Denver, Colorado is a city known for it’s outdoor recreation. Hiking, biking and rock climbing are just a few of the activities you will come across. I have really been enjoying hiking lately, so I was eager to try out some new trails on my recent trip. If you are looking for some gorgeous hiking trails near Denver, look no further than Red Rock Park.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater
Just 15 miles to the west of Denver, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater is a must see attraction. The amphitheater is famous for the outdoor summer concerts it hosts and the surrounding park area is a nature lover’s dream. There are beautiful trails for hiking and biking – and even horseback riding! The park is over 6,000 ft above sea level and offers landscapes representative of both the mountains and the plains. Common animal sightings include prairie dogs, rabbits, red foxes and Mule deer.
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Red Rocks Park – Trading Post Trail
The Trading Post Loop Trail is perfect for beginners or anyone looking to take in the area’s natural beauty without a strenuous hike. It is an easy 1.4 mile loop that takes you through the beautiful Red Rocks that the park is named after. There is a 500′ elevation gain, but it’s not steep in any location. The trail can be narrow in spots and it does cross a few roads, but there is nothing too tricky about it.
The trail sign warns of rattlesnakes and mountain lions and claims that these are rare, but possible, sightings. Thankfully, all we saw were some deer. However, we almost missed them! I thought there was a runner behind us so I moved to the side and kept walking…once I turned around I realized there wasn’t a runner but 3 huge deer that had passed right behind us! They were pretty far away by the time I got a picture.
Red Rocks Park – Red Rocks Trail
This is a longer 6 mile hike that takes you through Red Rocks Parks and connects to Matthew Winters Park. This trail features a 1,300′ elevation gain, so be cautious if you aren’t used to the altitude. The trail can accommodate horses and dogs on leashes. There is almost no shade so frequent users advise hiking here in the early morning or later in the evening to avoid the mid day sun.
I really enjoyed my hike through Red Rocks Park. Even if you aren’t a fan of hiking, make a point to drive out to the amphitheater for some amazing views and scenery. You will also find a visitor center and restaurant that’s open from 10:30am-2:30pm daily. It’s a great way to spend a sunny Colorado afternoon!
Have you ever visited Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater? What was your favorite part?
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