Red Rocks Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is within Matthews-Winters Open Space Park. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 6,293 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 184 feet. Lower North Lot and another parking are near the trailhead. Along the trail there are bare rocks and parking.
Red Rocks Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Red Rocks Park is a well-known venue for Colorado’s best outdoor concerts. The natural rock that jettisons out of the hillside is flaming red and attracts music lovers in the summer and outdoor enthusiasts all year. The Trading Post Trail offers an opportunity to pass through spectacular rock formations and catch a peek at the amphitheater."
--Kim Lipker, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Denver and Boulder (Menasha Ridge Press).
"The towering, rosy-smooth stone edifices of the Fountain Formation, which makes up the ramparts of the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, are just one remarkable feature of this trail loop. Passing beneath these flaming walls is a moving experience, but so is climbing onto the large, flat plain atop the Morrison Slide. From the summit of this jumble of now-stable rock and soil, which once was part of the adjacent Mount Morrison, views open south to the amphitheater and down the hogback valley, east over the hogback to the high plains and north to the Table Mountains. It's a desert up there, studded with yucca and cactus, but enough grass grows in the rocky soil to feed a small herd of deer."
--Tracy Salcedo, 12 Short Hikes in the Denver Foothills Central (Falcon Guides).
"Red-rock cliffs studded with swallow nests and incredible views of the hogback valley are highlights of this open space tour.
The towering sandstone edifices of the Fountain Formation, which also comprise the ramparts of nearby Red Rocks Amphitheater, are just one remarkable feature of this trail loop. Equally impressive is the view from atop the Morrison Slide. From the gently sloping summit of this jumble of now-stable rock and soil—once part of adjacent Mount Morrison—you can see south down the hogback valley to the amphitheater and beyond, east over the hogback to the high plains, and north to the Table Mountains."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Easy Day Hikes: Denver - 2nd Edition (Falcon Guides).
"A stroll through an historic town site, followed by ﬂower-dappled meadows with panoramic views of the region’s alluring geology, makes the Red Rocks Trail an ideal venture for the entire family."
--Maureen Keilty , Best Hikes with Kids Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"Great for families and social outings, the Trading Post Trail in Red Rocks Park meanders among the massive sandstone formations that define this unique and stunning location. The loop is short but plenty vertical, requiring moderate exertion and dexterity.This tasty little loop starts directly from the Trading Post parking lot and descends the first of many sets of stone stairs as it drops into a draw, gulley, arroyo, or wash, depending on your favored vernacular. Below the steps the trail is moderately rocky and trickily off -camber all the way down to the bottom of the descent, and occasionally flirts with the warning track of a short but sheer drop to the scrubby creek. The terrain is not exactly easy, but it wasn’t too much for our 3-year-old, nor did it seem to overwhelm a number of other toddlers and very dainty elderly folk we encountered. It’s a good family hike."
--Robert Hurst, Hiking through History Colorado (Falcon Guides).
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