Antelope and Bitterbrush Trails

MODERATE 21 reviews
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Antelope and Bitterbrush Trails is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lyons, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

4.4 miles
856 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers


no dogs

Vault toilets at the Bitterbrush Trail.

5 days ago

Wasn't able to do the hike. Got to the trailhead at 10am on a Monday in the beginning of May and there was no parking available. Looks like there was only room for a max of 10 cars, if that. The 2 mile road leading up to the trailhead was all marked no parking.

3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous every time!! Just wanted to let people know that when I went up here on 2/7, where the Bitterbrush Trail meets with Antelope Trail, there's that gorgeous meadow and prairie dog community to look out on. My friend and I definitely saw a mountain lion walking around far from us among the prairie dogs, so please be a aware that one has been seen very recently!

3 months ago

Beautiful hike, did the Antelope to Bitterbrush to the Nelson Loop, then back down Antelope. We got here about 8am and saw more then 50 deer and 10+ bucks on the hike. Might go a little earlier next time to avoid the influx of mountain bikers we encountered after the half way point. Also, if you get to the Nelson loop, go clockwise to get the best views of Longs towards the top.

8 months ago

heads up for mountain bikes
good cool weather hike

11 months ago

Great trail but too many bikes. they were all polite but it was still a nuisance.

11 months ago

Terrible parking, lots of biking traffic. But it was still great! Though we had to stop for a lot of bikers, they were all friendly, the view was beautiful, and we got in a good workout that wasn't too killer. Very close to the town of Lyons, as well.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

As others have said, lots of mountain bikes (which isn't a problem) but severely limited parking (which is). The trail itself was a really nice out and back with plenty of wildlife to see.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

As others have mentioned, very few parking spots available so I would advise against going during popular hiking times. Lot's of mountain bikers on this trail network, moreso than hikers. Opportunity to see deer, prairie dogs, turkey. I'd list this as closer to easy than moderate, but there is a lot of uphill in the beginning.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

There are ten parking spots and no alternate lot. Good luck.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Love this one. Just enough ups and downs. Beautiful colors. Watch out for the mountain bikers, friendly but will run you over if you aren't paying attention.

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