Mansfield Ditch Trail

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The Mansfield Ditch Trail is a popular trail for mountain bikers, hikers, and those on horseback. Please yield and respect the right of way to those on horseback. Trail use is moderate, but during hunting season the trail gets heavy use from hunters. So be on the lookout for hunters when using the trail during hunting season. The predominant vegetation type on the trail’s lower elevation is Gamble Oak. At higher elevation the vegetation is mainly spruce-fir. There are great vistas looking into Deep Creek Canyon. The trail is approximately 9.5 miles long and can be turned into a loop by following the Cherry Creek trail located near the top of Calhoun Basin. Directions from Rifle: Head east on I-70 and get off at the New Castle exit. Turn left and cross the overpass. Take a left at the stop sign and follow the road through New Castle. Take a right on 7 th street (County Road 245) at the end of town. Follow the road to the trail which will be just before the forest boundary on the right. Parking is available just past the cattle guard.

Fees No fee
Closest Towns: New Castle, Colorado
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

Directions: From Rifle, head east on I-70 to New Castle. At the exit (105) turn left at the ramp and follow the signs into New Castle. Turn right at 7th Street (County Road 245) and follow the road for approximately 7.5 miles. Just before the forest boundary is the Mansfield Trailhead.


  • Trail Measurement: 9.5 Mile Loop
  • Compass Latitude: 394159N
  • Compass Longitude: 1073713W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.6997028
  • Numeric Longitude: -107.620338
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