Swallowtail Trail

Jefferson County, Colorado

Elevation Gain167ft
Trailhead Elevation5,962ft
Elevation Min/Max5855/5966ft
Elevation Start/End5962/5962ft

Swallowtail Trail

Swallowtail Trail is a hiking trail in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 5,962 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 167 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings, a shelter, restrooms, and an information. Along the trail there is a reservoir. This trail connects with the following: Grazing Elk Trail.

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"Starting in Roxborough State Park, this hike takes you southeast past the old Sundance Ranch. Nelson Ranch Open Space, situated between the hogback and the foothills, provides habitat protection for foxes, elk, bears, coyotes, spotted towhees, migratory birds, and, of course, swallowtail butter?ies. The butter?y shape of the Swallowtail Trail winds around a towering red rock of the Fountain Formation, up and over rimrock, passing by ponderosa pine, Douglas ?r, oakbrush, smooth sumac, hawthorn, chokecherry, and wild plum, with a touch of prairie full of rabbitbrush for good measure." Read more

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Trail Information

Jefferson County
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Douglas County Open Space, 100 Third Street, Castle Rock; 303-660-7495; douglas.co.us/openspace. Roxborough State Park, 4751 East Roxborough Drive, Littleton; 303-973-3959; cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/roxborough
Local Contacts
USGS Kassler; National Geographic Trails Illustrated 135, Deckers/Rampart Range
Local Maps