Rabbit Mountain 

Rabbit Mountain

Rabbit Mountain is located between Lyons and Longmont. It comprises over 2,733 acres with five miles of trails that take you over sweeping grasslands and through ridge top pine forests.

 Your Visit

Trails

Trails

Eagle Wind Trail

2.4 miles
Dogs Allowed Bikes Allowed Hiking Allowed Horses Allowed
Moderate

Indian Mesa Trail

2.2 miles
Dogs Allowed Bikes Allowed Hiking Allowed Horses Allowed
Easy

Little Thompson Overlook Trail

1.5 miles
Dogs Allowed Bikes Allowed Hiking Allowed Horses Allowed
Moderate

Picnic Areas

Picnic shelter available near parking lot.

Restrooms

Available at trailhead.

Parking

The trailhead can accommodate 41 cars and 4 horse trailers.

Keep in Mind

  • Some areas are closed to the public to protect critical wildlife habitat.
  • Rattlesnakes are known to frequent Rabbit Mountain – as with any wildlife, it is important to leave them alone – for their sake and ours!

 Map & Directions

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 Documents

Brochures

Management Plan

Maps

 Projects

Management Plan Update

Staff have begun planning for an update to the management plan which was last adopted in 1984. Learn more...

 Plants & Animals

Along Colorado's Front Range the sweeping grasslands of the Great Plains rise to meet the rugged peaks of the Southern Rocky Mountains. Where they meet we find the foothills – a zone of geological and biological transition. Foothills ecosystems are made up of myriad landforms such as cliffs, canyons, hills, and plateaus. Plant communities range from grasslands to shrublands to forests which provide a variety of habitats for a rich diversity of animals.

Mammals

  • Black bear
  • Black-tailed prairie dog
  • Bobcat
  • Coyote
  • Deer mouse
  • Desert cottontail
  • Elk
  • Mexican wood rat
  • Mule deer
  • Rock squirrel
  • Thirteen-lined ground squirrel

Birds

  • American crow
  • American goldfinch
  • American kestrel
  • American robin
  • Black-billed magpie
  • Blue-gray gnatcatcher
  • Chipping sparrow
  • Cliff swallow
  • Common nighthawk
  • Common raven
  • Dark-eyed junco
  • Downy woodpecker
  • Golden eagle
  • House wren
  • Lark sparrow
  • Lazuli bunting
  • Mountain bluebird
  • Mourning dove
  • Northern flicker
  • Red-tailed hawk
  • Rufous-sided (spotted) towhee
  • Solitary vireo
  • Turkey vulture
  • Western meadowlark
  • Western wood-pewee
  • Yellow-breasted chat

Reptiles

  • Bullsnake
  • Prairie rattlesnake
  • Racer

Plants

White Wildflowers

  • Fleabane daisy (Erigeron spp)
  • Milk vetch (Astralagus spp)
  • Prickly poppy (Argemone polyarihmos)
  • Sand lily (Leucocinum montanum)
  • Spring beauty (Claytonia lanceolata)
  • Stemless evening primrose (Oenothera caespitosa)
  • White onion (Allium textile)
  • Winged buckwheat (Eriogonum alatum)

Yellow Wildflowers

  • Blanket flower (Gaillardia aristata)
  • Coneflower (Ratbida columnifera)
  • Gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)
  • Hairy goldenaster (Heterotheca villosa)
  • Prickly pear cactus (Opuntia compressa)
  • Whiskbroom parsley (Harbouris trachypleura)
  • Yellow evening primrose (Oenothera sp)

Pink, Orange & Red Wildflowers

  • Ball cactus (Coryphanta vivipara)
  • Copper mallow (Sphaeralcea coccinea)
  • Fleabane (Erigeron spp)
  • Wild geranium (Geranium caespitosum)

Purple & Blue Wildflowers

  • Common harebell ( Campanula rotundifolia)
  • Lambert's locoweed or Colorado locoweed (Oxytropis lambertii)
  • Plains larkspur (Delphinium virescens)
  • Spiderwort (Tradescontia accidentalis)

Green Wildflowers

  • Fringed sage (Artemisia frigida)
  • Prairie sage (artemisia ludoviciana)

Shrubs

  • Mountain mahogany
  • Rabbitbrush
  • Skunkbush
  • Wax currant
  • Yucca

Trees

  • Rocky Mountain juniper
  • Ponderosa pine

 History

Native Peoples

Rabbit Mountain was an ideal winter home for the Arapaho Indians, providing them with shelter from the strong west winds, a variety of edible plants, water from naturally-occurring springs, and an abundance of game. It is rumored that the Arapaho Chief Niwot may have spent considerable time in the area.

Homesteaders Arrive

In the middle of the 19th century, homesteaders took up land in the area, hoping to strike it rich prospecting for gold. Few homesteaders were successful, with many turning to farming as an alternative. Their arrival marked the Native Indians’ displacement at Rabbit Mountain, as well as the entire state.

Western Water

In 1959, the St. Vrain Supply Canal was constructed across Rabbit Mountain as part of the Colorado Big Thompson Project. Still operational, the project was designed to carry water through the mountains from the relatively lush western slope to the semi-arid Front Range.

Acquisition

Jack Moomaw was a forest ranger and had a strong desire to preserve wilderness areas, including Rabbit Mountain. These aspirations were realized when his granddaughter sold Rabbit Mountain to Boulder County in 1984. Because of this acquisition, Rabbit Mountain will be preserved in its natural state for many generations to enjoy.


Contacts

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303-678-6200

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