Hiking and Biking
Red Rocks Park is a Denver Mountain Park with a variety of trails located within the park.
The Geologic Overlook Trail, Trading Post Trail, Funicular Trail and Mt. Vernon Creek Trail are restricted to pedestrians only. Trails are located approximately 6,280 feet above sea level, so guests with health conditions may wish to consult a doctor before attempting the hike. If children are joining the hike, please provide supervision as some areas of the trail include drop-offs, steep grades and road crossings. The majority of all trails are less than 3 feet wide. Rock climbing is prohibited. Hikers should be prepared for adverse weather conditions as the weather can change very quickly.
- The Trading Post Trail is 1.4 miles in length, making its way through spectacular rock formations, valleys and a natural meadow. Some of the terrain is rough, so hiking boots/shoes are recommended.
- The Red Rocks Trail runs through the east side of the park and is a multi-use trail for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. There is a connecting trail from the Lower North Parking Lot to Red Rocks Trail. 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 to Matthews / Winters Park, creating a dramatic 6-mile loop. The trail connecting to Red Rocks Trail and Red Rocks Trail to Matthews / Winters Park are the only trails in the park that bicycles are permitted on.
- The Funicular Trail is a short, steep trail that connects the Upper North Lot with a small parking area along Trading Post Road. The trail follows the route of an incline railway, or ‘funicular,’ that carried tourists to the top of Mt. Morrison to enjoy the views.
- The Mt. Vernon Creek Trail is 1 mile in length, following the creek for a short distance before making a turn towards the Lower South Parking Lot where it connects to the Trading Post Trail. Nice views of the amphitheatre can be had along the trail as it travels through the meadows above the creek.
- The Geologic Overlook Trail is a short, moderate trail located in the Northwest corner of the park. Take Plains View Road to the Geologic Marker & Picnic Shelter for a short hike leading to beautiful views.
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 Amphitheatre has become a popular site for runners and those looking for a challenging workout at 6,400 feet. We ask that your activities do not negatively impact the enjoyment of others or contribute to structural damage to the venue. Thank you for helping to keep Red Rocks a beautiful and peaceful place by respecting our unique natural resources.
When working out at Red Rocks, please keep the following in mind:
Friday and Saturday: May not exceed 10 people.
Monday through Thursday: May not exceed 20 people.
Sunday 8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m: Large groups up to 50 people are allowed, however tickets cannot be sold and advertising of these activities is not permitted.
- Access to the amphitheatre is subject to scheduled events.
- Amplified music is not allowed; please limit the enjoyment of music to personal earphones.
- Exercise equipment that obstructs access to stairs, benches and other areas that could cause damage to the venue or injury to others is not allowed.
- Climbing or hanging on venue structures is prohibited.
- No rock climbing or off trail use, violators are subject to arrest and prosecution.
- Please refrain from using the Top Plaza and other landings or walkways for exercise activities.
- Pets must be on a leash at all times. Please be responsible for cleaning up after your pet and yourself.
- Commercial signage is not allowed.
- By trademark law you may not reproduce the Red Rocks logo or represent any unauthorized affiliation with Red Rocks Amphitheatre or Park.
- Absolutely no vending of food or merchandise in the amphitheatre or parking lots.
- Setting up tables and booths is strictly prohibited.
- The amphitheatre is monitored 24 hours per day, seven days per week by security personnel to provide assistance and enforcement of amphitheatre rules.
Special events of any type, including but not limited to musical performances, arts workshops, workouts and other group activities must be registered, insured and licensed according to City of Denver and Red Rocks Amphitheatre policy and must follow guidelines regarding security, venue access and other guidelines. Ticket sales for these events is not allowed.
Amphitheatre rules are subject to change. For general information call 720-865-2494.
Health at High Altitude
- Eat plenty of potassium and carbohydrates, such as whole grains, fruits, veggies, etc.
- Drink plenty of water
- Wear layers and comfortable shoes
- If coming from a lower altitude, avoid alcohol for the first 48 hours of your visit and get plenty of rest
- Avoid overexertion before your body can adapt to the lower oxygen and dryness in Colorado. Minimize physical exertion the first day or two of your visit
Symptoms of dehydrations include, but are not limited to: dry eyes/mouth, decreased urination, extreme thirst, nausea, headaches, sluggishness, dizziness or light-headedness. If you feel that you have dehydration and need attention please dial 9-1-1.