Deer Trail, Colorado

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Town of Deer Trail, Colorado
Statutory Town
Deer Trail, Colorado
Nickname(s): "Home of the World's First Rodeo"
Location of Deer Trail in Arapahoe County, Colorado.
Location of Deer Trail in Arapahoe County, Colorado.
Coordinates: 39°36′57″N 104°02′35″W / 39.615892°N 104.043007°W / 39.615892; -104.043007Coordinates: 39°36′57″N 104°02′35″W / 39.615892°N 104.043007°W / 39.615892; -104.043007[1]
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Arapahoe County[2]
Platted 1875
Incorporated February 3, 1920[3]
 • Type Statutory Town[2]
 • Total 1.07 sq mi (2.79 km2)
 • Land 1.07 sq mi (2.77 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation[5] 5,190 ft (1,582 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 546
 • Estimate (2016)[6] 681
 • Density 635.85/sq mi (245.45/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[7] 80105
Area code(s) Both 303 and 720
FIPS code 08-19630
GNIS feature ID 0185065

The Town of Deer Trail is a Statutory Town in eastern Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 546.[8] Deer Trail is situated along Interstate 70, approximately 55 miles (89 km) east of Denver.


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 town's 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 on July 4, 1869.[9][10][11][12][13]

In 2013, the town was considering an ordinance that would create drone hunting licenses and offer bounties for unmanned aerial vehicles.[14][15]

One place that has stood the test of time is the meat lockers. Not only is this one of the very few meat processing facilities in the state but it has also been a part of the Deer Trail community for many years. Recently celebrating its 70th year anniversary built in the early 1900’s the lockers, now called DenCo Meats are still serving our community. Recently under new ownership the lockers have revived their efforts to increase awareness and promote a healthier choice of food. Working with only hand selected  farmers who are committed to healthy sustainable farming, DenCo Meats is helping the state of Colorado change the way we eat.  


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).[16] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), of which 0.0039 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.40%, is water.[8]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 390
1940 387 −0.8%
1950 421 8.8%
1960 764 81.5%
1970 374 −51.0%
1980 463 23.8%
1990 476 2.8%
2000 598 25.6%
2010 546 −8.7%
Est. 2016 681 [6] 24.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[17]

As of the census[18] 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 per square mile (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.

There were 247 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the town, the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 105.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,481, and the median income for a family was $35,357. Males had a median income of $31,324 versus $21,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,000. About 3.0% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.


Deer Trail is served by Deer Trail School District 26J. Deer Trail School District 26J has one elementary school, one middle school and one high school. The three schools are Deer Trail Elementary School, Deer Trail Middle School and Deer Trail High School. The school mascot is the Eagles.[19]


  1. ^ "2014 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Places". United States Census Bureau. July 1, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Archived from the original on 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  3. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  4. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on November 23, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2007. 
  8. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Deer Trail town, Colorado". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Field and Farm Magazine", Denver Public Library Western History Division
  10. ^ "Treasured Memories", Deer Trail Pioneer Historical Society
  11. ^ Colorado House Joint Resolution No. 1025, 1969
  12. ^ "Colorado Rodeo Roots" Kathryn Ordway, 1980
  13. ^ Pro-rodeo Hall of Fame, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  14. ^ Town of Deer Trail considering hunting licenses for unmanned aerial vehicles, bounties for drones; Denver ABC 7 TV; July 16, 2013.
  15. ^ Colorado town's vote on drone ordinance postponed; CNN; December 10, 2013.
  16. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  17. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  18. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  19. ^ "Deer Trail School District 26J". Deer Trail School District 26J. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 

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