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

great views

Fun but crowded. Great for families w littles.

Don't take this hike lightly. It's fairly steep and there's very little level terrain all the way to the top. The most difficult portion of the hike wasn't the brief scramble just before the summit, it was the descent back to the trailhead. Going up you won't notice the loose rocks and slick, sandy soil as much as you will coming down. Bring good shoes/boots with plenty of traction, and consider using trekking poles. Rattlesnakes are present in this area so be aware of them. There's almost no shade along the trail so plan accordingly if attempting this hike during the dead of summer. Wish I had something to say about the views, but it was foggy when we went so there wasn't much to see.

Very easy walk along the creek, but it is incredibly busy. It was nice to be able to stop and enjoy the creek if you could find anywhere that wasn't already occupied.

I parked in the community and had my car towed! There are plenty of other trails that are not private. You need a tag to park in the neighborhood or the trail head and it's not worth getting towed.

Fun hike with good rock scrambling! On the way up you can see the other mountains you’ll eventually cross to which is always a treat and at several points you’ll see the actual Red Rock Amphitheater. Near the very end there’s a nice bit of rock scrambling that you can, if you are so inclined, make even better by straying a bit off the clearly defined trail and making your way up.
The way down is easy peasy and if you lose the way you can always see where you’re going and can simply cut right across the mountains to make your way down.
Parking: the gate next to the trail was closed, but if you go into the park from another entrance there’s a parking lot not too far up the other side of it. Free, of course.
A nice way to spend two or three hours that you could extend by doing some of the minor trails in Red Rock Park. Will probably go do it again. Morrison is on the upper end limits of what I’d take an adventurous visiting friend on with prior experience due to mountain sickness.

steep, difficult, and rock climbing at the top great views fun challenging trail

This is an excellent, short hike especially if you are conditioning for more challenging hikes. Great work out! Short and sweet!

Great hike, but a couple things: 1) the trailhead is closest to entrance 4 of the park, go through the gate then the trailhead is to your left (sign showing no bikes or horses) 2) there is maybe 4 shaded spots under trees on the whole trail, keep that in mind as we go into summer 3) I brought my trekking poles and was glad I did 4) BOLO rattlesnakes! 5) really don’t underestimate this hike!

My go-to hike in the area when I’m looking for something super easy and to just hang around at. The rock formations are fun to climb as well!

Day was perfect with clouds and no mud. Always a great hike when you need some quick elevation in a short time. Met a weiner dog named Stephan (who had no reason to be on the trail) and watched him tumble his hot dog body down a 4 ft tiny slope. Once I realize the weiner was not injured, I enjoyed a laugh, patted him on his dusty head and continued down. Remember to bring poles if you are like me and have the balance of a giraffe on ice skates.

Awesome views but it was tough for our three kids (8, 6, and 3). As adults we loved it though.

Very steep, slippery, and rocky hike. Pretty great views but not really much better than what you’d see from other hikes in the area. Took a lot longer than expected, but I’m not very sure-footed. A few spots that require scrambling a bit. Poles are very helpful!!

Easy walk in an breathtaking place. The rock formations are amazing with great views.

Great short hike, nice and challenging. I hustled but was able to make it up in an hour and back down in 25 with a short stop at the top. The scrambles are fairly short but fun.

It's just a really long walking path. Might as well be walking up sidewalk on a slight incline. Would be really cool for mountain biking or running. Not hiking worthy. Cool views, but nothing compared to what Colorado has to offer

In the area visiting, so great hike for so area views. Clean trails, lots of people.

Steep, and involved.

Did this one a while back in the fall and it was awesome. Such an easy stroll and I loved the changing leaves and creek alongside the trail. Great for all ages.

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30 days ago

I live on this mountain and enjoy hiking here. It is busy during the warmer months, and as others point out, many bikers don’t share the path or watch their speed which is annoying but hey, driving 6th Avenue has the same issue so you get used to it. Watch for rattle snakes!

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1 month ago

Great hike for my daughter and I.

Dakota Ridge side of loop rocky and I-470 in view most of way. Red Rocks side of loop very nice with feeling of being more away from city. Overall good workout and good views

I loved this hike because it was a great workout with quick elevation gain. I also loved the scramble at the top. It’s not a heavy traffic trail which is always a bonus. Gorgeous views all the way up. I agree with other reviews about not doing this trail when there is moisture due to steep incline with a lot of loose rock and it can be slippery. The trail is closest to entrance 4 of red rocks and not clearly marked but I finally found it :) will be doing this one often.

on Red Rocks Trail

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1 month ago

Perfect

Nice loop, pretty difficult at times. Did it with my dog on a gorgeous early AM during the week, saw 1 hiker and later in the afternoon some mountain bikers. Pretty exposed at times, gorgeous views. It definitely felt like spring.

Very nice walk for any skill level. Pleasant and quiet even though there wefe quite a few other folks out. Gorgeous area.

Easy beautiful trail. Views of the red rocks are amazing.

Such a workout !!! If doing in summer bring a hat, there is limited shade here. Steep and slippery incline at the beginning of the trail with about 2 false views. Once past that then it’s moderate hiking until you reach the scramble. Get on all fours and finish to the top ! Be careful going down..... that was the worst part for all of us.

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1 month ago

Great for toddlers and carrying babies (no strollers). Busy on the weekends, but not crazy. Definitely worth the time for a fun family afternoon hike.

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