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.
Bike Parking: you may lock your bike to the horizontal rails at the Top Circle Lot. Additional bike racks are located in front of the Trading Post.
Red Rocks Park is open daily from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset 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 at all times
- No glass bottles or containers are allowed
- No hunting
- No fireworks or firearms permitted
- Pets must be on a leash at all times
- Rock climbing is prohibited
- Stay away from wildlife for your safety and theirs