Dry Saint Vrain Trail


Dry St Vrain Trailhead

Dry Saint Vrain Trail leads gradually downhill for about a mile, as it roughly follows an intermittent tributary of the North Saint Vrain Creek. The last stretch of trail to North Saint Vrain Creek drops to the creek bed. North Saint Vrain Creek runs heavy in the spring and early summer or during periods of driving rain and may be difficult or impossible to cross.

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At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Portions of this trail are located within the North Saint Vrain Research Natural Area: an area of National Forest specially designated, permanently protected and maintained in natural condition. Fishing and hunting are allowed in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Closest Towns: Lyons, Colorado
Water: North Saint Vrain Creek - treat water for drinking
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us

General Information


From Lyons, head 15 miles north on Colorado Highway 7. Just east and within view of the turnoff for Riverside (on the south side of the highway), watch for Conifer Hill Road, which turns off to the north, and is marked with a line of mailboxes. Follow this road north up the hill. This is National Forest System Road 185, but may not be signed as such. Turn right at each road intersection, avoiding private property and driveways. Stay on the road most traveled.Final access to the trailhead is marked by a sign. The last 0.25 miles of road is very rough. A high clearance 4WD vehicle is recommended for final access to this trailhead.

Recreation Map

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Day Hiking

This trail drops gently at first, then more steeply into the North Saint Vrain Creek canyon. The trail roughly follows a seasonal drainage from Dry Saint Vrain Trailhead to North Saint Vrain Creek.


Fire InformationUnless seasonal restrictions are in effect, campfires must be attended at all times and cold to the touch with the bare hand before being abandoned. Collection of dead and down wood is allowed; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Areas & Activities

Campgrounds At-A-Glance


  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles (One way)

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  Elevation : 
6,600' - 7,440'