Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space Trail


Open Space Enjoyment and Social Distancing

As you anticipate an enjoyable day on Douglas County Open Space properties, please be aware that some trails, due to the location and terrain, have limited space for remaining socially distant from those other than in your immediate party. Please be aware when you encounter these circumstances, adjust accordingly, and help keep our community safe by adhering to
COVID-19 social distancing requirements.


Dawson Butte is peaceful and inspiring. The open, flowy, curvey trail follows the natural contours of the land and takes people on adventures through forested areas and meadows.  This trail is popular year-round because it has a mix of shade and sun.

Hours: Open one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset.

Trail Information:

  • 7.7 miles (5-mile loop and 2.7 miles of extra horse paths with over 60 jumps)
  • Hiking; horseback riding; mountain biking and snowshoeing.
  • Pets are allowed on leashes.
  • No motorized vehicles.
  • Dawson Butte trail map


  • Handicapped accessible picnic tables
  • Restroom
  • Benches
  • Unpaved parking lot for cars and up to 20 horse trailers
  • Fencing rails


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