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Ute Trail

Intermediate
 3.5 (4)

One of the longer routes in the park, you'll be able to take in some spectacular geology here!


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Map Key

1.3

Miles

2.0

KM

97%

Runnable

6,404' 1,952 m

High

6,338' 1,932 m

Low

106' 32 m

Up

120' 37 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

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Runner Notes

Though this trail is great for running, the park is quite popular, so you may want to enjoy this route during the week or early in the mornings.

Description

Located just a short ways away from the bustle of the main Garden Area, the Ute Trail has a lot to offer. Like all of the trails in the park, this one is meticulously maintained, giving you ample opportunity to let your eyes wander from the trail.

The views available from this trail are captivating! As you work your way south from the trailhead off of Juniper Way Loop, you'll be able to see the incredible Dakota Hogback to the west. Continuing on, exceptional views to the east will compete for your attention. Take your time, and make sure to take in the views in each direction! This trail is a lollipop in shape, which provides the opportunity to return along a similar route, both seeing the same features from a new angle and being able to enjoy something new on the return journey.

Take your time to admire some of Garden of the Gods' incredible rock features before returning to the trailhead!

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Mikhaila Redovian

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  3.5 from 4 votes

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Garden of the Gods
Jan 11, 2019 near Manitou…, CO
Gray Rock (center left) and the Gateway Rocks (right) behind the Ute trail at the Garden of the Gods
May 20, 2021 near Manitou…, CO
Two hikers on the Ute trail walking in the direction of Gray Rock (left) and the Gateway Rocks (center) at Garden of the Gods.
May 20, 2021 near Manitou…, CO
Thunderstorm over Garden of the Gods.
Oct 6, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
The singletrack along Ute Trail winds towards the center of the Garden.
Oct 13, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
The Niobrara Trail adds an interesting technical component to the ride, as well as a brilliant overlook of the valley.
Oct 6, 2016 near Manitou…, CO

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