Red Rocks Trail

MODERATE 546 reviews
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Red Rocks Trail is a 5.8 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
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,181 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

muddy

rocky

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.

4 days ago

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.

7 days ago

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hiking
15 days 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.

23 days ago

Nice hike before a show

23 days ago

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
24 days ago

Nice light hike for a family.

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
2 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.

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Crowed on weekends but a good time

hiking
3 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
3 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

hiking
3 months ago

Few friends and I hiked this, it was quite warm and there was some, if little shade. Stunning views and several opportunities to look out over the massive ridges and hills which surround the trail. Does have a few slightly steeper climbs, not wheelchair friendly, as well as a few sharp turns. We did run into several other hikers, as well as a few trail runners, cyclists and dogs. Still, very fun hike, perfect for a day in the hills.

4 months ago

It's just a really long walking path. Might as well be walking up sidewalk on a slight incline. Would be really cool for mountain biking or running. Not hiking worthy. Cool views, but nothing compared to what Colorado has to offer

4 months ago

In the area visiting, so great hike for so area views. Clean trails, lots of people.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike for my daughter and I.

hiking
5 months ago

Perfect

hiking
5 months ago

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5 months ago

Really nice foothill hike with decent views. I went on a Wednesday around 4pm and there were only two spots left in the parking lot. Quite a few mountain bikers, but they were all very courteous. The views on Morrison Slide trail were pretty awesome. The trail was completely dry, with the exception of a couple of small areas, which were not a big deal at all. There is very little tree cover on this trail, so prepare for that. I’m not sure I would want to do this trail in the summer for that reason. Also, I figure this is a prime location for rattle snakes when it does get hot, so I’m glad I got it out of the way when I did. All in all, it was a good hike and would be a great starter hike to bring lowland visitors as they adjust to the altitude.

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty decent. Get there early for parking

hiking
7 months ago

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8 months ago

It was foggy when I started hike, but it was such a beautiful hike. Bit icey in shades but enjoyable at the same time. It was really warm up the top, couldn't believe it is the end of December.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome trail with beautiful scenery all around.

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail to do with a pup!

hiking
10 months 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!

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