but there are numerous game and stock trails along the way. There are many side trails. These run to various stock tanks or are old Ranch roads. The trail is popular with horses and mountain bikes. The area is good winter range for Pronghorn Antelope, Mule deer, and Elk. The ares is also winter range for cattle.

mountain biking
Monday, July 06, 2015

Approaching the rim from the east was a great ride, but attempting to decent via the western route was very rough. Several portions of the trail were essentially riding down sand and gravel filled washouts, and extremely tight single track conditions. Would recommend full suspension.

hiking
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Approaching the Cheyenne Rim Trail from the Wyoming border is a bit tricky as there is no way to get to that end of the trail without hiking about 4 miles from Harriman, Wyo. All other roads into that area are gated. In addition, there’s no pedestrian gate in the fence where the topo map indicates a trailhead. So, it was unclear whether or not I was on public land. That said, this part of the trail offers some beautiful views of the surrounding hills and valleys. It’s an easy hike with only minimal elevation change. Watch out for the brambles along the canyon rim, though. They’re a bit tough to negotiate…

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