Directions: From Boulder, head west on 119, Boulder Canyon Drive. Turn right (north) onto Sugarloaf Rd and head north. Make a right onto Betasso Road and follow signs into the park. The trailhead is located at the main parking area to the north. Access to the park was hindered by the 2013 floods so check the park's website before you head out.
Betasso Preserve is basically made up of two loop hikes, one accessed from the south, the other from the north, and linked by a short connector trail. While either one of these loops makes for a wonderful day hike, you can combine them for a moderately strenuous tour of the entire park. The two loops alternate hiking through open meadows and evergreen forest with nice views of the surrounding foothills and the backside of Green Mountain in Boulder. You also get some nice views of Sugarloaf Mountain to the west.
The hike rolls up and down over the foothills which, with the 7.5 mi distance, makes for a good workout. The park is a wonderful place to experience the Boulder Foothills and only about a 15 min drive from Downtown Boulder, plenty of time to make it back to the Boulder Theater by showtime.
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NATIONAL PARK HIKES
- BENT'S OLD FORT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
- BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL PARK
- COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT
- CURECANTI NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
- DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT
- FLORISSANT FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT
- MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK
- ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
- GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK
- HOVENWEEP NATIONAL MONUMENT
- SAND CREEK MASSACRE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
- YUCCA HOUSE NATIONAL MONUMENT
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- INTERACTIVE MAP
Canyon and Benjamin Loops
Date Hiked: April 14, 2013
Distance: 7.5 mi (RT)