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Road trip hike: Homestead Ranch Regional Park 

Located east of the Springs, near Peyton, Colorado, Homestead Ranch Regional Park is a 450-acre gem of the El Paso County Park's system that flies mostly under the radar. The park is open to a wide range of activities and has a number of hiking trails. Follow the slide show for my favorite loop hike in the park.
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The entrance road to the park from Golihar Road is marked with this large sign.
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From the parking lot, go west on the sidewalk past the picnic pavilion and then clockwise about a third of the way around the fishing pond. Bear left and continue west. At the next trail intersection, bear left onto the Homestead Ranch Trail
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As you hike around Homestead Ranch, watch for some of the many culturally modified trees in the area, dating back to when Native Americans populated the area.
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The Homestead Ranch Trail meets the Spur Trail after about three-quarters of a mile from the parking lot. Take the Spur Trail to the left. Dogs are allowed on the trails and are allowed off-leash in county parks, if under strict voice control, but keep in mind that equestrians use the park as well.
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The Spur Trail hugs the perimeter of the park, opening up on a large broad mesa that makes up most of the parks acreage.
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About 1.6 miles from the parking lot, the Spur Trail meets the Wagon Wheel Trail. Continue straight to continue the loop.
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An equestrian rest area, looks back towards the Wagon Wheel Trail. The windmill actually functions and pumps water into the water hole.
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At about 2.6 miles, on the east end of the park, the Wagon Wheel Trail meets the Homestead Ranch and Rattlesnake trails. Continue straight ahead on the Rattlesnake Trail to continue the loop. If you want to cut the trip short, turn right onto the Homestead Ranch Trail to return to the parking log.
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The Rattlesnake Trail is wide, but there is a single track trail to the left that hugs the ridge line of the mesa. Watch for more CMT's along the downhill side.
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There are a couple of picnic tables and benches along the edge of the mesa on the Rattlesnake Trail with great views to the south and east, including of Pikes Peak.
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The Rattlesnake Trail loops back around to the Homestead Ranch Trail after about 3.7 miles. Keep left onto Homestead Ranch and continue past the equestrian rest area.
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Continue on Homestead Ranch for less than a quarter-mile, past the rest area to another trail intersection. From here you can turn left and head downhill to the parking lot, or bear right to the intersection of the Homestead Ranch and Spur Trails.
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At the bottom of the hill, you can circle the pond or choose a direct route back to the parking lot. The park also has a large playground for kids.
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The loop around Homestead Ranch Park.
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Bob Falcone
The entrance road to the park from Golihar Road is marked with this large sign.
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