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Dawson Butte Open Space Trail

 3.5 (28)
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Length

5.0 Miles 8.0 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

398' 121 m

Ascent

-405' -123 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

6,841' 2,085 m

High

6,531' 1,991 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 2 days ago
Dry - Very sandy in certain areas especially around the 3mi mark. History

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A five-mile loop through forested areas with open meadows and views of the Front Range Mountains.

Richard Cota

Overview

The trail is also used by hikers and horseback riders, and pets on a leash are allowed.
Dogs: Leashed

Description [Suggest Changes]

The five-mile loop trail on Dawson Butte Open Space travels through mostly forested areas with open meadows and views of the Front Range Mountains. The trail follows gently rolling terrain but near the bottom or southwest part of the trail, there's a section with a lot of sand.

Going clockwise from the parking lot, the first two miles of the trail are through meadows populated with stands of scrub oak. This portion of the trail descends about 400 feet. At the two-mile mark, the trail begins to climb and for the next two miles passes through a Ponderosa pine forest. A picnic area is located at mile three.

The trail climbs steadily for the last three miles, and after mile four passes through the top of a meadow before ending at the parking lot. Multiple side trails allow for a customized ride of varying distances. The trail provides numerous excellent views of the Front Range and the Palmer Divide.

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Jun 17, 2018
Trinity Webb
Jun 16, 2018
Jay Elmore
Very flowy all clear, very sandy especially around 3mi mark, go right at beginning for a fun ride! 5mi
May 15, 2018
Dan Poler
5mi
May 7, 2018
Nonathan Salter
Very sandy on a lot of the track. 5mi
Mar 31, 2018
Jean L
Feb 18, 2018
PJ S
Nov 8, 2017
Mike Palamara
4.9mi
Oct 15, 2017
Louize R
5mi

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 28 votes

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  3.5 from 28 votes
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#248

in Colorado

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I ride both horses and MTB at this park - I have found both communities to be respectful and polite - share the trail - don't be a jerk or act like you are the only group that has a right to be here - it goes a long way. My horse can spook, my bike - not so much, be aware on the trails - have fun out there! Jul 15, 2016
Really nice relaxing ride, but rather annoying horse owners let their horses just poop all over the trail and don't clean it up... May 7, 2017
A nice easy 5mile ride for my 48 yr old arthritic knees. It takes 30-40 min. Downside was avoiding all the horse poop. Aug 14, 2017

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