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This wide service road provides brief views and mellow access to Chautauqua's southern trails.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Point to Point

6,155' 1,876 m

High

5,732' 1,747 m

Low

425' 129 m

Up

2' 0 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

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Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The area around the Enchanted Mesa Trail tends to be less crowded than the main Chautauqua Trail and its nearest offshoots. For this reason, you have a better chance of spotting wildlife here and you may have a more tranquil outing.

Starting from the parking lot just south of the Chautauqua auditorium, head southwest on a wide, fine gravel service road. The ascent starts out pretty gently, briefly paralleling Bluebell Creek and then crossing it over a stone bridge. Immediately after the bridge there is an intersection with the McClintock Lower and McClintock Upper Trails. Head straight east to stay on the Enchanted Mesa Trail. Next, the trail curves around what looks like a large roof but is actually a drinking water reservoir. Continue upwards through open grassy meadows where you'll be treated with views of the Flatirons and surrounding peaks ahead and town/university views behind.

As the trail makes its way up and over the truly lovely mesa, the forest becomes denser and shade returns. Wildflowers make their homes here and change with the seasons. Pass the junction with the Enchanted-Kohler Spur trail and ascend at a steeper grade until the Enchanted Mesa Trail ends at a T-intersection with the famous Mesa Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, occasional bears. Ponderosa pines, wildflowers.

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Megan W

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Enchanted Mesa
Dec 29, 2023 near Boulder, CO
Flatiron
Jan 28, 2018 near Boulder, CO
Are the views like this what give Enchanted Mesa its name?
Jun 30, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Poppies blooming at the start of the Enchanted Mesa Trail. June 2016.
May 3, 2017 near Boulder, CO
Great views ahead
Jun 29, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Braided trail at the start of the Woods Quarry Trail
Jun 29, 2015 near Boulder, CO

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Mar 22, 2024
Michael Calabrese
Aug 14, 2023
Laura Karr
I saw a bear here! 1mi
Feb 10, 2022
Charly Jackson
Jun 28, 2020
Mike Kruger
3mi — 3h 00m
Apr 25, 2020
Mike Kruger
Really wonderful day out 1.2mi — 1h 45m
Jan 5, 2020
Jennifer Hooker
2.6mi — 1h 00m
Jul 14, 2019
Beth Culpepper
1.2mi
Jul 14, 2019
Matt Culpepper
Great wildflowers display. Nice peeks of the Flatirons. 1.2mi — 1h 00m
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