Red Rocks Trail

EASY 385 reviews
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Red Rocks Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking 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

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

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The many short trails leading to the impressive Red Rocks sandstone formations are well worth the quick hike. Rock outcrops, projections, holes, nooks, and giant boulders offer many types of climbing, scrambling, and exploring opportunities. Beginners to experts may practice their craft (freestyle only, no technical equipment allowed). A precaution, there are many sharp drops and smooth rock faces, so be careful and wise!

hiking
4 days ago

Our family of 5 wanted to do a quick Sunday afternoon hike and this one fit the bill. Our kiddos are 12, 9, and 6- they did great. It was a good Colorado summer day. The trail was a little busy. But not overly crowded. The kids enjoyed climbing on the red rocks.

hiking
scramble
13 days ago

Rock climbing, scrambling, and sandstone exploring paradise...but be careful & wise (see my trail description above).

hiking
21 days ago

The kids really liked this trail and loved climbing on the giant red rocks. Downtown Boulder is also close by.

hiking
rocky
23 days ago

This is a fabulous, beautiful, fairly short hike, but it is not easy. I would classify as moderate. It was short but with steep elevation most of the way to the top and lots of rocky, uneven hiking surface. If you are looking for an easy hike with the kids or a senior, this is not a stroll. Kids could definitely do it, just know that it’s partly steep and rocky.

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Beautiful but not at all easy - at least not if you follow the All Trails red line trail. It wasn't paved, it was very steep and with lots of loose rocks, it was really tough. If you follow the red line, you end up off trail. Moderate to difficult.

this is a nice short trail with nice views. it's not as easy as the rating implies. it is a steep climb in both directions. I was looking for a trail for my elderly dad, and this was not the best choice.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy. Mostly paved. Great views for the flatirons. Appropriate for all ages/abilities and dogs welcome.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike with fun rock views

hiking
1 month ago

Half of this hike was great! Very beautiful views of the rocks, but the other half felt like walking through someone's backyard. It's possible to skip to the cool rocks part and would recommend that instead.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous view of the flat irons, city, and red rocks. It was super fun climbing on the red rocks for even better views. But should definitely be careful if attempting to climb on the rocks!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with lots of great views! The trails weren't as well marked as I am used to but it was easy to figure out. My only complaints were the lack of shade in the second half of the trail (it was brutal even at 10am).

hiking
1 month ago

most of the views are in the first half of the hike. take the first spur that goes sharply uphill , and be prepared to scramble over some rocks. great place for a short hike with your dog

hiking
2 months ago

A little rough in the beginning if you start from west side. You can check trail from starting point to the end with short video on YouTube. “Red Rock Loop - Boulder, Colorado #3 ★★★★★

hiking
2 months ago

we love red rock trail , the view of Boulder is amazing

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Great trail. We went with a 4, 6, and 9 year old and everyone was able to keep up. Gorgeous scenery.

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

The walk up was a ton of fun! Great views and easy to navigate with all the trails leading to the same place. So much fun to climb the rocks at the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Great quick hike with beautiful views.

hiking
3 months ago

Super easy trail, lots of kids learning how to be one with nature

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

I would not say flat I would say there is an incline but not too bad. Pretty views of the rocks and the valley. Not long if you need a quick hike but want some exercise

hiking
3 months ago

This was our first hike in boulder. Very easy and great views.

hiking
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

It started out with a steep uphill climb and then levels out. There were parts that were very rocky that was a tougher climb. Views of the red rocks are great. I would say it is between easy and moderate - particularly some sections.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great trail, at first you have to walk up some steep boulders but then the trail levels out and it’s pretty. Saw some great wild flowers and views of the city. It wasn’t muddy at all! Can’t wait to go back. Hiked on 5.26.19

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