Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks Trail Loop is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Morrison, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Dakota Ridge Trail is a 6.5 mile loop trail located near Lakewood, Colorado that offers scenic views. It is possible to link to Matthew Winters/Red Rocks trails to create a longer loop. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
This puppy is steep in places but a worthy challenge with surroundings inviting enough to encourage deviation from the marked trails. A quick hike. The trail adjacent to it was heavily trafficked, but a brisk, steep climb. Beware lack of cover means heavy sun exposure near midday. No rattlesnakes observed in early August
Good Trail with some more challenging parts. Great view of red rocks on one side
Great trail with a lot of breathtaking views along the way. Definitely would be insanely hard mountain bike but hiking wasn't too bad. We just did the Dakota Ridge trail to the end and back and it ended up being about 4.5 miles. We heard several people say watch out for rattlesnakes.. Luckily we didn't come across any. Would definitely hike this trail again.
Be warned! If you do both of these trails as the description displays it will be more like an 8 mile hike.. Not 5.9 miles. I really enjoyed the views from the Dakota Ridge trail. Be aware it is on a ridge so it can have the ankle bending effect. The only bummer is the Dakota Ridge has freeways on both sides. Makes it a good hike for headphones to block out the sound of the cars. I saw someone mountain biking on the Dakota trail and looked like he wasn't having much fun.
Long but good!
Amazing views of nature at its finest! Great history of Red Rocks Amphitheater as well! Rock ON!
Nice hike nice views of Red Rocks. Trail is pretty much straight forward so you shouldn't get lost just follow signs and have a hikin day
Very technical, expert trail.
Good views and steep climbs on the ridge. Pleasant flats near Red Rocks.
Favorite trail! I do it quite often. Watch out for bikers, everyone is usually very cautious & polite! Stunning views
It was a nice day hike with the dog. Great view! Just be courteous to the mountain bikers. Can go down by the dinosaur tracks as well.
A lot of people on trail, one section muddy/icy in early March.