The 5-mile loop trail on Dawson Butte Open Space travels through mostly forested areas with open meadows and views of the Colorado Front Range. The trail follows gently rolling terrain, 2.7 miles of option paths, and bridle paths including over 60 horse jumps. There is no access to the top of the butte. There are handicapped accessible picnic tables and an overlook trail near the trailhead.
Respect Wildlife – elk, bears, mountain lions, and many other wildlife species call this land home.
Trail Length: 7.7-miles (5-mile loop and 2.7 miles of extra horse paths)
Uses: Hiking; horse back riding; mountain biking and snowshoeing. Pets are allowed on leashes. No motorized vehicles.
Amenities: Picnic tables, restroom, benches, car parking and parking for 20 horse trailers; fencing rails, and unpaved parking lot.
Location: 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.
Contact: Douglas County Open Space and Natural Resources 303-660-7495