Red Rocks Park is a Denver Mountain Park and has two hiking/biking trails. The Trading Post Trail is 1.4 miles in length, and goes through spectacular rock formations, valleys and a natural meadow. Some of the terrain is rough, so hiking boots/ shoes are recommended. Also, hikers should be prepared for adverse weather conditions as the weather can change very quickly.
The trail is 6,280 feet above sea level, so persons with health conditions may wish to consult a doctor before attempting the hike. If children are joining the hike, provide good supervision, as some areas of the trail are drop-offs, steep grades, and road crossings. The majority of the trail is less than 30 inches wide, and rock climbing is prohibited.
The Red Rocks Trail starts at the lower north lot and is a multi-use trail for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. The trail splits with one segment going north to connect to Jefferson County’s Matthews-Winters park and the other segment goes east to connect to the Dakota Ridge Trail. The Red Rocks Trail continues on to Matthews-Winters, creating a dramatic 6-mile loop.
Red Rocks Trail Map
Red Rocks Park is open daily from 5AM to 11PM and is free of charge. In the event of a performance the Amphitheatre and Visitor Center will generally close to the public in the early afternoon hours. Park Rangers patrol the park to assist visitors, provide information, and enforce park rules. To contact a Park Ranger call (720) 913-1311.
Red Rocks Park Rules
- Trails open one hour before sunrise and close one hour after sunset
- Motorized vehicles and bicycles are allowed only on designated roads, parking areas and trails
- Fires and camping are prohibited
- No glass bottles or containers are allowed
- No hunting
- No fireworks or firearms permitted
- Pets must be on a leash at all times
- Consumption of beer, liquor or wine is prohibited
- Rock climbing is prohibited
- Stay away from wildlife for your safety and theirs
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