Red Rocks Trail at Settlers Park in Boulder

Red Rocks Trail at Settlers Park in Boulder

June 12, 2013 |  by

A giant underground sandstone formation runs from Ft. Collins all the way through Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Here at Red Rocks Trail in Boulder, the rock juts out of the ground to transform the landscape. It makes for an inspiring short hike. Explore the hike snapshot and detailed trail profile below to get a feel for this great hike near Boulder.

  • Hike Distance: 1 mile Loop +.4 mile spur
  • Denver Drive Time: 45 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: 45 min
  • Activities: Picnic Area, No Bikes, Hiking Trails, Rock Climbing
  • Dogs: Allowed on Leash
  • Directions: Click for Google Map
  • Trail Type: Loop with Spur
  • Seasons: All Year
  • Beauty: Red Rock Formations
  • 300′
  • Trail Map Link for Red Rocks & Anemone Trail: Click Here
  • Town Nearest Hike: Boulder, Colorado

The trails of Red Rocks at Settlers Park in Boulder interconnect to form more of a labyrinth than a straightforward hike. But there is a way around all that—literally. Pull up the Boulder Open Space & Parks Map and follow the outer perimeter trail to form an approximately 1 mile loop around the sandstone red rock formations that jut out of the ground in the center of the park.
redrocks_trails_boulder_southviewYou can add an additional .8 mile to your hike by taking the Anemone trail to the west, rising another 400ft where it tops out on a hill to give you views of the City of Boulder, the Red Rocks Park, and the Colorado Front Range. Even with the Anemone trail spur, it’s a short hike, so you might want to add one of the Mt. Sanitas hiking trail options to your adventure. The Mt. Sanitas trail is just North of the Centennial Trailhead.
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