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Deer Trail, Colorado
Town of Deer Trail
Deer Trail, Colorado
"Home of the World's First Rodeo"
Location of the Town of Deer Trail in the Arapahoe County, Colorado.
Location of the Town of Deer Trail in the Arapahoe County, Colorado.
Deer Trail, Colorado is located in the United States
Deer Trail, Colorado
Deer Trail, Colorado
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County Arapahoe County
Platted 1875
Incorporated February 3, 1920
 • Total 1.180 sq mi (3.055 km2)
 • Land 1.175 sq mi (3.044 km2)
 • Water 0.004 sq mi (0.011 km2)
5,190 ft (1,582 m)
 • Total 1,068
 • Density 909/sq mi (351/km2)
 • Metro
2,963,821 (19th)
 • CSA
3,623,560 (17th)
 • Front Range
Time zone UTC−07:00 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−06:00 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) Both 303 and 720
FIPS code 08-19630
GNIS feature ID 0185065

The Town of Deer Trail is a Statutory Town located in eastern Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 1,068 at the 2020 United States Census, a +95.60% increase since the 2010 United States Census. Deer Trail is a part of the Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Front Range Urban Corridor. The town 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.

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


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). 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.


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%
2020 1,068 95.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census 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.

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