Trailhead Description

The trailhead provides access to the 1.2 mile Cottonwood Trail.


No facilities available.

Picnic Facilities

No picnic facilities.


On the south side of Independence Road, 0.2 miles east of the Diagonal Highway.


The Cottonwood Trailhead has 16 standard parking spaces and one ADA space.

Area Info


This area is identified as being mobility-friendly. See the Visitors Experiencing Disabilities page for trail details.

Bike Regulations

Bicycles are allowed on this trail. Bicycles may be ridden only on those trails that are posted with the international bicycle symbol.

Dog Regulations

Cottonwood Dog Regulations Map

Learn about bringing your dog to OSMP. 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

Horses are allowed on all trails. On-trail riding is encouraged to protect rare plants and wildlife habitat. Learn more about riding your horse on OSMP.


Prairie dogs are protected on this site. You may observe brown plastic along the bottom of the fences. This is "prairie dog fencing" designed to keep the prairie dogs in the preserve.

Connecting Trails