Ute Trail - Range View Trail Loop, Flagstaff Mountain, Boulder - Denver - Golden - Fort Collins - Lyons, Colorado

Ute Trail - Range View Trail Loop - 1.1 miles

Flagstaff Mountain

Looking west from the Ute Trail at the snow capped Indian Peaks Wilderness

Looking west from the Ute Trail at the snow capped Indian Peaks Wilderness

Round-Trip Length: 1.1 miles
Start-End Elevation: 6,785' - 6,785' (6,980' max elevation)
Elevation Change: +195' net elevation gain (+220' total roundtrip elevation gain)
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Bikes Allowed: No
Horses Allowed: No
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Ute Trail - Range View Trail Loop - 1.1 Miles Round-Trip

The Ute Trail and Range View trails form an easy loop just below Flagstaff Mountain's 6,978' summit. This easy 4-season trail is ideal for families, running, and winter recreation. The loop is highlighted by sensational views and interpretive signs that provide details on the area's flora, fauna and geologic history.

The following description begins on the Ute Trail and travels counter-clockwise:

A short climb levels off through a sparse collection of ponderosa, juniper, and Douglas fir. Interpretive signs explain the area's delicate ecological balance with fire and wildlife activity.

At .5 miles (6,945') the trail passes the Flagstaff Trail junction and two unmarked spurs leading to the Flagstaff Summit and parking lot - ignore them: a well-marked sign seamlessly merges the Ute Trail with the Range View Trail to continue the loop.

The trail undulates for .6 miles along Flagstaff Mountain's west flank with excellent views of Boulder's back range and the Continental Divide.

Wildlife is abundant in the Flagstaff Mountain area. Look for signs of mule deer, fox, coyote, bear and mountain lion, and listen for the unmistakable mating calls of blue grouse and turkey.

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Worth Noting

  • The Ute and Range View Trails are ideal for running, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Bikes are not permitted.

  • Dogs must be under voice and sight control.

  • Mountain Lions and bears inhabit this area. Remain vigilant, especially at dawn and dusk.

Directions to Trailhead

The trailhead is located on the north (right) side of Flagstaff Road, approximately 3 miles beyond the end of Baseline Road.

In Boulder, take Basline Road west until you pass the official entrance to Boulder Parks and Open Space. The road now becomes Flagstaff Road. Exercise caution as you drive the 3 miles up Flagstaff Road along steep, hairpin turns.

Contact Information

City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks
Phone: 303.441.3440

Trip Reports

There are no trip reports on this trail.


"Updated road closure info: road closure to begin Monday, June 16"
OSMP Hiker  -  Boulder  -  Date Posted: June 1, 2014
"Be aware Flagstaff Road will have daily closures from June 1 until November for flood damage repair. All trails will remain open, however, access via flagstaff rd wont be possible. "
OSMP Hiker  -  Boulder, CO  -  Date Posted: May 29, 2014
"Decent short hike in the OSMP. Several scenic viewpoints along the trail to keep your eyes and cameras pleased. Not too much elevation gain either. I want to say part of the trail was even wheelchair accessible?"
 -   -  Date Posted: May 15, 2012


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