Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Conifer with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Meyer Ranch Park Trail

14 hours ago

Perfect for small kids. The aspen are stunning.

Pretty easy going trail, great for out of towners or a quick hike if you have other plans in the afternoon. We did this trail on the 4th of July and it wasn't too crowded. Also yes there is a dead horse but we thought it was interesting, so to us this trail will forever be known as the dead horse trail.

Nice simple trail. Good escape for cooler temperatures than Denver, but can be pretty warm too. Lots of trees trail and great for dogs.

Loved the hike. Easy enough for most people. Some sunny spots but a lot of in/out of trees. Pretty scenery towards the end and before the falls. Lots of mountain bikers hit this trail because of its so maintained by Parks services.

What a VIEW! Breathtaking. The hike was steep going up via Ravens but beautiful... and we sat and took in that view for a while.

This is a great getaway from Denver, this loop is nice and one should connect to the waterfall trailhead. Bikers were more in numbers than hikers.

Beautiful trail!! will add to my favorites.

Saw hummingbird s

Awesome trail before we finally gave in to the storm following us and turned around at the Pikes Peak overlook. Gorgeous views there and all the way up to it

We love it's close convenience to Denver. It's beautiful year round.

hiking
11 days ago

A friend and I started at 7am on Sunday. We stayed right on this trail and came down though the trees as the day warmed up. The horse was not stinky at all when we were right by it, but down wind/down trail about 5 steps....whoaaaaaNellie....holy stank!!!! Definitely still hold your breath as you pass it. Great hike otherwise :)

This was pretty but we couldn’t finish the loop because we ran out of water. No water source for the dogs. Made it to one of the breaks in trees to see a view. Will definitely go back to finish. When it’s not so hot! Dead horse doesn’t smell so bad anymore. Sad to see though.

Trail was scenic, but with the elevation gain was pretty steep at times for my young kids. We made it around the whole loop pretty quickly though even with the steep grade. In all a nice hike that was closer for us since we live on the south side of Denver.

This was a good hike for my friends from out of town.

Perfect for a quick 4 miles or so. Beautiful

hiking
14 days ago

Nice hike if you’re on a short time frame. It’s also kid friendly.

hiking
17 days ago

Great easy trail. Will come back with grandkids.

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.

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

First time on this trail today. Took my 3 year old daughter & labradoodle today. We started on the Oxen trail & onto Eagle View trail. After weighing our options after reading all the Dead Horse signs, we decided to go for it. We passed the dead horse which is off the trail & somewhat covered up in the ditch to the right of the trail. We scurried by & didn’t smell a thing. Steady incline on way up. Lovely bits of shade & sun on a mostly dirt & sand trail. There are areas of rock but not overwhelmingly.

The views at the top are beautiful. It’s a bit steep on the way down. I was giving my daughter a ride on my shoulders most of the hike - up & down- so I was a bit nervous on way down.

We saw lots of wildflowers & butterflies! Even saw a deer in the wooded portion. We’ll be back!

Great after work hike. Pretty steep in the beginning if you take a right where the loop starts, but a good workout. incredible views once you get a little bit further than the halfway point. I went solo and there is no service so it’s the perfect way to escape and unplug for a couple of hours. I saw a few other people but generally light traffic for a weekday afternoon.

Saw a bear!

Nice hike, good workout and great views. We did this on a Wednesday night and only saw two other folks- great weeknight escape from the city heat. There was an advisory sign still posted for the horse but if you follow the route outlined on this site you wont pass it. Elkhorn to Ravens to Eagles View at the top and then it loops you back to Ravens to head down.

Arrived about 10am on a Saturday, still plenty of spots in the parking lot. I would say it was light to moderate hiking traffic, there were times you wouldn’t see someone for a while so it was nice! Definitely more of a moderate than easy level hike simply because of the elevation gain. The Oxen portion of the trail had a dead horse on it according to some signage so I re-routed and went up to the right, up Ravens, and up to Eagle, then cut across to ravens again to avoid the horse and any potential predators etc.

The View from the top of eagle was amazing, way better than I expected, and when you come up from the right you don’t see it until you are at the very top so it’s more shocking and aw-inspiring that way!

Not a ton of shade from the trees but enough to take breaks in. Basically until you get to the top of Eagle it is uphill so be prepared for a workout. Would definitely recommend

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike- steep climb at the beginning and beautiful views at the top. The horse is covered now so walk quickly and you’ll pass it just fine. We encountered lots of aggressive horseflies

Hiked Ravens to Eagle to Ox, the initial rise during ravens was steep, but the trail was wide and clear. The view from Eagle was worth it. The descent offered a more decent view and a heavily forested trail in Ox. The loop can be completed for all ages and levels. All in all a good hike for a couple hours in the woods.

Great hike this morning. Stayed right out of the parking lot to avoid the dead horse on Oxen. First section is challenging but levels out at about halfway and it’s just an awesome trail. Just enough to get a good workout in!

Eagles View> Ravens Roost

Went last weekend. Easy trail - no drastic uphill climbs. Views and scenery were wonderful. Not too crowded either!

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful hike. Previous reviewers spot on to keep to the left, with the exception of the second “turn” we made we took every left we could the only right was from songbird to elkhorn in the very beginning.

From the trailhead we took the second left path which I believe was songbird which led us to a crossroads where we stayed to the right onto elkhorn. We the took the second sign for oxen draw and stayed to the left and took every left thereafter (to connect to eagles view and to ravens roost and back to elkhorn). Note to those hiking in the next days, BEWARE on the oxen draw portion there was a dead horse to the right side of the path which we smelled long before we saw. I’ve contacted Jeffco, but had to leave a message so unlikely to be cleaned soon.

Otherwise, the views were pretty (a little smokey in the distance but I can imagine that’s the result of the fires). We saw a ton of butterflies and heard cicadas throughout. Note there are big black (horse?) flies along a good portion of the trail. We go to the trailhead and were the third car there but by the time we finished two hours later the lot was mostly full.

Great trail! Huge Parking lot. Not too many cars parked for a Wednesday June 13th. There was a posting that there was a deceased horse on the trail. A volunteer told us that it was more than likely a "fresh kill" so we stay away for the Oxen trail and took the steep incline trail to eagles view. Great views looking South and only 35-40 minutes away from Denver.

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