Panorama from the Red Rocks Park hike in Denver, Colorado
Panorama from the Red Rocks Park hike in Denver, Colorado

Red Rocks Park hike

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Red Rocks Park hike

Distance: 1.5mi
Elevation: 394ft
Time: 1h

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Hike around, over and through the beautiful sandstone red rocks that make up the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater and if you’re lucky, stay for a concert in one of the most amazing venues in Colorado! We can’t think of a better way to finish a day of walking Denver’s many trails.

Red Rocks Park hike Map

Getting there

From Denver, take I-70 west. Take exit 259/Morrison (County Road 93).  Make a left, head south under the highway for 5.0mi. Take a right on Red Rock Park Rd (The street sign is hard to see, but this is Entrance #2) and follow it past the box office. Make a right at the stop sign, on Trading Post Road. You can park at the Colorado Music Hall of Fame (aka the Trading Post) or along the road. The trail entrance is just to the south of the building.

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When to do

Year round

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

No

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Circuit


Red Rocks Park
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Route Description for Red Rocks Park

Red Rocks Park has amazing views and excellent hiking trails. It is also home to one of the best music venues in the world, the Red Rocks Amphitheater. To get a quick dose of this park, hike the Trading Post Trail and then go explore inside the amphitheater when it’s not in use.

This 1.5mi hike is a loop around the park and can be done in either direction. For the sake of this description, travel clockwise.

Start just to the south of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame building. You’ll see the trailhead signs and start down a small flight of stairs. As you begin, you’ll see out over Bear Creek State park and the Soda Lakes. There are a ton of sandstone red rock formations boarding the whole hike.

You’ll descend for the first 0.3mi, often times hiking on the rock itself before it turns into a dirt trail. The trail is well marked and it winds and curves around the big red rocks, encircling the largest of the rocks. You’ll cross over the street two times, but the trail is easy to see on the other side. As you make your way back to the trailhead, you’ll ascend in elevation, toward the amphitheater and ending at the north side of the building you started at. Take the time to enjoy the views, flowers, birds and sometimes the occasional lizard.

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Insider Hints

  • Check the red rocks concert schedule. If you get a chance, see a show while you’re in the area – it’s worth it!

  • If there is not an event going on, you can walk into the amphitheater. Locals often take their workouts here, literally using risers and stairs.

  • On your way out of town, stop for a bite to eat at one of the many diners or restaurants in Morrison.

Comments

marysmith 2 years ago

Absolutely stunning nature and surroundings.

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Adamcox 2 years ago

I enjoyed the variety of hiking trails and the majestic views.

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TopherSan 2 years ago

The views here are a feast for my eyes!

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BoulderBound 2 years ago

I'm amazed with the beauty of Red rocks. Taking care of the place is like taking care of the animals living there.

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Earl M. 3 years ago

Been here a couple of times before. Great concert venue on a sunny day. Not so good when the weather is awful.

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ddiana 3 years ago

My family loved the Red Rocks, very convenient if you want to run away from the city with your family for a day. There are some other attractions around

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Ramiro G. 3 years ago

Popular among locals

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