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South Mesa Trailhead

South Mesa Trailhead

LOCATION

1.7 miles west of Highway 93 on Eldorado Springs Drive (Highway 170).

Please check for Trail & Area Closures.

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

PARKING

Parking lot with parking fee on the north side of Eldorado Springs Drive. Information on parking permits & fees. Parking is not allowed on Highway 170.

TRAILS

Mesa Trail can be taken to Shadow Canyon Trail and to South Boulder and Bear Peaks, or north to NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) and six miles to Chautauqua Park. The Mesa Trail also connects to the Towhee Trail, Homestead Trail, South Boulder Creek Trail and Big Bluestem Trail. The South Boulder Creek and Big Bluestem Trails meander through tall and mixed grass prairie. The other trails lead through ponderosa pine savannah. As you hike upward and westward the montane zone becomes evident in the area of South Boulder and Bear Peaks.

ACCESSIBILITY

This area is identified as being popular with people using wheelchairs. See the Accessible Trails Page for details.

RESTROOMS

Located at the trailhead.

PICNIC FACILITIES

Seven picnic tables at parking lot. Grills and stoves are prohibited.

BIKE REGULATIONS

No bicycles are allowed in this area.

DOG REGULATIONS

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. A dog station is available to aid in the collection of dog excrement.

HORSE REGULATIONS

Allowed on most trails. Off-trail riding is discouraged to protect rare plants and wildlife habitat. Popular areas for horseback riding.

WILDLIFE

Black bears and mountain lions inhabit this area. The area is rich with wildlife including Peregrine Falcons, Red-tailed Hawks, songbirds, mule deer, and coyotes.

HISTORIC INFO

Historic Dunn House. McGilvery Cabin on Towhee Trail at Shadow Canyon. Old Schoolmarm Cabin on Mesa Trail. Stockton Cabin on Shadow Canyon Trail at S. Boulder Peak Trail.

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