Explore the most popular horseback riding trails near Colorado Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Great trail. Steep in the beginning but levels out for a nice, moderate hike

hiking
10 days ago

Very nice hike, it is a little longer than stated, but lots to see and many places to sit, rest, and take in the views.

North (main) lot to Trading post stitching parts of different loops together. Had to hustle back with an almost dead phone so used some road too. Very touristy. May be less busy other times of the week. I was there on a Friday afternoon. Starting at 5 stars I'll minus 1/2 star each for traffic and amount of people rating it a 4 star overall.

Visited back in early December. Busy area and more of a walk then a hike but it is truly stunning. Quite a busy area so best to get there early.

hiking
15 days ago

Too much loose gravel in some parts for my liking, but the views were great and the foot traffic light (didn't encounter any bicycles). It's 3 miles from the middle trailhead to the end at the upper trailhead. I ended up taking the road back down, which worked on a weekday but which I would not recommend on the weekend when the park is busier.

So hard to figure out what trails are the outer loop. Went to trail run and instead of stopping and pulling out my phone every time there was a fork just kind of winged it. Only ended up with 5.5 Miles though.

A bit confusing at times but I used the app as our trail map. My kids loved it and we will back!

Absolutely breath taking.

I forgot how much I disliked this hike until we did it again today (May 5). Starting at the Starsmore Discovery Center the first mile is easy and goes through a slightly wooded area. You cross the road at the mid Columbine Trail and from that point the trail climbs relentlessly for close to two miles, over dense, loose gravel, with very little cover from the sun and lots of switchbacks. Not fun! For us it was 3.67 miles from the trail head to the parking lot at Helen Hunt Falls. We took the road back. 6.53 total.

best wonderful ☺ close to my home

Beautiful views

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.

I started from the north parking lot and went through the inside/middle area to get some quick shots of the formations, then went to the outside trail (non-paved one) to complete the loop. I included the Rocks and Vistas Garden Loop + Garden of the Gods Loop + Siamese Twins Loop within my hike. There wasn't many people on a Tuesday morning due to the high winds and snow so it was fairly empty. A great trail overall but definitely more of a touristy/nature style walk/hike instead of an actual hike. Also, on the outer loop where horses are used there is a lot of poop on the trails.

I started from the north parking lot and went through the inside/middle area to get some quick shots of the formations, then went to the outside trail (non-paved one) to complete the loop. I included the Rocks and Vistas Garden Loop + Garden of the Gods Loop + Siamese Twins Loop within my hike. There wasn't many people on a Tuesday morning due to the high winds and snow so it was fairly empty. A great trail overall but definitely more of a touristy/nature style walk/hike instead of an actual hike. Also, on the outer loop where horses are used there is a lot of poop on the trails.

I started from the north parking lot and went through the inside/middle area to get some quick shots of the formations, then went to the outside trail (non-paved one) to complete the loop. I included the Rocks and Vistas Garden Loop + Garden of the Gods Loop + Siamese Twins Loop within my hike. There wasn't many people on a Tuesday morning due to the high winds and snow so it was fairly empty. A great trail overall but definitely more of a touristy/nature style walk/hike instead of an actual hike. Also, on the outer loop where horses are used there is a lot of poop on the trails.

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.

Great way to warm up the legs for a week of hiking. Beautiful views

Hardly a hike but of course beautiful. Crowded due to tourism but what can you do, it’s quite the sight to see.

Love this place. It never gets old. Absolutely beautiful. There are several different trails to follow and if you want you could spend hours exploring here.

Amazing trail. Perfect for Runners.

If anyone finds a GoPro on this trail. I think I may have misplaced it out there. My number is 913-274-5686. It’s a long shot, but I just wanted to post something here just in case. Other than that, beautiful views and nice trek to the top.

Easy trail if you stick to the formation area; it’s all paved. Going to the actual trail is a little more like a real hike instead of a stroll. Trail is still very easy, even if you do the four mile loop. More of a nature walk than a hike; if you are looking for a hike or something remotely challenging look elsewhere. Views are beautiful though!

I would give it 5 stars for the views, however, have to take one back for being crowded and at parts, too "touristy", which is a good thing if you are a tourist, I suppose

trail running
1 month ago

The hike was awesome - so beautiful and not to difficult but a nice energetic hike. Unfortunately the parking lot is not safe - if you go make sure there is nothing inside your car that can be seen - I had a black bag on the floor of the back seat - thieves broke the window and grabbed the bag nothing else just quick and easy for he low lives. Did the same thing to another car - same color, make, and model has mine - coincidence or targeting - not sure but be safe and leave everything at home or in your hotel. Be safe and enjoy

Such a beautiful hike. We take our three year old and he can manage the trails and rock climb really well. Great views. Can get windy because of location so dress in some layers. We have only gone on weekdays and it still can be crowded so weekends would probably be hard parking wise.

1,000 spur trails but enjoyable!

This is close to our house and is rugged enough to be a good workout, but not brutal. Lots of very interesting rock formations. Can be very muddy in spots after snow or rain.

Love this whole area!

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