Explore the foothills of Boulder, Colorado, at the Betasso Preserve.
The Betasso Preserve is located in the western foothills of Boulder, Colorado. This preserve features diverse habitats and is a beautiful area where many enjoy hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Leashed dogs are also allowed on the trails, but owners must pick up after them. The Benjamin Loop Trail is particularly steep and narrow, so only experienced hikers and mountain bikers should use that trail. Mammals that inhabit this preserve include bears, mountain lions, mule deer, squirrels, and skunks. This is also a great place to go bird watching, so bring a pair of binoculars if you can.
Please note that the Betasso Preserve is only open for daytime use (daily from sunrise to sunset), and fires, hunting, and camping are prohibited here. There are three parking lots, but they only hold up to 44 vehicles (combined), so arrive as early as possible. Those with horse trailers should park at the Bummer's Rock Trailhead. There is a restroom near the main trailhead, and several picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis.