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Royal Arch Trail

Beginning Elevation: 6,100 Feet (1901.5 Meters) Chautaugua Park Trailhead
Difficulty: Beginner
Elevation Gain, One-way: 880 Feet (274.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 6,950 Feet (2166.5 Meters)
Handicapped Accessible: No
Length, One-way: .8 Miles (1.33 Kilometers)
Other Maps: City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks: Trails in the Boulder Valley
Usage: Heavy Please stay on the trail to avoid further impact.
USGS Map: Eldorado Springs Quadrangle 7.5 Minute Series
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

Hikers who want to reach Royal Arch can choose from various trails to gain access to the Royal Arch Trail. Begin at the Chautaugua Park Trailhead and hike southwest on one of the graded, gravel pathways. The Chautaugua Trail is a good choice, although be sure to veer to the left when the path splits. Stay to the north of the Mesa Trail and you will reach the Royal Arch Trail.

The Royal Arch Trail leads .8 miles southwest through Bluebell Canyon to its destination. The trail begins at approximately 6,100 feet and ends at Royal Arch, which lies at approximately 6,950 feet. This trail is rated as moderately difficult. Use of trail finding skills is necessary.

Directions from Highway 36: Chautaugua Trail Access: Take the Baseline Road exit and travel west toward the mountains. Follow Baseline Road nearly 1.5 miles to the entrance for Chautaugua Park. Turn left into the park. Parking is free at this trailhead.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Royal Arch Trail
ICON Bird Identification Royal Arch Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Royal Arch Trail
ICON Plant Identification Royal Arch Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Royal Arch Trail

Related Activities
Chautaugua Trail - This is a short, easy trail that leads toward the Flatirons from the Chautaugua Park Trailhead.


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