BoCo Alert System

Level 1 Fire Restrictions in effect for western Boulder County (more). See flyer and map for details.

Coalton Trailhead
Coalton Trailhead

Coalton Trailhead

Enjoy rolling hills, open plains vistas, and grasslands habitats.

Caution: Cattle in Area
The cows in the area are quite protective of their young calves. Range cows like these are not used to being around lots of people and were only recently turned into the property. Livestock become accustomed to seeing people in specific ways, and with this herd they are used to being around people on horseback or a single ATV. Being confronted by a person or group of people moving rapidly is threatening to these cows. The cows may perceive this movement as aggressive and a threat and they may become defensive. It is important to give them their space and to keep dogs on leash. Thanks for your cooperation.
Trails
Coalton TrailHiking Allowed Dogs Allowed Bikes Allowed Horses Allowed
2.9 miles – Easy
Mayhoffer Singletree TrailHiking Allowed Dogs Allowed Bikes Allowed Horses Allowed
1.5 miles – Easy
Meadowlark TrailHiking Allowed Dogs Allowed Bikes Allowed Horses Allowed
2.7 miles – Easy

Parking

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

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

Trails Connections

The trailhead provides access to

Keep in Mind

  • 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.
  • Regional trails and regional trail connectors are open to commuters 24 hours per day.

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.

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

Coming Soon

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.

Contact Us

Parks are open sunrise to sunset

Connect With Us