Black Hills 4: Prairie Loop Trail

The next day I wanted to further indulge myself in the prairie landscape. Mountains are fun, but we have plenty of them in Colorado. We drove back to a trailhead that I had spotted the night before. We only made it a few hundred feet from the car before we disturbed a pronghorn- we got some great views as he charged across the meadow.

Parts of the hike were in forested terrain, but most of it was open prairie.

Primrose on the prairie

As we climbed up onto a ridge, we suddenly found our way blocked by a large herd of bison:

We patiently waited for the herd to mosey off before continuing the hike.

Sky and Shirley (and Bunny) stopping for lunch

“Prairie Grapes”

An idyllic little oasis of green