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Sand Canyon, Mesa, Greenlee, Red Rock Canyon Loop

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Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Sand Canyon, Mesa, Greenlee, Red Rock Canyon Loop is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 885 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

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.

City of Colorado Springs 719-385-2489

Directions: From I-25 take the Cimarron Street exit west. Cimarron Street will turn into Highway 24. After the 31st Street light, turn left onto Ridge Road. Red Rock Canyon will be on the south side of the street. The parking lot is located at the end of Ridge Road. Tips: 1. The park is very family friendly, including port-a-potties in the parking lot. However there are no water taps (that I know of anyway); so bring plenty of your own, because it can get warm here in the summer time. 2. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash, except in two specially designated areas in the northwest section of the park. 3. Bicycles are welcome; there is even a special bike obstacle course near the east end of the parking lot.

This trailhead is located just off of Highway 24 on the West side of Colorado Springs. Turn south off of 24 onto Ridge Road. The very first left after this turn will take you through a gate and into the parking lot for the trailhead.

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Reviews (956)
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Recordings (744)
Completed (2829)
Ann Bridges
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Keith Chapman
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Running

Ran the perimeter and overlook trail. Had to stop and check the map to make sure I was turning the right way just about every turn.

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Isaac Manion
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Jen O
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Hiking

Enjoyed this hike, but went off trail quite a few times. I’m a beginner and had some trouble navigating a few times. Quite a few people on the trail from 8-10am, but a few stretches of solitude. Most of the trail is not shaded. Some nice breezes at times. Saw a deer & a few pretty birds. Fairly suitable for beginners, as there are no major inclines & the majority of the trail is wide & clear. Several beautiful outlooks where you can see Garden of the Gods in the distance. This was a good balance of challenge for a beginner.

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Stephen Andrichak
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Hiking

Beautiful walking trails. Scenic views. Can choose from many trails to extend or shorten hike. Crowded even on a weekday

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Jordy Wasser
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Hiking

Close to town, beautiful views, more of a tourist type trail/hiking. Still fun and worth checking out. Not good for social distancing tho.

Zach Bordewick
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HikingRocky

This was a fun hike, not too physically demanding. It was sprinkling so did get a little wet/muddy, but not bad. Solid hike if you have a couple hours to burn.

Jack Busher
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Lindsay Tullar
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Walking

one of my favorite spots. As a heavier gal this spot pushes me out of my comfort zone (especially on that first climb uphill) there is plenty of mixed elevations that give me the much needed workout to kick my lungs into overdrive. the views are gorgeous, people are friendly and supportive, and there is endless puppies to acknowledge along the trails be sure to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated

Roxana Pezeshki
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Hiking

Good trail, not too hard not super easy. We also picniced by the lake

David Means
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The open space was nice. Parking was decent, but I'd say the earlier the better to arrive. Maps are on-site of various trails to venture. Bikers and hikers mainly. Will be going back again!

Haley Rose
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C D
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Hiking

Beautiful day to go on a short hike with my family (hubby and 5yo) we did a 3 mile loop and it was perfect! Lots and lots of people here though and small trails for passing.

Natasha Dunbar
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Hiking

This is a lovely park space, but I wouldn’t recommend this for what I consider a hike. Definitely family friendly, and dog friendly, but a very high trafficked park. Hard to find quiet space as someone is never too far away, with that being said, the views are still beautiful and I frequent this place often for quick morning/evening walks! I’d recommend this park if you’re a very beginner hiker or just starting out mountain biking!

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Really hot. Good views.

Madeline d'Oliveira
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Beautiful trail but very little shade so definitely bring the sun screen and water!

Klein Arteaga
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Jen Ledesma
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Hiking

Nice trail! Not too crowded. Dog friendly. They even have a small “no leash” area for dogs to run around freely! Our dog loved it! Beautiful scenery. A bit windy so bring a jacket.

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Nick Carchedi
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Hiking

Cool rock formations, but kind of a one-note trail. Seems more fun for mountain bikers.

Katie Hatfield
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I love this area. I do wish it was a little less trafficked, but once you get out of the main corridor or rock it is easier to social distance. It is hard to run so I wouldn’t recommend this trail as a running trail.

Yolonda Williams
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Hiking

Definitely recommend this trail. It has great hills and an amazinggggg view!

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Rachel Ross
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Very pretty up here but not like “trails” it is a large space like it says with many options to go around the area. Family oriented, dogs, bikes, horses. Not a hard hiking area.

Julian Garcia
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Mountain biking

Redoing my review as this is NOT A BIKE TRAIL. It is marked as biking on the app, it’s not. The designated trail that it has you follow runs you up or down steep staircases and parts that I don’t even know that you could go over. Needs to be changed, as the signs also say bikes are prohibited.

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Julian Garcia
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Mountain biking

Hard as hell hill at the beginning. But a great location.

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Nicole Crawford
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loved this hike however I found it hard to stay on the same trail.

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