Hike the Red Rocks Trail

Colorado Red Rocks Amphitheater Lower North Lot

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Red Rocks Trail is an meandering 6 mile loop that connects with Matthews-Winters open space. Beautiful views of red rocks and, on clear days, the City of Denver in the distance.

While this is a 6 mile hike, it is relatively easy to add mileage to it and tailor it to fit your needs. Instead of simply doing the Red Rocks Trail/Morrison Slide loop, you can head all the way to the Village Walk trail in Matthews-Winters. You can also park along Red Rocks Trail Road and eliminate .70 miles from the journey.

In the winter, the north sides of all the mountains are pretty snow covered, meaning Yaktrax or a similar traction device will make the hike much easier. There were portions that were too slick for us to walk down in the morning so we resorted to sliding, but once the mid-morning sun came out, the paths became much easier to navigate.

This trail is perfect for hiking, trail running, and because the majority of it is in the Open Space and not Red Rocks Park, bouldering is permitted. Dogs are allowed on this trail, too.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Water
  • Yaktrax (winter)
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Activities:

Fitness, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Running

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

6 Miles

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Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Scenic

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5 months ago

Nice Hike but Lots of Bikes

This was a nice, easy hike, close to Denver, but my only complaint is the number of mountain bikes on the trail. Bikes often came flying around corners, requiring me to keep my dog on a tight leash.

5 months ago

about 1 year ago

Nice running trail

This is a go-to trail for me with nice climbs and views. I most often use it to create a loop with the Hogback trail. It some areas that can get really muddy after recent snow or rain but it drains relatively quickly.

about 1 year ago

Added by Haley Baker

Library and Information Sciences student trying to have an adventure every weekend

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