A popular hiking area open year-round just south of Castle Rock, CO is the Dawson Butte Open Space in Douglas County, Colorado. Weaving through forested areas and meadowlands is the main 5-mile loop trail with a handful of other trails branching off it around the area. None of the trails actually go up onto Dawson Butte itself, but there are wonderful views of this feature throughout the hike.

Dawson Butte, Douglas County, Colorado

Dawson Butte, Douglas County, CO ©Outdoor Trail Maps LLC

When Open? Area Acres Operated By
Year-round; one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset 809 acres Douglas County Parks and Trails
Dogs Allowed? Miles of Trail Max/Min Elev (ft)
Dogs allowed on leash 8 6,510ft - 7,480ft

Dawson Butte Open Space Trail and Map Finder

Area Hiking Trails:
1 - Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space Trail
2 - Fenceline Trail
3 - Manger Meadow Trail
4 - Playpen Trail
5 - Stairway to Heaven Trail
6 - Tomah Meadow Trail
Area Trailheads:
1 - Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space Trail
Area Campgrounds: