Deer Trail, Colorado

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The Town of Deer Trail is a Statutory Town in south-southeastern Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. Deer Trail is situated along Interstate 70, approximately 55 miles (89 km) east of Denver. The population was 598 at the 2000 census.



Deer Trail was founded when the Kansas Pacific Railway built a station in what is now Deer Trail in 1870. The town was platted by the railway in 1875 and soon became a shipping point for grain, livestock, and eggs. By the late 1920s Deer Trail grew into a town larger than it is today with two banks, five grocery stores, and three hotels. The Great Depression of the 1930s took a major toll on the towns economy and a further blow took place in June 1965 when a devastating flood destroyed or severely damaged the businesses along main street. Many of these buildings were never rebuilt.

Deer Trail hosted the first rodeo exhibition citation needed


Deer Trail is located at 39°36′57″N 104°2′35″W / 39.61583°N 104.04306°W / 39.61583; -104.04306 (39.615888, -104.042967)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 598 people, 247 households, and 162 families residing in the town. The population density was 596.5 people per square mile (230.9/km²). There were 274 housing units at an average density of 273.3/sq mi (105.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.32% White, 0.33% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 0.84% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.51% of the population.

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