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Red Rocks Trail is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.1 mi Elevation gain 344 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky Scramble
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Please note that partial trail closures are reported for this trail as of (07/16/2020). 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!

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

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.

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Theresa Rosa
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HikingNo shade

Quick and easy! Great views from the boulders.

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Talon Majors
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HikingGreat!

GREAT trail with tons of off shoots. Hiking and light scrambling with options to do a bit of light bouldering. AMAZING views. Fall colors, lightly trafficked and perfect for fall

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Brett Cassell
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Hiking

A little more on the moderate side of easy. Pretty short, but plenty of side trails to add distance to your hike. It’s easy to get off-trail, but if all of the trails connect so it’s not a big deal.

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Bill Beck
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Hit this early morning before work. Beautiful sunrise. I would really echo other comments about having good traction footwear. Lots of loose gravel, etc. Good short hike

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Mo Hom Gillion
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Hiking

My husband was in love with his hiking experience and can’t stop talking about it to me. Can’t wait to go hike with him soon. We are planning for it!

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Eva Phan
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

One of my favorite trails to hike near Denver/in Boulder. I like taking Red Rocks Spur for a faster, steeper rise to Red Rocks Trail. Difficulty of this trail kind of is what you make it — moderate rise, but category 2/3/low 4 scrambling and bouldering if you want to make it to some of the top most view points. A lot of fun. Partial shade on the way up, more sun on the way down. I recommend hanging out at Boulder Creek when you’re done!

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Lorena Solis
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Hiking

Nice hike but it should be considered moderate instead of easy. It was a bit too challenging for my 9 and 5 years old kids.

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Oddy Taylor
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HikingClosed

Some parts of red rocks are closed.

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Jack Gillion
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Hiking

Park in the city and walk to the trail and enjoy the town of Boulder. Adds about 2 miles to the total trip.

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Taylor Youtsey
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Hiking

Came here on a Monday morning around 8 am and there were a few parking spaces left. There is also street parking. Not too crowded. Beautiful hike with some incline, nice lookout point, lovely wildflowers and even a little stream my golden waded in. The trails were very clearly marked. Great hike if you’re looking for a fast hike with some elevation.

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Marissa Owen
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Hiking

Definitely a moderate trail, not clearly marked either.

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Ashley O'Neal
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HikingRockyScramble

This is a great trail for the family. My 3 year old enjoyed climbing on the rocks. There were some parts that were steep and I had to guide my little. Overall, once you are on the back side of the loop it pretty flat and the kids were able to run around without my worry. The red rock is very pretty.

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Caitlyn Knutzen
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Hiking

Fun trail however, I picked it because it said kid friendly but it was a bit challenging (steep inclines and declines) for my 3 and 5 year olds. Great views!

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Emily Hinkle
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

It was a fun trail and different than most that’s for sure. No matter which way u went (clockwise or counter clockwise), it was a pretty steep downhill in many parts. Little bit of scrambling here and there. Overall a good trail but I would say moderate. There are views throughout.

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Casey S
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Hiking

Nice with some good uphill rocky terrain. Many wildflowers and grassy flat areas. Nice combination. I stopped a few times so took me 55 minutes. There are many paths that lead up to rocks so I could find parts with less hikers. It seems to be popular so be prepared with your mask.

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Carly Y
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Hiking

Kid friendly, easy quick hike with good viewpoints.

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Emmalee Diederichs
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HikingBugsMuddyOff trailRockyScramble

This was a fun trail lots of uphill in parts and a decent downhill portion. Friendly hikers when you cross paths which happened maybe 5 times. Overall great quick hike.

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Kins C
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Hiking

Very nice! Pretty steep in a lot of places but not too bad. Was fun and would do again! My dog loved it

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Ashley Heidemann
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HikingRocky

Took this trail as the first hike for my 3 year old and it was just the right trail for him. Beautiful view. Paths are labeled pretty nicely (thought we got lost a few times) but overall it was great. Even got to splash in a little creek.

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Heather Ljoenes
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Hiking

Excellent trail condition with varied terrain and stunning views! Easy enough for my four year old but still with some moderate challenges!!

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Emily Brown
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You can take this hike half a dozen different ways. It’s hard to get lost, most paths lead back towards parking. Bouldering on the rocks themselves is very rewarding and there’s a nice bench at the top to take in the view. It’s a steep trail but very short.

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