Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space Trail

Dawson Butte Open Space Parking Lot Expansion Project
October 9 – November 3, 2017
The Dawson Butte Open Space parking lot expansion project will begin on Monday, October 9.  This project will increase capacity of the horse trailer parking and provide citizens easier access to the open space. Construction will take place weekdays through November 3. During the construction, it will be necessary to intermittently close the horse trailer parking area. The car parking area will remain unaffected and the trailer parking area will remain open on weekends. For more information please contact Douglas County Open Space at 303-660-7495.

Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space and Trail Map

General Information:

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 and an optional bridle paths include over 60 horse jumps. There is no access to the top of the butte. There are handicapped accessible picnic tables and an overlook trail.

Respect Wildlife – elk, bears, mountain lions, and many other wildlife species call this land home.

Trail Length:
5 mile loop

Hiking; horse back riding; mountain biking; snowshoeing; and no motorized vehicles. Pets are allowed on leashes. No motorized vehicles.

Picnic tables, restroom, car parking and parking for 15 horse trailers; no hitch rails, dirt surface parking lot.

1923 Tomah Road, Castle Rock. From I-25, take the Plum Creek Parkway exit west and head south five miles on the frontage road; turn right/west at Tomah Road; follow 1.5 miles to the Dawson Butte Ranch entrance on the right.

Douglas County Open Space and Natural Resources 303-660-7495