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

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great trail! Took Sinking Sun to Salt Lick to Ruby Wash. Mostly light uphill with some fun but challenging decents. Great beginner trail but watch for the baskets full of rocks on the Salt Lick and follow them as it is easy to get lost.

Really enjoyable hike. With our spring rain this year, this is the greenest I've seen NE Colorado in five years. The hike in the canyon on Bent Rock Trail along Sand Creek is superb for early season wild flowers, cliff swallows, changing to meadow larks, and plovers when you get to the prairie in the bowl and along the creek near Ruby Wash Trail. Nicely maintained trails that cut to a two track and back to trails. The trails up the big dry washes are a bit of a concern for me coming from areas with flash flooding. Noted by cairns in wire cages and a stake, and while it's not thunderstorm season yet keep that in the back of your mind. I did see a lot bear sign out there including a fairly fresh track at the edge of the creek near the Ruby Wash Trail (picture uploaded). The area is pretty gravelly and bear tracks won't always be super clear. I decided to give the bear a wide berth and hike back down the trail. I found other bear evidence in Big Hole Wash, with unclear tracks because it was a deep gravelly track, but with a larger stride than mine and deeper impression (meaning bigger and heavier than me) that had turned up wetter gravel from deeper layers. So I turned back. Still got in almost five miles. Hike smart and enjoy yourself.

The dirt road leading to the open space was very muddy and slippery because it had just rained and snowed. When I got there I started on the Bent Rock Trail to the Ruby Wash then went to Big Hole Wash and finished on the Sinking Sun Trail. Just a little loop almost 4 miles. The trails were wet, and muddy on the Ruby Wash. The loop I did was very easy and had some great panoramic views. I can see myself coming back and doing more of the trails, probably on a calm and cool day for there isn't much in the way of shade.

Initial views are awesome in the canyon. After that, trail is exposed and can be windy. Surprising elevation gain compared to other trails within this park, but it’s an easy hike overall. Took us 2 hours to go the 5 miles. Very nice hike if you want to get away from the craziness of the Front Range.

Hiked this in March shortly after the park reopened due to seasonal closure. Unique landscape as compared to the rest of Larimer County. Took this loop and added a 1 mile climb up the Cheyenne Rim trail to its high point where the trail switches from the Ruby trail to Salt Lake trail, which is well worth the view. Made the hike 10 miles in total.

This was gorgeous and very lightly trafficked on a Saturday in early March. There aren’t many trees so I imagine it gets hot in the summer. The majority of this route is easy and mostly flat. Highly recommended especially if you love rocks!

Great trail with both red rock and Sandstone. The first mile along the creek is spectacular. After that we ascended about 600 feet, but I wouldn’t rate this trail as hard. Most of it is easy to moderate. We went in November after a snow when all was covered in beautiful hoarfrost. I hear it can be really windy and really hot up here, and I guess I’d try to avoid it in those conditions.

hiking
Thursday, October 26, 2017

mountain biking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Perfect moderate workout from easy areas to a bit more challenging with long moderate uphill treks, to sand-washes that can grab your tires... so get your speed up in those areas. Some parts were easy with downhill coasts and that also means you have to climb at some point to get back to the parking lot. :) Wonderful weather... would do it again!

trail running
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Red Mountain Open Space was a great area for a good trail run. I liked it as there wasn't that many people here as compared to places closer to Fort Collins or in the mountains. The landscape is neat especially when running along the various washes and the amazing landscapes that the rivers have carved. However, it still isn't quite as good as compared to some of the mountain landscapes. I still recommend it as a unique place to visit and experience.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

took all the kiddos on the trail went well

mountain biking
3 months ago

trail running
5 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
Thursday, October 26, 2017

hiking
Thursday, October 26, 2017

hiking
Thursday, October 26, 2017

hiking
Thursday, October 26, 2017

hiking
Thursday, October 26, 2017

hiking
Monday, October 16, 2017

hiking
Monday, October 16, 2017

hiking
Monday, October 16, 2017

Load More