• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Winter

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible
Scenic

Experience Denver's stunning Red Rocks Park when the big crowds are gone and snow covers the park's namesake rocks.

Red Rocks is a bustling park in the summer when its famous amphitheater is filled with concerts. In winter though, the park dies down and becomes even more quiet when snow is falling. Grab your camera and head to the park during a winter storm to truly enjoy the beautiful red sandstone formations capped with contrasting powder. Parking is available throughout the area with the Trading Post being a great central location for exploring from.

There are numerous trails to hike in the park with some traveling through the red rocks and others taking you to up to high points with views of Denver. If you want to get a workout in while exploring Red Rocks there are a ton of options. There are 69 rows of benches in the amphitheater. Run or sprint the rows from side to side. Do all 69 rows and you've done a 5K. If you dare, start at the stage and run, leap, frog hop, or squat jump your way to the top. Not enough for you? Add pushups and dips. Or head down to the parking lot below the stage and walk, or run if you can, the 388 steps to the top. In the amphitheater alone there are 192 steps. If you can make it to the top running, considering yourself a fitness rockstar. After running the stairs, hike or bike one of the two trails in Red Rocks Park. The Trading Post Trail is 1.4 miles and goes through spectacular rock formations, valleys, and a natural meadow. The other is Red Rocks Trail. From the amphitheater, take Red Rocks Trail east to Dakota Ridge Trail and loop back to Red Rocks Trail through Matthews-Winters Park for a dramatic 6-mile loop.

Pack List

  • Warm layers
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Traction for shoes
  • Camera, lens, & tripod
  • Extra batteries
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Its crazy what a difference winter makes. This place covered in snow is worth checking out for sure!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Don't forget your camera! The Trading Post Trail has awesome views. And although it's short, the changes in elevation can turn the hike into a decent workout if you keep a good pace.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

For a winter day after snow things were pretty warm and clear, with a lot of visitors. A few uncleared paths throughout the park were a lot of fun; just be careful for the ice. Much of it is very structured, you can't really wander the terrain. Dogs everywhere!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

There's a reason Red Rocks is so famous. Yes the rocks make a world class concert venue, but the surrounding area is also chock full of natural beauty. Any time someone tells me they have family or friends coming in to Denver to visit I always tell them to make sure to go to Red Rocks. If you visit Denver and don't check this park off your list then you're missing out!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Jason Hatfield Explorer

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at jasonjhatfield.com

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