• Activities:

    Running, Hiking, Fitness, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    6 Miles

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Scenic

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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Love it for it's proximity to Denver, but other than that it left a little to be desired. I prefer exploring within the Red Rocks Park itself.

7 months ago
7 months ago

Check Red Rocks out around sunset, the lighting on the rocks is something to pretty sweet

8 months ago
8 months ago

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.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

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.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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