Enchanted Mesa and McLintock Nature Trails

EASY 167 reviews
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Enchanted Mesa and McLintock Nature Trails is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

1.9 miles
419 feet

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

no dogs

9 days ago

FYI, McClintock trail starts just to the left of enchanted mesa; this trail doesn't allow dogs, enchanted mesa does. It then crosses enchanted mesa and keeps going up (still with no dogs); when you hit the end, you can take the loop coming back down on enchanted mesa. So I'd say this loop is about half dogs, half no dogs. Loved it and found the up part on McClintock to be quite challenging - a perfect morning hike with quite a lot of shade!

22 days ago

wife and kid and I (ages 30, 5, 36) started on mesa and came back on McLintock down. had to hold his hand for fear of tripping while going down hill. half shaded during afternoon. will be back again.

1 month ago

Positives: Gorgeous trail with diverse views and lots of options to make it shorter or longer. Kids enjoyed climbing the rocks and trees, which were plentiful. The “enchanted” name is well-earned, with curved trees, riots of wildflowers, tall green grass, and a magical feel in some spots. Several options for shade along the way. No mountain bikers to avoid. Would be a great trail for inexperienced hikers, or a quick option for showing visitors how beautiful the Flatirons are. If you’re looking to walk along more of a hiking path and less road, make sure to take McClintock Lower Trail vice Enchanted Mesa Trail (though they both meet at McClintock Upper).

Negatives: *Extremely* limited parking, fairly busy on the weekends with lots of foot traffic. Recommend parking along 12th street, or catching the trail from another point other than Chautauqua Park, if possible, like Bellevue Drive or Green Mountain Memorial Park. We got there at 9am and found a curb spot on 12th near the northernmost end of the McClintock Lower trailhead, just down the street from the auditorium.

2 months ago

Great views and nice variety. Wildflowers and streams with sweeping Mountain Views.


3 months ago

Beautiful views, not very busy when I went beginning of May BUT parking is terrible in the area. We had some difficulty finding a spot, a lot of visitors for the Flatirons trails I think.

4 months ago

Rock solid trail with cool landscape. Recommended for a low-key hike. Very nice.

5 months ago

Love it. Multiple trails to chose from to vary intensity

5 months ago

Mar 2 2018. Fun trail. Crowded but not too bad. It was icey and wet but manageable

7 months ago

Awesome trail!!

7 months ago

A very easy, family friendly trail. A wide dirt road leads up to the mesa, and then continues into the pine forest.

7 months ago

A great hike for the whole family that’s not too difficult. If you want more of a challenge, there’s the chance to take a couple of different other trails along the way, too. I did this one with an injured ankle and had a great time!

11 months ago

Giving 3 stars because about half of the trail is a road-like dirt/gravel path - feels more like a "walk" than hike. Aside from that, definitely an easy hike, even when it gets rocky. When you're out of the tree cover, the views of the city and mountains are beautiful.

11 months ago

The McClintock Trail is a bit steep and includes rocky terrain and stairs. The Mesa trail is graded and easier. Heavily forested and very nice in hot weather.

Saturday, August 12, 2017


Saturday, August 05, 2017

Beautiful and diverse scenery!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Not a great hike, not many unique views.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Such a gift. Terrific for a group of almost any age and in any season. Just remember to pick up your trash and dog poop bags. Whew, nasty to see that.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Loved this hike!! Followed through to Woods Quarry. Amazing view from there. Very easy hike!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Great trail for kids and out of town guests.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Beautiful trail with wildflowers, butterflies and magpies in spring.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great hike with the fam! Perfect for kids and lots of fun trails to choose from! We were glad that we downloaded the map that helped us get back to where we started.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Great short hike for the whole family!

Monday, June 05, 2017

Good short hike with kids. Challenging but doable for a 4 and 5 year old.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Nice easy hike with plenty of shade.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

So beautiful this time of year (really lives up to the "enchanted" title) and much less crowded than some of the other Chautauqua trails.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Gorgeous views of Boulder. We got a little turned around where Kohler Mesa trail starts, and ended up accidentally going around that little spur. Regardless, a lovely, short hike.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sweet little loop trail. Gorgeous views!

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

pretty hike! awesome view at the top. fairly easy. pretty busy.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Really nice quiet hike. Be cautious we saw one black bear, smelled one, and heard one in an apple tree, all close to the trail. Really cool to see, hear, and smell them but always makes me a little nervous.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Very nice, EASY hike.

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