Red Rocks Trail

Matthews-Winters Open Space Park, Colorado

Elevation Gain184ft
Trailhead Elevation6,293ft
Elevation Min/Max6117/6293ft
Elevation Start/End6293/6293ft

Red Rocks Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Morrison Slide, Village Ride Trail and Village Walk Trail.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Denver and Boulder (Menasha Ridge Press)
Kim Lipker
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"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." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Denver - 2nd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
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"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." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Maureen Keilty
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"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." Read more
Hiking through History Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Robert Hurst
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"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." Read more

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Well worth the effort. Excellent views of Denver and beyond. My favorite view however was on the far side of the Parmalee trail overlooking the interior Rockies & rte 70?. Be ready for some decent elevation gain right on the outset. You'll share this part with bikes. I would recommend following the trail path as indicated here, but on the way back - take Turkey Trot Trail for a change of scenery and closer views of Red Rocks.
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Very dry and dusty trail. Did it on Mother's Day so the trail was busy. Part of the loop is hiker only which is nice.
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Family hike on Turkey Trot (hiker only - 1.7 miles) looping back tot he east parking lot on Castle Trail (bike, hike, horse - 1.3 miles)
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This is a great early spring trail when there is snow on other trails. The climb up to the Morrison Slide is energetic but not too tough. The views are great.
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Trail Information

Matthews-Winters Open Space Park
Nearby City
Matthews-Winters Open Space Park
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Skill Level
Views, Wildflowers
Jefferson County Open Space Department, 700 Jefferson County Pkwy., Suite 100, Golden, CO 80401-6018; (303) 271-5925;
Local Contacts
USGS Morrison; Matthews-Winters Park brochure; online at
Local Maps

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Dec 2018