Meadowlark Trail 

Coalton Trailhead

The trailhead provides access to the Rock Creek Regional Trail and a 13-mile loop that includes the City of Boulder's Greenbelt Plateau and Marshall Mesa Trailhead. The trails include rolling hills, open plains vistas, and grasslands habitats.  

 Your Visit

Trails

Trails

Coalton Trail

2.9 miles
Dogs Allowed Bikes Allowed Hiking Allowed Horses Allowed
Easy

Mayhoffer Singletree Trail

1.5 miles
Dogs Allowed Bikes Allowed Hiking Allowed Horses Allowed
Easy

Meadowlark Trail

2.7 miles
Dogs Allowed Bikes Allowed Hiking Allowed Horses Allowed
Easy

Picnic Areas

  • 20-person group shelter with picnic tables are available at the trailhead on first come, first served basis

Restrooms

  • Located near the trailhead

Parking

  • 27-car spots, two handicapped spaces and three horse trailers (one with horse hitching rails)

Keep in Mind

  • In keeping with adjoining City of Boulder trail hours, the Mayhoffer Singletree Trail, Meadowlark Trail, and Coalton Trail (all west of McCaslin and South of Marshall Road) will remain open after sunset.
  • Pedestrians, bicyclists, equestrians and leashed dogs are allowed on the trails.
  • The trails travel through active agricultural land, therefore no off-trail access is permitted.

 Map & Directions

 Documents

Maps

 Plants & Animals

In the rain shadow of the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains are dry, windy and expansive. Receiving small amounts of precipitation, the land is dominated by grasses. The scarcity of water prevents larger shrubs and trees from growing. However, the soils are rich thus allowing a wealth of smaller plants to thrive. These plants, in turn, support a variety of animal species. Temperatures on the plains fluctuate enormously from very cold winters to hot summers. Nevertheless unique plant and animal adaptations have allowed life to prosper in plains ecosystems.

Animals

Mammals

  • Black-tailed prairie dog
  • Bobcat
  • Coyote
  • Deer mouse
  • Little brown bat
  • Mule deer
  • Nuttall’s cottontail
  • Raccoon
  • Red fox

Birds

  • American crow
  • American kestrel
  • American robin
  • Barn swallow
  • Black-billed magpie
  • Chipping sparrow
  • Common raven
  • Common grackle
  • Eastern kingbird
  • Mourning dove
  • Red-tailed hawk
  • Red-winged blackbird
  • Rock dove
  • Song sparrow
  • Turkey vulture
  • Western kingbird
  • Western Meadowlark

Reptiles

  • Bullsnake
  • Prairie rattlesnake
  • Short-horned lizard

Amphibians

  • Chorus frog
  • Northern leopard frog

Plants

Coming soon             

 History

This loop, formed by Boulder County and City of Boulder trails, is the former route of the Morgul-Bismarck Loop of the Coors International Bicycle Classic from the 1980s and is commonly referred to as the Dirty Bismark Loop.

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