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Marshall Mesa Trailhead

Marshall Mesa Trailhead


Just east of the intersection of Highway 93 and Marshall Road.

Please check for Trail & Area Closures.

You are responsible for knowing and complying with all closures and OSMP rules & regulations.


Parking is available for cars and horse trailers, with a parking fee. Information on parking permits & fees.


Marshall Mesa Trail connects to the Community Ditch Trail and a loop hike can be taken combining these two trails. Self-guided interpretive signs about the coal mining and geologic history of the Marshall area are located along this trail.
Community Ditch Trail provides access to the south to the Greenbelt Plateau Trail and to the west to the Doudy Draw area.






Bicycles are allowed on Marshall Valley Trail, Coal Seam Trail, Cowdrey Draw Trail, Greenbelt Plateau Trail, and Community Ditch Trail. Bicycles may be ridden only on those trails that are posted with the international bicycle symbol. Other bike trails on OSMP.


Learn about bringing your dog to OSMP. All dogs must be leashed in the Trailhead Leash Area. Beyond the trailhead, dog control requirements vary from trail to trail, so carefully watch for dog regulation signs at trailheads and trail intersections, and check the Dog Regulations by Area page before your trip. On most OSMP trails in this area, dogs must be on a hand-held leash at all times unless they meet the voice and sight control standard and display a City of Boulder Voice and Sight tag. Dog excrement removal is required by law.


Horses are allowed on all trails. On-trail riding is encouraged to protect rare plants and wildlife habitat. Popular areas for horseback riding.


Birds of prey are frequently sighted in this area. Coyotes and mule deer are common. There is a large prairie dog town near the trailhead.


Coal mining area in the 1860s. Mines after 1900. For a fascinating account of the coal mining at Marshall Mesa, download a copy of Joanna Sampson's brochure "Walking through History on Marshall Mesa."

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