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.
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