South Rim and Willow Creek Loop Trail

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South Rim and Willow Creek Loop Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Littleton, 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.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
465 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

A gentle hike with spectacular red rock views Roxborough State Park is a true natural gem, conveniently located in Southwest Denver. The park is one of the best places near Denver to encounter wildlife. The highlight of this hike will be the dramatic views of the red rock formations angling skyward. This trail offers some of the best views in the park, and is less crowded than the fountain valley trail. This is a state park so you will need to purchase a day pass for $6, or an annual pass for around $60. In order to protect the wildlife and the natural state of the park there are some restrictions here.Restrictions - Pets are not permitted in the park. - Visitors must remain on park trails. - Trails are closed to horses and bicycles. - Rock climbing is prohibited. - The park is open to day use only

hiking
1 month ago

Very icy on the west side of the loop on the inclines. Many people were falling/struggling. We hiked clockwise and that seemed to work out better so that we hit the ice downhill. Gorgeous hike as always with 60° temps mid December.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice quick hike. There was a large amount of bear scat on the trail, so make noise and be safe.

Beautiful views but little no tree coverage for half of the trail so wear a hat and sunblock!

hiking
3 months ago

Overall an easy yet very lovely hike. I started from the visitor center trailhead and took a left at the fork for the willow creek trail, and completed the South Rim clockwise, which allows for better views in front of you as you hike back north. Trail is in great condition and fall leaves are starting to turn. Fair amount of bear scat around, so do keep your eyes pealed!

4 months ago

Breathtaking views, and very well groomed path. Two thumbs up! Definitely recommend this trail!

4 months ago

This is always my first hike of the summer. It's easy, with some beautiful views--Perfect for when you want to just relax.

4 months ago

This is a nice easy hike. I recommend accessing the trail from across the visitor center as there will be a descent with no shade. To access from a further parking lot would have you walking uphill fully exposed to the sun. Great views from the top of the ridge.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a good hike but not a lot of shade. The views were pretty amazing and we saw some deer grazing in the valley. It took about 1hr 15mins.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a wonderful wildflower hike and challenging enough for my two kids, 7 and 10, to prepare them for our longer hikes in the high country. The Fountain Formations all along the Front Range are always amazing. I never get tired of the view! Bring your binoculars. Fall migration is upon us and the birds love Roxborough. Soo much to see and do! Great proximity to home to be able to enjoy in the winter without having to fight traffic up the hill!

5 months ago

Great views. Nice moderate hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Wonderful hike, with a lot of wildflowers!

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hike for new hikers. Small park so there weren’t a lot of people. Get there early. Only 75 spots in park so you could end up waiting to get in, but it is worth it!

hiking
8 months ago

Great simple loop with amazing views of the valley, I highly suggest going clockwise instead of counter clockwise, it felt a lot steeper going counterclockwise and you start off within the forest/shade of the mountains. Going clockwise it had a lot longer switchbacks along the valley so it seemed a lot easier. Though of course either way you go the views are spectacular! The full loop trail is currently closed going across Roxborough Drive so you have to take the Willow Creek Trail in the middle to make it a loop.

9 months ago

LOVED the red rock views on this hike. Truly spectacular. I just tried to imagine I didn’t see the giant houses nearby. ;-)

hiking
9 months ago

amazing rocks and beautiful views. lots of wildlife.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail; would be even better in the summer.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice snowy hike! Only icy in a few areas that get more shade, yaktrax were helpful. Rocks are still beautiful spotted in snow!
Nice mellow family friendly hike! Requires State Park day pass purchase and no dogs or biking allowed.

hiking
Monday, November 20, 2017

Beautiful trail with lots of awesome views of the foothills. Also looks like a mini garden of the gods in places.

hiking
Saturday, November 04, 2017

Beautiful views and good for kids. Get there early - after 11 you might have to wait to enter the park. We started around 9:30 and there was a decent amount of shade, still. You can park right at the start of willow loop trail, so you don’t need to go up to the visitors center. First mile is moderately strenuous uphill (or at least felt that way with our one year old on my back). It was pretty windy at the top but felt warm with the sun. The rest of the trail is easy and winds through wooded areas and open meadows.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Roxborough is a beautiful park! Watch out for the stumps in the middle of the trail as they are easy to not see and trip over while taking in the beauty.

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Great trail with a gradual small climb. Gorgeous views of the red rocks. Absolutely loved this hike. We combined this trail with the Fountain Valley loop and it was perfect.

hiking
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Almost 3 miles. Took about 1 hr 45 mins with lots of stops to take photos. Decent amount of shade was a surprise. Still, lots of sun exposure. We started on the trail near the visitors center. Was told this was a little easier as the incline to the top is stretched out more. You can also enter the trail from the parking lot closer to the entrance. I think the view of the ridge is probably more enjoyable coming down then going up.

hiking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pretty easy trail. The rock formations are pretty -- similar to Red Rocks or Garden of the Gods. This trail took us about an hour and a half. Be prepared to pay for parking. We started early, around 7 am, and encountered a stag about 100 feet away. Beautiful.

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Really enjoyable trail with lots to view!

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Part of Roxborough SP. short trail. See map pic and do other trails there!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

You have to pay to enter the park and use the trails.

trail running
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Beautiful hike! I decided to go during the day today and it was wonderful. It's very green and many of the wild flowers are blooming. The trail is a little washed out near the top of the bluff but it's really not too bad.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Great north facing views of the rocks, mountains, and city from the top.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beautiful views of the red rocks. Looks like Garden of the Gods.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

One of our favorite hikes. Great for visitors

hiking
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This is an easy trail with great views and lots of benches along the way to rest and enjoy the open fields and views of the rocks. Also some great city views. Best during the week since it's much less busy. Bummer you have to pay $7 every time you go but since it's a state park you have to. But worth it for sure.

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