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

1 month ago

This is both a hiking and biking trail, but I didn't run into many bicyclist out there. It was my first time completing this loop and I loved it! At the time of writing this though the conditions on the trail are as follows: muddy, muddy, muddy with some ice and snow. The mud definitely made it harder than normal since you're trying not to slide off the side of the cliffs, but as long as you proceed with caution and watch your footing, you'll be okay! I was so glad I trekked through everything and really pushed myself through some of the terrain because the views are stunning. I'm definitely going to complete this one again, but maybe under dryer conditions.

Great variety of terrains.

A little icy and snowy in some areas, but plenty of parking and a beautiful hike.

Beautiful trail, more like moderate with some hard sections. Pretty easy overall. Exposed with little shade. Encountered a rattle snake on the trail!

Note: the direction button for this trail leads you to the Green Mountain Trailhead, which is on the other side of Dakota Ridge! If you go there you'll probably have an easier time finding parking than at the Matthews/Winter park. You start on the Zorro Trail across the road, which leads you up to Dakota Ridge. I accidentally went down Green Mountain trail because I missed the signs and was looking for the red rocks trail. I drove to Matthews instead and took red rocks to Dakota. I kind of likes that way better. *

*bikes arent allowed the first portion of the village walk trailhead I think but are on Zorro.

Solid hike. Not much shade but great to hike near RRX.
Didn’t like having to cross street

Loved it! Cool mix of terrains. We got a little turned around but made it and it was really satisfying! Very open so wear sun shirt.

6 months ago

Surprisingly scenic for being in the middle of everything. Great when looped with Red Rocks.

Was a fun and challenging trail when we went. It was very hot and not a lot of wind. But the hike itself I would do again

Hiked the Dakota Ridge section a couple of days ago with a group. Nice views, but a lot of freeway noise. We encountered 2 rattlesnakes, so pay attention to the trail!

Good trail, lot of exposure so plenty of water and sunscreen a must in hot weather. Also watch out for rattlesnakes, had a close encounter with one today on the trail.

Wow, this was one of the fun trails I've done in the past! Unfortunately my phone died while I was recording. The weather was perfect for it, (72F, cloudy) so we were able to handle 90% no share trail was not too bad.

This ridge walk should definitely be rated ‘Easy’ rather than Moderate. Completed it in under 2 hours... great views and a mostly flat, well-maintained trail. Would be good for trail running.

Was very scenic and pretty and close to the city. Long enough to get a solid hike in and not overly difficult.

Dakota Ridge side of loop rocky and I-470 in view most of way. Red Rocks side of loop very nice with feeling of being more away from city. Overall good workout and good views

Nice loop, pretty difficult at times. Did it with my dog on a gorgeous early AM during the week, saw 1 hiker and later in the afternoon some mountain bikers. Pretty exposed at times, gorgeous views. It definitely felt like spring.

I liked the hike. Thought it was moderate and not difficult . Wonderful views. The downside is that it is quite busy and has quite a few mountain bikers

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Started in the park on the Morrison trail and went all the way around going on Dakota ridge trail. This is a good somewhat difficult hike. going up Dakota ridge was the hardest part. the rest of the hike was fairly easy. I took just over two hours to do the whole loop.

I did the Dakota ridge section of this loop. Very great hike— challenging with beautiful views. I probably wouldn’t do this on a nice weekend as it is full of mountain bikers that often just come barreling through without notice.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Great trail!! Did it in about 5 hours including lunch on the trail. Was very crowded once you get on the red rocks trail but wasn’t too bad. Really have to look out for the mountain bikes though cause there were a lot. Overall great trail during the winter and not much mud or snow.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Liked that it was gradual up and down for most of it.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

This hike really is a great find for those days when you only have a few hours available, but that proximity to Denver does mean crowds, even in January. Thankfully, the dog owners seem to be fairly good about picking up after their pets and the mountain bikers, though numerous, were considerate. I didn't find the highway noise terribly noticeable, and it's really only about a quarter of the time that you're directly overlooking E470 anyway. So there are downsides to this one, but there are also plenty of beautiful overlooks, it loops, and it's a very easy drive from Denver. I'd recommend parking on the south end of the loop (if there are spots available) to end your hike downhill.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

It was an okay hike. On Dakota Ridge, you're hiking not too far from the highway, and in Red Rocks, you cross the road multiple times and it's pretty crowded ... so it's definitely not a hike if you want solitude. There were less people on Dakota Ridge than Red Rocks, unsurprisingly.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Minimal protection from the wind.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Difficult and fun hike! If you want a little less pain, go left from Zorro onto Dakota Ridge and do the circuit clockwise. Not a lot of people, but enough to keep us from feeling alone. The view was massive, but all you really see is the city from a distance.

trail running
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Fun run! Ended up being 9.5 miles, not the described 7.7

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Hiked the 10 mile loop of Red Rocks and Dakota Ridge. It was definitely a good view looking west. The trail was a little busy at parts. This trail is dog friendly.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Strenuous hike. You get a variety of views during the entire experience. There's also a large parking lot, but no water fountains unfortunately. Make sure to pack water - most of the hike is in the sun.

mountain biking
Saturday, October 07, 2017

Really fun ride! Had to hike the bike up at some points but was worth the ride down. Traffic was moderate but had long stretches without having to slow down or stop. Did see two rattle snakes on the trail, so be observant. Bring plenty of water.

Monday, September 18, 2017

it's awesome

Look out for bikers. Great view of red rocks

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