Not to be confused with Rabbit Ears pass, near Steamboat Springs, the Rabbit Ears trail is located in Rabbit Valley, west of Loma, Colorado. It is about 6.5 miles if you do the entire loop, but could easily be done as a 4-mile out-and-back to the overlook. To get there, take I-70 Exit 2 (Rabbit Valley) and head left over the Interstate. Turn left again onto the frontage road and backtrack east for about 5 miles. You’ll see a small trailhead sign on the right that says “Rabbit Ears Trail.”
The path is mostly easy to follow and marked with cairns. I set out with 20 lbs in my backpack and two dogs to accompany me on a morning hike here last weekend.
Desert pincushions can be found all over this time of year.
The view from the beginning of the trail, looking west
The trail has some interesting features, including this rock slot.
Just after the rock slot hikers get their first views of the river.
Hedgehog cacti and Claret Cactus Cups thrive here.
The trail makes a lollipop. The overlook is most quickly reached by heading left, where the trail heads up to the rocky outcropping above.
The “overlook” is a fairly obvious area of large rocks hanging over the valley below. It looks down on the Colorado River. By looking east hikers can see where Salt Creek enters the Colorado.
Far off on the horizon, the La Sal mountain range outside of Moab, UT comes into view.
While the views are spectacular, the features along the trail are pretty neat as well.
This pretty purple wildflower lines the path along the backside of the mesa.
Rabbit Ears is a remote and not-often-used trail. In fact, during the 3 hours I was out there I saw one other person, and he was off in the distance. If solitude is what you’re seeking, this trail will provide it.