Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Matthews Winters Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail with beautiful scenery. Flat areas along with ascending trails throughout. Lots of mountain bikers. I really enjoyed it. Beautiful colors in the fall.

Easy trail. With beautiful views of the red rocks. Passed a few mountain bikes and fellow hikers but overall not too busy for a Friday.

One of my favorite hikes since it is so close to Denver but a different geography. I live very close and prefer to take guests here.
I’ve seen owls and raptors around the rocks and like the view at the end.

It's pretty much a reverse version of Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks Trail. First mile or so was boring, but once it gets closer to Red Rocks, the view gets better. Good and fun trail for beginner hikers. Have fun!

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hiking
1 month ago

Pretty easy trail. Didn't go all the way out and back. Not a ton of shade, so definitely wish I had put on sunscreen. Will also wear my boots next time cause it's pretty rocky and rough on my ankles. On the way up, there's interesting geological facts about the area. Nice views of the back of red rocks too.

on Zorro Trail

hiking
1 month ago

The only pro for this trail is that it provides quick access to Dakota Ridge from the east.

on Red Rocks Trail

hiking
1 month ago

During the week, the traffic is decently low. Nice lookouts and lots of raptors surfing the air currents around the cliffs. Loop with Dakota Ridge for a decent mileage loop.

Nice hike before a show

HIGHLY TRAFFICKED. Views look over Morrison and Ken Caryl. Lots of dog poop people haven’t even bagged. Lots of dogs. But there’s a bike or a group of people about every 20ft; on weekends, weekdays, morning or night. Really detracts from the scenery. Highly. Trafficked.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice light hike for a family.

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

Nice trail for a liesurely hike or run. Easy going switchbacks up to the Dakota Ridge Trail. I took to the right for some good views and a bit more challenging stair cimb up to the top of the ridge. Will definately be going back to sample some of the other trails in the area.

Beautiful Trail. Very little tree coverage so plan accordingly with sun and heat.

hiking
2 months ago

Very interesting archeological site. The hike is easy on the road, shared with road cyclists. I thought it was really interesting to see the old seabed and footprints and more. Combined with the Dakota ridge trail it’s a nice hike. No shade, so don’t forget the sunscreen. The Dakota ridge trail can be somewhat challenging in the heat, i for one had a slightly hard time because my body doesn’t handle heat very well. Probably best enjoyed early morning or evening before sunset.

hiking
2 months ago

Short hike to get to the Dakota ridge trail. I combined this hike with Dakota and dinosaur ridge. In itself not very exciting.

hiking
2 months ago

I only came to see the dinosaurs but a neat walk, the ridge offers nice views of the surrounding region.

hiking
2 months ago

I’ve hiked this trail today and it’s a very beautiful trail. It doesn’t follow the red rock trail for most of the hike, it turns onto a black trail. But it’s absolutely worth it. You can also choose to continue following the red rocks trail, it’s an easier trail with less ascending. However if you are in a decent shape, take the black trail via the top of the mountain for beautiful views of the city. Watch out for rattle snakes, I’ve seen one sunbathing on the trail. More people have seen them a lot sunbathing.

Nice hike with limited shade so sun screen or an early start is best. Nice views of red rocks area and worth the “walk”.

Just did this hike today! For the next few weeks, please BEWARE. I saw a mountain lion about 2.4 Miles into my hike (the lookout point shortly after you see red rocks). Lions are always out there, but just be careful.

Was great for beginners. Not too rocky depending on which path you take. Didn't see much wildlife though, aside from a ton of butterflies and grasshopper. I would say light trafficking but I got there at 9am and stayed to 11am. (on my way out there were a handful of people coming in)

hiking
3 months ago

I do this trail weekly (if I’m not traveling). Nice in the early morning or late evening. Good glimpses of wildlife but a great place to decompress and enjoy the outdoors.

3 months ago

A beauty! We jumped onto Dakota Ridge and made a nice loop!

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy day hike with a view of Red Rocks

4 months ago

Gorgeous view. Bottom half of the trail was pretty bland but was a good walk.

Crowed on weekends but a good time

hiking
4 months ago

Wanted to get a moderate hike in close to home. Well marked wide trails, busy spot of course since it's close to the city and near Red Rocks Amphitheater. Also ran into two snakes that were crossing the trail, keep your eyes open for these as rattlers are a possibility.

trail running
4 months ago

Good spot to run 5.8 miles. My first trail run and took me 1.5 hr but of coarse enjoying the view and taking pictures. Definitely will go back

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