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Heil Valley Ranch

With beautiful valleys, picturesque vistas, and forest meadows that seem to cling to the sky, Heil Valley Ranch offers a day’s adventure in the foothills. The 6,231 acres of Heil Valley Ranch are home to over 50 species of mammals representing 70 percent of all the mammals found in Boulder County. Nearly 100 types of birds call this area home. Golden eagles and prairie falcons nest in the cliffs and canyons. The variety of wildlife found here is partly due to the diversity of vegetation. Much of the land is covered by ponderosa pine forest. Among the ponderosa pines, a variety of shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers thrive providing coverage for small mammals and food for deer.

Trails
Lichen LoopHiking Allowed Dogs Prohibted Bikes Prohibted Horses Prohibted
1.3 miles – Easy
Overland LoopHiking Allowed Dogs Prohibited Bikes Allowed Horses Allowed
2.3 miles – Moderate
Bike Direction: Clockwise 
Picture Rock TrailHiking Allowed Dogs Prohibited Bikes Allowed Horses Allowed
5.2 miles – Moderate
Ponderosa LoopHiking Allowed Dogs Prohibited Bikes Allowed Horses Allowed
2.6 miles – Moderate
Wapiti TrailHiking Allowed Dogs Prohibited Bikes Allowed Horses Allowed
2.5 miles – Moderate
Wild Turkey TrailHiking Allowed Dogs Prohibited Bikes Allowed Horses Allowed
2.9 miles – Moderate
Parking
  • Main Trailhead can accommodate 56 cars and 4 horse trailers.
  • Picture Rock Trailhead can accommodate 27 cars and 3 horse trailers.
Picnic Areas
  • Several picnic tables located near the main trailhead.
  • Large 50-person group shelter located near the main trailhead.
  • Reserve the shelter
     A prescribed fire window is set at Heil Valley Ranch from Oct. 1 to Nov. 19 and the shelter cannot be reserved during that time. The shelter is available first come, first served during that time.
Restrooms
  • Located at both trailheads.
Keep in Mind
  • Dogs are not allowed due to wildlife concerns.
  • Conservation areas are closed to the public to protect critical wildlife habitat.
  • Emergency access roads exist on the property. Visitors are urged to stay on designated trails since these roads do not always lead to trailheads.