Raven's Roost and Oxen Draw Loop Trail

MODERATE 117 reviews

Raven's Roost and Oxen Draw Loop Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Conifer, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.1 miles
616 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


nature trips
8 days ago

Went on a Thursday morning and the parking lot was empty. The west side (Oxen draw) was a beautiful, shady trail. Narrow at some points, and some getting over rocks that my 4 year old had no problem with. Raven's Roost was a much wider, sunnier path with excellent views. It got very steep at some points. The park definitely felt like a place with a high probability of seeing wildlife, and saw signs of bears. Didn't see the dead horse although the warning sign for it was still up.

1 month ago

Oxen Draw has a decomposing horse just off the path. (Makes you wonder what happened!) There were signs alerting trail users of potentially increased wildlife. Mostly just the smell and flies’ abundance were noticeable.
Oxen draw was narrow, shady, rocky, and noticeably sloped. Ravens Roost was wide, more like an off-road trail for vehicles. The views were worth the climb though.
Trail is well marked, but on a Sunday afternoon, lightly trafficked. (No complaints from me!)
A few other dogs out there as well.

1 month ago

View is beautiful at the top. A lot of uphill. Very clean. Our 3 year old tackled this hike.

2 months ago

Loved the hike went on Mother’s Day. Very light traffic and easy to navigate would definitely do it again.

6 months ago

Great hike! Just be aware that there are some icy spots right now especially one area at about the mid point of Ravens Roost. The kids enjoyed sliding down it.

7 months ago

This was a beautiful winter hike! It was pretty icy in a couple spots, but besides that it was relatively easy with great views.

7 months ago

7 months ago

11 months ago

7-30-17 slight incline but great hike. Note: This trail multi use, i.e. used by horses too. It has a trail called eagle view that connects which is worth doing. Nearby is a frisbee golf course for those interested in doing a little hike and play with family too.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Enjoyable day with the family. Saw about 10 other hikers, mostly close to parking area. Extended the Ravens Roost/Oxen loop to include the shorter out and back to panoramic view of Eagle's View loop. Very worth the extra time/effort. If you want the harder vertical up Raven's Roost, turn right at the first junction. After a fairly tough climb up for our first day in Denver we began to notice all other hikers had taken a left at the junction which is less steep to the top. Rookie mistake. Some wild flowers, lots of butterflies, loud grasshoppers, a woodpecker, some really interesting red/orange bird, and the cry of an eagle (didn't see the bird but heard the call close overhead).

Took the drive south-ish from the park along the Platte River through Pike National Forest to Manintou Springs after the hike.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Great fun for me and my son. Light rain the entire hike but it ended up making the whole experience more peaceful and cool.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Taking the Eagle trail to the top of the ridge is worth the hike. At the trail head, there is plenty of paved parking and restrooms.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Really enjoyed this hike - perfect sunny June afternoon spot that's not too crowded with easy parking. I went with my 75 year old dad and good friend and our kids. She and I both carried our 21lb. baby sons plus packs and our group was able to complete the hike and feel CO legit. The views at the top of Eagle View Trail were truly beautiful and worth the effort. My tracking had the total hike at .2 miles longer than the GPS says here but no complaints. Recommend the shady side (left side?) of the hike both up and down to avoid exposure and some scree.

Friday, June 09, 2017

First hike of the season. A little muddy on the way up, and fairly steep going up, then easy on the way down. Took our dogs and they loved it. Not too crowded, but busy.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Nice trail. Peaceful. Not too busy - even on Memorial Day weekend.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

fairly easy and pretty well groomed. southern edge of trail had patches of ice from snowpack, but pretty dry this weekend 3/12/17

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

nice hike, trail is mostly dry

Monday, October 31, 2016

Nice warmup for Elbert next weekend. Only two people on the trail.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Very enjoyable hike today. My nephew from Florida was with us he also enjoyed. Probably would've been nice two weeks ago with all the colors.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Really pretty trial and eagle view at the top was totally worth it. It was moderately strenuous. Love the town of Conifer too!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Trail was really well maintained, lots of parking, not too many people. Challenging in a fun way. Definitely go to Eagle's view; 180 degree views were stunning at top. Road is easy to navigate and it's easy to find.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Today was a great day to go hiking there. Beautiful hiking, tough to get up for short time then walked around til the view spot....now that was worth it. Beautiful view southwest part of the mountains. Will return back for sure! We hiked on Eagleview trail with mix of Oxen and Roast. A must hike would be Eagleview in order to see the beautiful view

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Well-maintained trail with a steady, steep
ascent. Great mix of sun and shade; lots of wildflowers. Beautiful peak views from the top of Eagle's Nest trail. The picnic areas and bathrooms are very clean, and there is plenty of parking.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Great hike! Eagle View loop had gorgeous views. Took my three kids 7, 11, and 13 and they managed it pretty well! Definitely will do it again!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Beautiful hike! Especially if you tie in Eagle View Loop! You come around the corner at the top and get a great view including Pikes Peak in the distance! We decided to make that our view while we took a small break to eat our snacks. Plenty of wildflowers and small animals to see, along with several stream crossings that can refresh your dog if you choose to bring them.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

It's one of my favorite local hikes. If you want some pretty views, head up Eagles View Trail. You'll see the views at .5 miles. Then you can continue around and descend down the loop back to the parking lot. It adds about another mile to the hole.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Great hike, enjoyed the hills and view. Not very long, but worth it!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Hiked this trail on 2-27 for the wife's birthday, started around 8am and only saw 1 other hiker while there. We went the southern route Elkhorn to Oxen Draw first (turning left at the trail split just past the campgrounds). The trail was covered in hard packed snow all the way until where Oxen Draw meets Raven's Roost. Past that point the sun reached a lot more of the trail so snow was present but spotty. Some of the trail had clearly melted and refrozen as slippery ice sheet. We didn't have any traction gear with us and were fine, but it just required a little more caution where you stepped. If doing the full Eagle's View loop I suggest at least turning down Raven's Roost trail for the short distance to the Kennedy Gulch overlook, and then backtracking to pick up where you left off. This was a fairly easy trail and well worth the short drive from Denver.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Great Hike went up on the north and came back down on the south. Would recommend to all not very crowded.

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