The Park

Hiking and Biking

Denver-Mountain-Parks-Logo_small.jpgRed Rocks Park is a Denver Mountain Park and has two trails that are completely within the park, Trading Post Trail and Geologic Overlook Trail, both restricted to pedestrian only. 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 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. 

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 on to Matthews-Winters, creating a dramatic 6-mile loop. The trail connecting to Red Rocks Trail and Red Rocks Trail to Matthews Winters, are the only trails in the park that bicycles are permitted on. 

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
  • 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