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

Wonderful hike, with a lot of wildflowers!

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

2 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
2 months ago

amazing rocks and beautiful views. lots of wildlife.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail; would be even better in the summer.

hiking
4 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
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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
10 months ago

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
10 months ago

Really enjoyable trail with lots to view!

hiking
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

trail running
11 months ago

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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

easy level trail. Note that the gates to visitor center opens at 8AM !

hiking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

The views are spectacular!

hiking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

Nice early morning hike on 1/1. I parked by the first parking are on the left when entering in the park, before the main visitor lot. You can hop right on the trail there. I then ended up back by the visitor center at the end of the hike, and the trail didn't really appear to lead back to my car, so just had to walk the short ways on the road back down to my vehicle. Nice views, only saw one other group of two hikers the whole time. Sections are icy but fine with my microspikes and taking it a little slow in areas.

hiking
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Beautiful views of Roxborough and Hogback. The trail is icy and dangerous in spots right now.

hiking
Saturday, November 12, 2016

The primary picture on this webpage doesn't do the red rocks justice. Great walk with beautiful views of the rocks, park and metro area.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Beautiful area, great views and overall an enjoyable hike. Trail is a little narrow in areas but nothing too bad. A trail to hike over and over again.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Best trail in Roxborough in my opinion.

hiking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Nice quick little hike! Has some great views.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Great easy hike, even has shade sprinkled throughout. Great views. It gets very brushy in places and poison ivy lines the edge of the trail thickly in spots. Lots of shady secluded benches all along the trail. Saw lots of different animal tracks and scat

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