Download the Marshall Mesa Trails and Nature Brochure389.05 KB.
Just east of the intersection of Highway 93 and Marshall Road.
Please check for temporary or seasonal closures or advisories.
Parking is available for cars and horse trailers.
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.
Illustrated Geology Tour for Marshall Mesa 1.04 Mb - A guided tour into geologic and cultural history along the trails of Marshall Mesa by Dr. Sue Hirschfeld and Peter Stevens.
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 Open Space and Mountain Parks.
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.
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."
Before You Go
Please know OSMP rules and regulations.
Please study our six Leave No Trace" Principles to protect the land.
Dog owners: see our special dog page.
Hikers and climbers: Please be aware of all area closures.
Mountain bikers: Follow this link for trails where you can bike.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 09:20