Travois Trail is a 21.1 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 21.1 km Elevation Gain: 656 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

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bugs

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On weekends, you can only ride on even numbered days. During the week, it is multi-use and you can ride any of those days. There is a seasonal closure of the Elk Range trail, usually during late spring/early summer. Be sure to check and make sure this portion of the trail is open. Otherwise, you have to ride up Douglas Mountain Road to Camino Perdido Road to the north parking lot to rejoin the other end of the Travois Trail. This trail is a great mix of open meadows with rocky strenuous areas. There are only three creeks for water for dogs so bring lots of water. Centennial Cone Park is one of the largest parks in the Jefferson County Open Space system. The park offers visitors a vast, back country-type experience. When setting out to enjoy this expansive park, plan accordingly for your own health and safety.

hiking
1 month ago

The northern section of this loop, Elk Ridge Trail, is closed seasonally from February 1 to June 15th to protect elk during their calving season. This means this loop, based on the map provided, is not possible during these times.

great trail with lots of elevation change. no snow and almost no mud as of 4/25/20

1 month ago

This trail and all of Centennial Cone is closed to hiking and equestrians on even-numbered weekend dates, and rangers will issue fines. This is for safety reasons due to the narrow trails and steep slopes.

hiking
icy
muddy
no shade
1 month ago

running
icy
muddy
2 months ago

Ran on 3/16 - Nice rolling trail with spots of mud and ice (in the shady areas). Good amount of it is exposed which felt nice during the spring but could get toasty during the summer. Thin trails so be wary of mountain bikers.

mountain biking
icy
muddy
snow
6 months ago

Varied long loop with good climbs and fun, fast descents. Some patches of packed snow and mud on this day. Mostly on the North facing slopes, and down in the valley. No sections of impassable snow, and no sections longer than 100 yds.

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

running
6 months ago

The loop is closer to 12 miles and 1800 feet of elevation gain. Ran this November 9th 2019 and the conditions were very good with a few snowy and icy spots. the trail is easily traversed and will marked, and not overly technical.

mountain biking
rocky
8 months ago

Absolutely awesome trail. Good mix of everything a mountain biker wants. Just be advised if you bomb mayhem gulch. It dead ends at a parking lot and if you are parked on the other side of the mountain. Be prepared to pedal back up it.

hiking
no shade
off trail
private property
8 months ago

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

Used this to acclimate to altitude enroute to Breck area for rest of week. About 12.5mi. Not much wildlife and a few houses/trailers on the northwest side of the loop. Few distant views (more sound) of river on SE part. Not breathtaking but a great start to a hiking trip if you live at sea level. Elevation not too tough if at all experienced and/or in moderate shape. Went early (0800) and was done by 1.

hiking
9 months ago

More of a service road. Pretty exposed and not very technical, it would be a pretty long hike, biking it was fine but got boring after a while.....

hiking
9 months ago

Gorgeous views, hardly anyone on the trail, decent climbs, very open so bring sun protection

mountain biking
11 months ago

Great route for moutain bikers, it will be a long trek for hikers. Note that on weekends there are alternating days for hikers/equestrians and mountain bikers. Hikers/equestrians are odd days and mountain bikers are even.

hiking
11 months ago

Pretty nice trail with great views. Not much shade so be prepared for it

hiking
11 months ago

2019-07-01 Hiked the exact loop shown and recorded 13.9 miles and 2033 feet in elevation gain with Garmin Fenix 5. Beautiful wildflowers on this trail. Great views toward Golden and Lookout Mountain. Was able to catch glimpses of snow capped mountains to the west. A section on Travois Trail and Juniper Trail were above a creek with rapids. The sound of the water was so loud it drowned out the road traffic... totally awesome! Loved the diversity of this trail. Hike it early if you do this trail in the summer because there is a lot of exposure and storms move in during the afternoon. Started pouring on me the last tenth of a mile.

hiking
11 months ago

I did the hike today and it was 12.7 miles according to my Alltrails recording. There were so many wildflowers and it was a pretty hike. It would be a great place to run. Just make sure you go on the days that there are no bikes allowed. It went really fast because there is not really a lot of steep incline. You can hear traffic on part of the hike but just pretend it’s a flowing river and you will get by quickly! The last mile you can see the parking lot and you will be glad. It’s better to go counter clockwise. Not a ton of shade, so glad we started at 7:00 am. I was feeling blessed to have cloud cover and a breeze for the last 6 miles. Never did see a river.

hiking
no shade
rocky
11 months ago

Parts of the trail are rocky but not much. Wasn’t a lot of shade today. Towards the end we lucked out with some cloud coverage. The trail says 13.1 miles. I tracked mine at 13.9 miles. Beautiful scenery. No bikes today. Lots of butterflies but didn’t see any other wildlife. Started the trail at 7 am and finished around noon. (Went counterclockwise route)

hiking
11 months ago

Trail is closed til June 15 but we did part of Travois and it was super nice. Great trail.

hiking
Sun Jun 02 2019

Such a beautiful trail! It’s nice and clear, not too technical for trail running. It’s fairly exposed but there is some shaded areas toward the end of the trail. The views are unreal! Will definitely be back.

hiking
Wed May 29 2019

Very nice trail! On a day when all the other trailheads around it were packed, we were able to find parking and enjoy a quiet, mostly easy hike here. Great views and not too difficult or muddy.

hiking
no shade
Sat May 25 2019

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