Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space Trail

EASY 121 reviews
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Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Larkspur, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
374 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

washed out

hiking
15 days ago

Very nice hike, lots of beautiful scenery to take in! One minute you're walking in an open field, then the next you're surrounded by trees. Very peaceful. There were alot of horses to share the trail with, but the riders were very respectful to us, slowing down so not as must dust/dirt blew up by us. I would definetly recommend this trail to anyone looking for a relatively easy hike.

hiking
15 days ago

Loved it! Beautiful, varied terrain. We even saw a coyote! Trail sign indicates 5 miles, my gps said 6, so I’m going with 5 1/2.

20 days ago

Nice trail. No real challenges. It was a bit dusty/sandy with portions of the trail feeling like you’re walking on a beach. Pretty views and nice tree shade for about 3/4 of it.

1 month ago

Did this trail a week ago for the first time and enjoyed it. Very relaxing and scenic

hiking
2 months ago

A pretty nice walk through meadows and forest. No snow or mud. Just sandy trails. A great way to wear out the pups!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trails, nice views. Good balance of hills and flats, woodlands and Meadows. Saw a couple elk and few deer. Very few people for a Saturday afternoon.

hiking
3 months ago

A great little hike to get your blood pumping. Trails are still snow packed and muddy in exposed areas. Nothing too bad anywhere. Several areas to stop and enjoy a sandwich or granola bar with a view.

Dog owners seemed relaxed; responsibly leashing dogs when near other folks.

hiking
4 months ago

3 stars for hiking, maybe 5 for horseback. It is a very nice trail, just not appropriate for hiking. Best for Horseback, trail running, or taking the kids for a stroll. Very crowded

hiking
6 months ago

Nice walk. Fair amount of horses, bikes and dogs. Everyone was pleasant. Bring lots of water for the dogs. They can get pretty thirsty. Temps were in the low 70s with lots of sunshine. Great hike for someone just getting back into hiking or just getting started.

hiking
7 months ago

This easy trail has very little elevation change and almost no rocks on the trail itself making it an easy hiking. Throughout this trail you will hike through well shaded Pine forests and sun drenched open spaces. Trail 360 on YouTube

trail running
7 months ago

Nice easy trail, I like running this on a recovery day or to loosen up during your tapering time before a race.

hiking
8 months ago

Great winding trail through the meadows and the trees, the open area's can roast on a hot day. A little smelly from the horse traffic but not unbearable. And me and my friends GPS tracking apps wouldn't agree that it's the posted 4.99mi trail...closer to 5.5mi.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail hiking loop with my 8 year old son. The trail itself was pretty sandy in some stretches or I would have given it 5 stars. There are some elevation sections, but nothing beyond an EASY rating. Over half of the loop is in the woods and brush for shade.

9 months ago

this is one of my favorite trails because of it's layout and variety of terrains but is way overused by horses. just so much horseshit.

10 months ago

Did this hike a couple years ago. it's ok with no difficulty at all. trail meanders through the woods and remains very flat. no access to the butte at all and you are competing with horses most of the way. not a great place for kids.

hiking
10 months ago

Our first hike after a long break. This trail walks you down into the valley and up. It was a steep haul up on our way back. Maybe best to start on the SE side, that is steeper and hike up the less steep NW side on the way back.

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked on a snowy and muddy spring day with the dogs. Pretty views, mellow outing.

hiking
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Trail report 12/28/16: Snow, ice, water, mud in some of the shady spots on the trail, but mostly dry. I liked this loop a lot. It's ideal for people who like to wander, meander and roam. If you seek elevation gain, you will likely be disappointed. It's a nice blend of meadows and Ponderosa pine forest. Some of the trees are very old. I went midweek, so, not a lot of folks on the trail. I saw 2 equestrians, 2 trail bikers and 2 trail runners over the 5 mile loop. I hiked it solo, which felt safe and comfortable, but there are big kitties out there- glad I had my bells on. Overall, a very relaxing hike. I also liked that they have off shoot trails for horseback riding which include some cross country horse jumps. Looks like fun!

mountain biking
Friday, October 21, 2016

Had a great ride here today. Stunning scenery and fun, fast singletrack. Just watch out for the horse *^$#!

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Beautiful loop.

trail running
Sunday, October 02, 2016

This trail was fantastic, especially good for trail running due to the flatness and fairly stable surface. It had beautiful fall color low level trees and bushes in addition to pine forest and open Mesa. Several great views of the butte emerge as the trail meanders through one beautiful setting after another.

hiking
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Fairly easy trail but it had recently been flooded which required a detour. The detour was poorly marked and took us back to where the detour started. We took the access road our which put a damper on the hike. Normally, I think it would be better.

hiking
Sunday, April 10, 2016

loved this trail! love thar it was a loop. love that it was rugged but not too difficult. loved the varied terrain. loved the view. do note that there are many horses.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Very enjoyable hike!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Great hike around sunset, with awesome views of Pike's Peak and Devil's Head. From wide open meadows, to forest areas, this trail has it all! Unfortunately I only made it about half way and had to turn around and go back the way I came, as it was getting dark. But I'll definitely be back during the daytime to do the entire loop!

hiking
Monday, December 28, 2015

Perfect for an everyday hike.

hiking
Friday, June 19, 2015

Nice easy hike with coverage from sun most of the time. The only thing I didn't like is there is about 1 to 1 1/2 miles of the trail where you hear road noise. Good place to feel secure if you want to hike alone. Enjoyed seeing horses on the trail.

hiking
Monday, May 25, 2015

Nice easy hike. About 5 miles total. Lots of rain lately so expect to hike through some mud. If you are hiking I suggest start right and if you are mountain biking left will give you a nice downhill experience. Trail is well marked and easy to follow. Benches are placed about every half mile and there is a small picnic area at the beginning and halfway point. Should be good for kids as well

hiking
Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fun! A bit muddy after lots of rain. Well marked.

horseback riding
Sunday, March 29, 2015

Great super easy trail for horses. We went without saddles and it was a wonderful relaxing ride!

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