Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Nice loop around the majestic Red Rocks! Definitely worth it if you're visiting the area and want to experience its quick desert-like trail. Wish you could see the amphitheater from there though; and be prepared for little to no shade! It was 90+ with not a single cloud in the sky when we went :p

The historical ruins are very cool! Took a visiting family member from out of state and it seemed like a good fit for her while still adjusting to the altitude. Pretty crowded with lots of familes and dogs. No amazing vistas, but some decent overlooks and views to Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It's nice how all the little side trails connect so you can add or minus mileage as you like. Found the historical information and ruins to be the coolest part of the day.

One of my favorite hikes since it is so close to Denver but a different geography. I live very close and prefer to take guests here.
I’ve seen owls and raptors around the rocks and like the view at the end.

Lots of variety.

It's pretty much a reverse version of Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks Trail. First mile or so was boring, but once it gets closer to Red Rocks, the view gets better. Good and fun trail for beginner hikers. Have fun!

An enchanted forest! Evergreens, lots of shade simply beautiful and good workout.

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Very nice hike.

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9 days ago

A bit crowded on a Saturday, and most of the trail is totally exposed so got pretty hot even in the mid-morning. No incredible vistas but decent views throughout. Ruins were neat.

Love this hike. Cons are the lack of shade and no seating along the paths.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice historical hike.

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13 days ago

Surprisingly scenic for being in the middle of everything. Great when looped with Red Rocks.

on Red Rocks Trail

hiking
13 days ago

During the week, the traffic is decently low. Nice lookouts and lots of raptors surfing the air currents around the cliffs. Loop with Dakota Ridge for a decent mileage loop.

Trail was awesome. This was my first time hiking and it was easy enough for my 3 year old.

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18 days ago

This was a great trail. Nice views!

Loved this trail. Perfect trail for a casual short hike with pretty views but still makes you sweat a bit. I especially think it's great for visitors to show off the CO beauty without driving too far out of Denver. Also love that parking is abundant and free.

Nice hike before a show

HIGHLY TRAFFICKED. Views look over Morrison and Ken Caryl. Lots of dog poop people haven’t even bagged. Lots of dogs. But there’s a bike or a group of people about every 20ft; on weekends, weekdays, morning or night. Really detracts from the scenery. Highly. Trafficked.

Beautiful hike! Highly recommend it. Very easy, I did this with my 63 year old parents (my mom has knee and foot bone spurs) and they didn't have any issues. Bring some water, as we did it mid afternoon and there isn't much sun protection. After the hike, we did the stairs up to the amphitheater which was gorgeous.

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22 days ago

Nice light hike for a family.

Easy trail around the rocks. Little bit of uphill along the back end, nothing serious. Nice experience too see the landscape. Saw a few deer as well.

Was a fun and challenging trail when we went. It was very hot and not a lot of wind. But the hike itself I would do again

Great exercise- The incline was a bit difficult for a beginner like myself. We followed castle Trail the entire hike. During the incline of the trail rocky walkways, the remainder paths were pretty wide.

Hiked the Dakota Ridge section a couple of days ago with a group. Nice views, but a lot of freeway noise. We encountered 2 rattlesnakes, so pay attention to the trail!

Did a little over half of the trail as part of what I hiked today. the Western trailhead is definitely the easier place to start if going all the way through, but I hiked from the Western trailhead to the Walker homestead ruins and then over to the Summer White House for a great scenic hike. I didn't get there until about 1000 so it was beginning to get hot. make sure you bring lots of water as much of the hike on the Western side headed east towards the meadow is exposed.

Great views, would definitely hike it again.

I love this hike. It’s close to Denver so it’s easy to get to quickly. The views are spectacular! Just wish there was some water.

This was a nice quick hike! We brought along our doggo and there were many shaded areas to stop and rehydrate.

I mean it was a decent hike. but the climb up, while physically challenging, was honestly boring. it's just dirt and gravel everywhere, there's no shade, and when we went (mid August) there were bugs swarming at our faces and biting our necks. it felt like a desert. the view was nice, though. and yeah there are a lot of mountain bikers, but there's usually enough room to let them pass.
probably wouldn't do it again for fun, but for exercise it's good

Trek as long or short as you want. Looks easy, but it's not!

Some hard steps in the beginning then trail. Bikers are hard core as they pass!

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