Sand Canyon, Mesa, Greenlee, Red Rock Canyon Loop

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Sand Canyon, Mesa, Greenlee, Red Rock Canyon Loop is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
885 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

10 days ago

Fun spot to walk around, great for all physical activity levels. The quarry is really cool!

hiking
muddy
17 days ago

Beautiful views, hilly. Snow is pretty much gone, but sections are muddy.

hiking
snow
21 days ago

Great trails; a little snowy, but easily walked without snowshoes.

Perfect winter hike. Some sections of ice, so bring the yak tracks. It’s worth taking a little detour up to see the quarry.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful hike, especially with the snow contrasting with the red rocks right now. The only change I would make to this route (especially if you have only one day to hike here), is to cut across from Greenlee Trail to Red Rock Canyon Trail (or vice versa, depending on where you started your hike), via the Quarry Pass Trail.

You will get to walk through the quarry; it is so cool to see where the rocks were cut out. It'll cut your hike shorter than the full 5 miles, but you could always double back. Or add an extra leg elsewhere, since all the trails are pretty well connected.

A nice walk. Pretty views. Dog was totally into it.

hiking
2 months ago

Ahhh, this luxurious park seems to have it all! It boasts trails of all levels, off leash dog area, and some fantastic views. I cannot remember which we hiked, as I feel we meandered between a few, but the experience was one to cherish. We hiked with our 7 year old and small dog among the red rock landscape. Coming up over a hill to take in the view of The Garden of the Gods at golden hour was nothing short of magnificent. I will certainly return to this open space to explore the remaining trails we were unable to complete.
(Hiked: March/2018)

2 months ago

Nice area for a short or long hike.

2 months ago

Incredible!

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect for a shorter hike. Nice because you can take it further if you have more time (this trail connects to ring the peak). Beautiful all year round! The greens in the summer are fantastic, fall colors are great, and winter is beautiful as well. I would caution if you go in the winter have the right gear, as you may experience snow, ice and muddy trails.

3 months ago

Pretty but also pretty easy to get off trail and get lost. Still worth checking out if you have a couple hours to spare. There are also some nice dog parks

trail running
3 months ago

Nice trails with nice views

6 months ago

Hot in summer. But beautiful

6 months ago

My first visit to Colorado Springs. I was impressed with the cleanliness of the trail and accessibility. Beautiful!

6 months ago

Beautiful, easy hike!

hiking
7 months ago

Overall a great place to hike; not too difficult and early in the morning it's not crowded. There are some people who don't keep their dogs on a leash and who don't pick up after them.

hiking
7 months ago

Great Hike, good variations of climbs,rocks, scenery. A hidden gem .

hiking
7 months ago

A good short hike, very dog friendly! Went on a Friday afternoon and it was moderately trafficked with kids, dogs, and humans!

hiking
7 months ago

Short and sweet then off to the bar for lunch.

hiking
7 months ago

A good family trail. First trail with our 4 month old in a front facing carrier and he tolerated one hour of hiking.

8 months ago

I wish i could give it more stars because we love this place for walking our dogs. It’s nicer in the late winter/ early spring because it gets too crowded in the summer with not many places left to park. It’s also very scenic once you go past the immediate area around the entrance and the lake. The only reason I give it so little stars is because someone we know had their car windows smashed and everything stolen out of it when he was there for roughly an hour during daytime. There were plenty of people around who could have called the police about it or something, but nobody seemed to care at all as it wasn’t their car or stuff... Needless to say, we won’t be going there anytime soon.

8 months ago

Gave it a 3 only compared to some of the other great trails in the area. But it’s a pretty area with a lake and some waterfoul. It has some interesting rock formations and distant views of the Garden of the Gods. Great walk and not very steep.

8 months ago

I like to take my kiddo here for long walks.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Great system within Colorado Springs.

8 months ago

was good for me

9 months ago

Such a fun place to visit. The trails were not too challenging. This was the first hike I’ve done since coming to Colorado a couple days ago. Perfect for those who haven’t quite acclimated yet.

10 months ago

Love the trails here. None are very challenging. There are many many trails to choose from, you can walk right among the rocks, out in the open flat grassy area, or under the tall trees near the stream. The rock formations are large and impressive and from several trails you can see a beautiful view of Garden of the Gods. Dogs are allowed and there is a new, large, and fully fenced off lease dog trail. There is also a very nice area dedicated to mountain biking trail practice. It has several obsticles and ever a teeter totter you can ride over. In the morning the trails are frequented by horseback riders and rock climbers. The only real drawback is that due to its being so easily accessible as it is right in town, Red Rock Open Space is usually very busy. However, the further you get from the parking lot and especially as you get on the back trails by the stream you see fewer and fewer people.

hiking
10 months ago

best wonderful ☺ close to my home

hiking
10 months ago

Extremely dog friendly. The lake was absolutely beautiful! Definitely coming back soon as we got a late start and turned around a mile in due to the weather getting a bit too hot for our pups. Keep in mind there is very little shade for your pups as you walk. Early morning visit on hot days with pups would be best.

We wanted a easy hike on a beautiful day and this was a great pick. The parking was an issue but all trails were clearly marked and easy to follow. We were afraid it was gonna be really crowded but it wasn’t too bad.

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