Boulder Valley Ranch Loop Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"When you think of Boulder, no doubt mountains spring to mind, but the fact of the matter is, the city lies mostly on the flats—flats that are every bit as beautiful as the highlands but in a very different way. Though civilization encroaches on portions of this hike, when you drop into the draw near the pond at the loop’s eastern end, you are embraced by unadulterated high prairie. The grasses wave gold or green, depending on the season, and are thick with wildflowers in late spring and early summer.
Birds dip to drink or swim at the pond, and the rounded summits of the foothills line the western horizon. With a bit of luck you will find yourself alone here, and with a bit of imagination, you can transport yourself back to a time when, rather than sprawling suburbia, this was all there was along Colorado’s Front Range. The trail described here links the Sage and Eagle Trails in a relatively flat, easy loop. The path follows a well-maintained roadbed that is used by the rancher who still runs livestock on the property. In addition to domestic animals and prairie dogs, migratory waterfowl and other birds, including raptors, frequent the property."