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Dawson Butte Open Space Trail

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 3.6 (46)

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


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5.0

Miles

8.0

KM

Singletrack

6,841' 2,085 m

High

6,531' 1,991 m

Low

398' 121 m

Up

405' 123 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Family Friendly Easy ride, lot's of people and horses on the trail.

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

Need to Know

Be aware, this is a multi-purpose trail, hikers, bikers and horses are permitted on the trail.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Richard Cota with improvements by Chaz H

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 46 votes

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  3.6 from 46 votes
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#107

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#321

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Photos

Looking towards Perry Park and Rampart Range
Jul 24, 2019 near Perry Park, CO
Flowing singletrack ideal for young riders.
Jul 9, 2016 near Perry Park, CO
Plenty of curious wildlife nearby Dawson's Butte.
Jul 24, 2019 near Perry Park, CO
A group of deer just next to the trail.
Jul 24, 2019 near Perry Park, CO
Dawson Butte.
Jul 9, 2016 near Perry Park, CO
A peaceful meadow and the Front Range Foothills.
Jun 6, 2017 near Perry Park, CO

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Apr 30, 2021
Cat Evans
5mi
Apr 10, 2021
Adam Ragsdale
Family ride with 7 year old Parks 5mi — 1h 15m
Apr 9, 2021
Gordon Fortune
Feb 8, 2021
B B
Snow and mud city. Still fun to get out over lunch! 4.6mi
Jul 26, 2020
Amy D
Jul 26, 2020
Matt Orrin
Jun 19, 2020
Ryan Gibbs
Super fun and not too hard. Sand is a bit weird to ride in spots though.
May 30, 2020
Larry Baugh