Red Rock Canyon Trails

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Red Rock Canyon Trails is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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.

5.3 miles 1072 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running


horseback riding



wild flowers


Beautiful Canyon with Red Sandstone, grassy fields and ponds. Rock climbing is only allowed if you get a permit from the Garden of the Gods visitor center and with proper equipment. The Garden of the Gods is world famous, but two miles south of the Garden "Red Rock Canyon Open Space" invites hikers to enjoy the same geological strata in a much less "Victorian" setting. The land now included in the "Open Space" has been in use for at least 9,000 years, where because of its proximity to Fountain Creek early American settlers made their homes. In the more recent past, the Dakota Sandstone layer was used to quarry building materials, and portions of the park received trainloads of gold ore from the Cripple Creek mines to be refined. Since 2003 the city of Colorado Springs has developed this property into one of its premier parks, containing nearly 10 miles of connected trails suitable for hikers, bikers, and horse back riders (some trails are restricted to only one type of adventurer). The park is open year round from dawn to dusk, and with such varied terrain, you'll never tire of visiting and creating new ways of enjoying this delightful topography.

13 hours ago

So many trails to find. I love that Section 16 goes right into the open space. Beautiful views. My dog loves all of it especially the off leash loops.

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3 days ago

My kids and dogs loved this hike!

5 days ago

It's ok. About like a city park. Way to many off limits. Way too many mountain bikes to really enjoy hike, but hey if you like mountain bikes this may be for you.

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8 days ago

Brought my two dogs from out of town, it was 75 and a Saturday and the parking lots were packed but once we hit the trails we rarely encountered people. A lot of weed being smoked but I don't really care about that... legal here and what not but I would be upset if I had kids. But for the most part everyone we encountered were friendly and the trails were as easy or hard as you wanted to make it. A few places we climbed some of the rocks but after a long road trip we took it pretty easy. The dogs had a blast. Lots of people running them off-leash in the leashed areas and the off-leash area was basically empty. It was fun, easy and the dogs are pooped. It was a beautiful day. 4 stars only because there's no water and very few trash cans. We had plenty of our own so not a problem but walking around with dog poop for a long time wasn't too vacationy, but awesome day regardless. Just a nit pick.

trail running
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It was a beautiful day to hike! This trail in particular is pretty easy to follow using the AllTrails app! This one will wind you all around and through the park. There were some great views and the little pond in the center is nicest viewed from the Greenlee Trail side. Contemplation Trail is pretty neat with log benches all over for some nice thinking spots. Be sure to bring water! There aren't too many shady spots.

9 days ago

Beautiful views!

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Nice easy hike with lots to see

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