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5.0 mile 8.0 kilometer loop


Ascent: 398' 121 m
Descent: -405' -123 m
High: 6,841' 2,085 m
Low: 6,531' 1,991 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)


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

Richard Cota

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

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.


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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May 11, 2019
Jack Leech III
Fort Carson 8mi
Apr 19, 2019
Paul Francis
Nov 21, 2018
MTB Newbie
Snowmelt, dry trail mix, great fir beginners 4.9mi
Sep 23, 2018
Craig Horton
Sep 17, 2018
Marian Håbesland
Sep 14, 2018
Ryan Bruce
The sand is a real killer on the way back up (counter clockwise). Good balance practice 10mi
Sep 9, 2018
P Maes
Aug 26, 2018
Eric Vitucci

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 35 votes


  3.5 from 35 votes
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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
Meghan Hollaback
Evergreen, CO
Meghan Hollaback   Evergreen, CO
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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