Colosseum Trail

MODERATE 49 reviews
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Colosseum Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Camdenton, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
65 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

cave

forest

wild flowers

The Colosseum trail is a natural surface trail that winds under a natural bridge and through a large sinkhole, the Colosseum spans 60 feet, is 100 feet high, and is 70 feet wide. This natural surface trail winds under the natural bridge and through a large sinkhole, the Colosseum, and is part of the Ha Ha Tonka Karst Natural Area. In spring, you will be treated to a lovely view of flowering dogwood, redbud and serviceberry from the wooden platform where this trail begins. The natural bridge is a massive stone arch left behind when the cave system around it collapsed. It spans 60 feet, is 100 feet high, and is 70 feet wide. The natural bridge was used as a route to the castle until it was closed to vehicular traffic in 1980 because it was too narrow. It is an impressive geological feature and one of the highlights of the park. After a heavy rain, water often cascades off the back side making its way to the lowest point in the sinkhole beyond. The Colosseum Sinkhole is 150 feet deep. Spring wildflowers are abundant in this sheltered enclave, especially in the section just beyond the natural bridge where the trail is immediately adjacent to one sheer bluff side. As you start your hike out of the sinkhole at the south end, you will step between large boulders evidence of the rocky ceiling that one covered this cave room. It is a long, steep climb out of the sinkhole to near the top of the ridge, but the views of the old post office, spring and castle ruins at the top are a great reason to stop to catch your breath. The figure-eight loop then takes you across the top of the natural bridge and back to the trailhead.

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20 days ago

easy trail, bridge is pretty cool.

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1 month ago

loved it

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3 months ago

Fun to see the natural bridge, great hiking trail but be careful for dogs pads as some small sections were very rocky terrain.

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3 months ago

Natural bridge was awesome. The hike out was very rugged terrain. Recommend hiking boots with good ankle support.

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3 months ago

Nice trail. Enjoyed the outing.

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6 months ago

could've had more information on the fork. when you get near it, veer left to the rock steps.

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6 months ago

Very pretty loop trail that features the Natural Bridge formation - lots of climbing if you complete the entire loop.

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9 months ago

Loved the natural bridge! This was a great trail as well. Lots to see along the way!