Red Rocks / Dakota Ridge Loop

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Matthews Winters Park

Red Rocks / Dakota Ridge Loop is a 10.8 kilometer heavily trafficked loop 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 are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.8 km Elevation Gain: 363 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

hiking
22 days ago

What a great time on a beautiful trail!!!!

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bugs
rocky
25 days ago

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off trail
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Great trail, but we somehow ended up getting off trail; we still ended up doing 5.3 miles. Also, the parking lot the directions from this app brought us to started about 1 mile into the trail. It was beautiful with great views and wild flowers starting to come up. No snow, ice, or mud. There is some technical work. It’s a nice trail for trail jogging and hiking. When we got back to the car, we saw a group of 8 deer atop the hills.

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muddy
2 months ago

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muddy
2 months ago

At this time, if you want to capture the views atop the plateau and avoid excessive mud, I recommend starting from Red Rocks instead. The south facing sections of trail were clear and dry, while the north facing sections, especially the first mile or so, were almost no-go muddy.

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icy
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

icy
muddy
rocky
snow
6 months ago

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icy
muddy
snow
6 months ago

hiking
closed
6 months ago

This trail is currently closed. 11.8.19

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Really great views of Red Rocks from above. It can get really busy early with a small parking lot available. But, it’s a nice trail/loop.

hiking
Wed Mar 27 2019

Great trail that is well cared for. Not a bunch of traffic in the middle of the week. Very dog friendly. Beautiful views of Red Rocks at the top of the hike. Still a little bit of mud and ice, but so bad for just hiking boots.

Fri Feb 22 2019

Lots of improvements made!

Sat Sep 29 2018

Easy trail. With beautiful views of the red rocks. Passed a few mountain bikes and fellow hikers but overall not too busy for a Friday.

hiking
Sun Sep 16 2018

It's pretty much a reverse version of Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks Trail. First mile or so was boring, but once it gets closer to Red Rocks, the view gets better. Good and fun trail for beginner hikers. Have fun!

hiking
Thu Aug 09 2018

Beautiful Trail. Very little tree coverage so plan accordingly with sun and heat.

hiking
Tue Jul 17 2018

Was great for beginners. Not too rocky depending on which path you take. Didn't see much wildlife though, aside from a ton of butterflies and grasshopper. I would say light trafficking but I got there at 9am and stayed to 11am. (on my way out there were a handful of people coming in)

Fri Mar 16 2018

Of course I’m from the flatlands of Michigan – so this trail seems great to me.

Wed Aug 30 2017

The summit was gorgeous! Very little shade but a few spots here and there to sit and break. Los of butterflies and saw a couple of young bucks along the way.

Sun Aug 13 2017

Nice spot for a early evening hike w the pup. Narrow in spots, but relatively accommodating to passers by. Fab for some photos to the south.

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