Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks Trail Loop

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Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks Trail Loop is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Morrison, Colorado 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.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1404 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

hiking
8 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Minimal protection from the wind.

hiking
2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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
3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

it's awesome

5 months ago

Look out for bikers. Great view of red rocks

hiking
5 months ago

Bring lots o' water, trail mix/fruit, hat and/or sunscreen if you plan to go mid-summer. Trail running and hiking can be challenging with its rough terrain, and there's almost no shade the entire loop. Lots of fun if you're prepared.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail, good rock scrambles for kids

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful views from the top of Dakota Ridge on both sides of the Ridge. The trail is very busy with hikers, runners, and mountain bikers. Only downfall is the highway very close to the trail.

6 months ago

Amazing view from the ridge, you feel on top of the world!

hiking
7 months ago

One of my favorite hikes near town. Dakota Ridge trail is rocky and up and down in elevation (and I've learned to wear boots or I come home with a few purple toes!) The red rocks trail is fairly easy-great spot at top to sit a enjoy views-busy trail head with bikes, dogs, runners and I've seen a few rattle snacks on this trail so be safe!

trail running
7 months ago

Tough at some points -- had to walk even though I was trying to run the trail. Great workout though and awesome views!

hiking
7 months ago

Very nice hike with great views!

hiking
7 months ago

Fun little hike with some cool dinosaur history. Pretty easy so it'd be great for kids too. Just don't go when it rains since some of the rocks can get loose.

hiking
8 months ago

Lots of loose rock on this trail. We did not finish due to rain storms coming in but the view before the half way point was still amazing!

8 months ago

Hard! Very hard for someone that is not use to the altitude and out of shape. I made it across the entire top. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen, and wear hiking boots. The views are worth it.

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