Red Rocks Trail

MODERATE 348 reviews
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Red Rocks Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Morrison, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1158 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

muddy

rocky

Old cemetery, nice views of Red Rocks Park and Denver metro area Start from the parking lot and walk about 100 yards, cross a stream, and continue straight on the Village Walk Trail. After 0.4 miles, take the Red Rocks Trail to the south. You will see the Morrison Slide rising in the distance. As you get closer, you can see the trail switchbacking up the side of Morrison Slide. After another 0.6 miles, you cross a stream. Just after the stream crossing, you come to the junction with the Morrison Slide Trail. Go up the Morrison Slide Trail and you will be rewarded with a pleasant walk along the edge of a 20 foot cliff. A nice resting spot is found just before you start descending the other side of the slide. This descent is a challenging mountain bike trail, so watch out for the bike riders struggling up the fairly rough trail. When you reach the Red Rocks trail, go north to return to your starting point. Warning: Other than the two stream crossings, there is little shade on this trail. It is best in the morning or evening.

hiking
22 days ago

Get here early this is a very crowded Trail. very well-kept and easy for kids unless you do Morrison slide

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail to do with a pup!

hiking
1 month ago

It was great to see the red rocks, as well as the amphitheater but expected it to be just a little more challenging. Overall had a great day, especially bc the weather was beautiful but it’s like a one and done type of hiking trail for me. Will definitely come back for a concert though!

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail! Right by roads but far enough away that at times you feel “in the mountains:” :)

I’ve seen 5 or 6 rattlesnakes in warm months. Watch your step

hiking
2 months ago

It’s Red Rocks! How can one not give 5 stars!?

trail running
3 months ago

Great trail to run!

mountain biking
4 months ago

nice wide trail. Mathews winter's park is a decent short challenge

4 months ago

This has beautiful views and awesome rocks. Lots of cool bugs too. It wasn't overly challenging but I still got a decent workout from it. The one con, in my opinion, is that it's really close to the highway and so you don't really feel much of an "escape" from the city. But it's still a great trail and definitely worth doing.

The trail does end abruptly though. The real treat is the view from the top of the rocks right before the second fork in the road to the Morrison Slide trail. After that you just hike down for about 10 minutes which gives some cool views of the rocks from below, but then you're turned around by a private property sign. I suppose you could just continue onto the Morrison Slide trail to make it a longer hike if you wanted.

4 months ago

Great trail...tough terrain and lots of elevation! Solid "moderate" trail!!!

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorite trails near Denver!

4 months ago

Bring lots of water due to heat

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Doable with 11 and 8 year old without too much whining.

6 months ago

gorgeous easy great for small kids

hiking
6 months ago

We LOVE this trail. We do it a few times a year.

hiking
6 months ago

Moderate to easy. Feels a lot like Arizona (dusty trail, cacti, red rocks), which was nice. You'll get the occasional uphill, but it's nothing intense. There are a lot of cool spots to take photos. Trail was crowded when I went (Sunday in May 2017). Overall, it was a nice, easy day hike. Minimal shade, so bring a hat and sunglasses. Zero snow when I went in mid-May 2017.

6 months ago

Great trail for running and gorgeous red rocks

6 months ago

I really love this network of trails! I always take my dogs too! Get there early to avoid the crowds though.

hiking
7 months ago

Excellent trail and beautiful park. Concert was going on while hiking, which was cool.

7 months ago

Beautiful views and easy hike!

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