Red Rocks Trail

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Red Rocks Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
393 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

Directions from Broadway: Red Rocks Trailhead: Traveling north passed the University turn left on to Mapleton Avenue. The trailhead lies approximately eight blocks west of Broadway on the left side of the road.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice, short trail for a quick nature getaway. It is quite steep if you enter from Settler’s Park, much more than expected. There are beautiful views of Boulder at the top. Bring lots of water and sunscreen as there’s not much shade.

hiking
13 days ago

Easy hike with the dog (I have a pug and he did fine). A little more scrambling up rocks than expected but not hard at all. Perfect for something quick with the dog! This park fills up fast so go early if you want a spot. I arrived at 10am on a Sunday, the lot was already half full. I might consider going earlier next time. Not a lot of shade, so bring sunscreen and water!

21 days ago

Easy hike with the doggo.

hiking
23 days ago

Quick and easy trail, and a great view of Boulder!

25 days ago

Entered from the south side (near Settler’s Park), so the hike up was a little strenuous, but totally worth it. Gorgeous view of the surrounding area and fun time climbing on the rocks. Do it!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful trail but it was not in any way “easy”. It was the first time I took my dog out hiking and it was very challenging for him. It’s a nice hike with beautiful views but there is a lot of climbing up and down and rocks to climb so just be aware. It was also easy to get lost- using this app saved me!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little jaunt! Very enjoyable.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy loop, which was good for my dog on a hot summer day. If you want a little more of a challenge you can enter the trail from a small path on the side of the road (with a sign post), maybe a few hundred feet before the parking lot. You'll essentially hike it in the opposite direction as everyone else and the hike up is a bit harder that way. But still relatively quick. We did this by accident, not bad. Good views.

1 month ago

Quick hike, great view

2 months ago

I hiked on a gloomy day. There are not a lot of hikers. It is a short but sweet hike. Great views up the top. Love it!

2 months ago

Loved it

2 months ago

too many tourists

2 months ago

Kids loved it but lots of loose rock and mud.

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous red rocks. Easy to get lost, but that’s part of the fun! Best if you enjoy climbing rocks - climbing to the peak of them was a highlight for me. Can be scary climbing back down from rocks. The grass is so green at some parts that it looks prettier than some golf courses!

hiking
5 months ago

This Red Rocks to Anemone trail is closed off at the Centennial Trailhead, accessed from Mapleton Ave as it's turning into Sunshine Canyon. Postings said it was supposed to open in February. (I'm told you can get on the RR trail from Settler's Park.) Probably 12 parking spots in this lot. Instead we took the Sunshine Canyon trail (easy, narrow trail) and then crossed the canyon to get on Lion's Lair.

5 months ago

Beautiful views, lots of fun. Brought our dog and he loved it.

5 months ago

Stay on the trails for an easy walk with awesome views, or climb around on the rocks for something different. The whole family went on this hike and everyone enjoyed it.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this fun short trail yesterday. It was a breeze and the dogs loved it.
Caution: parking lot, stairs, and beginning of trailhead are very icy right now but the rest is fine.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a nice short hike for the family. Lots of views to keep the parents motivated and lots of rock scrambles to keep the kids engaged. The western half of the loop was closed but the hike up to the peek was still rewarding.

hiking
7 months ago

Great day for a hike in late December. The trail was somewhat muddy and slushy with melted snow on the way up and down, but to be expected this time of year. At the top, there are some nice rock scrambles if you use your imagination, and the views are incredible.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hiking and fun opportunities for bouldering! Stellar views of Boulder city.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice easy set of trails up to some amazing red rock formations sooo close to downtown but hidden nestled among the foothills. Go just past the sanitas trailhead to find parking and some great trails going on either side and through/over the awesome red rocks. Note... this is not red rocks like the famous amphitheater!

9 months ago

Cool rock formations to scramble up on!! You can see these rock formations from Chautauqua Park, just jutting out of the ground. I did it after the Anemone trail which is just a short distance from the trailhead.

9 months ago

by Kentucky standards this was not easy. i was out here for a wedding working in hour hikes when i could. This had too many people and to close to town. but i did not rate it lower because it is in the rockies and you got t see some red rock.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail, some damage from recent valley fire. The on-leash designation is incorrect, this trail is part of the voice and sight control off-leash program per Boulder County: https://bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/dog-regulations-by-area

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail with neat views from the top. The max elevation is around 5800. Went the day after the October snowstorm so it was pretty slick, but had a great time.

hiking
10 months ago

This was our last day hiking in the area and although this is much better than the trails where we live, after hiking in the National Park this was much different. The trail turns weren't labeled that well and a portion of the trail was under construction where they were putting in water or sewage lines. You can definitely make your own routes back in here but I'm sure there is much better hiking in the area than this.

11 months ago

Out for a run? Head to the end of Pearl St.
Quick easy hike/run up to the Red Rocks.
Or a light walk/hike with your partner, great views of Boulder.

hiking
11 months ago

A quick, exciting hike w/ connect to Mount Sanitas.

11 months ago

I was very fond of this hike. Beautiful rock formations and views, and a lot of little trails to take detours.

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