Red Rocks Trail / Dakota Ridge Trail - Mountain Biking

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Summary

Easily some of the best mountain biking in Colorado.

Written by

Aaron Bible

Distance

6.5 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

12.6 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1-4 Hours

Seasonality

Spring, Summer, and Fall

Late spring to late fall

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits

No

Land Website

Dakota Ridge Trail

Review

Intro

The mountain biking on the Front Range is the best in the country when it comes to back-yard urban access. If I only had one day to bike in Denver, this is definitely where I would start. Starting at this trailhead gives you at least three options for trail riding, all in the splendor of Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

What Makes It Great

The elevation shouldn't present much of a problem to anyone who’s been in Denver for a couple of days, but it does sometimes result in exposure to hot, sunny days and occasional thunderstorms during summer months. This trail is also replete with wildlife, so keep an eye out for deer jumping onto the trail and snakes sunning themselves on the surrounding rocks. Be sure to stop and smell the roses and take in the views of this unique ecosystem. Geology buffs, this area should be your number one priority when visiting town. Maybe you can even take in a concert at the world famous amphitheater after your ride.

 Always give horses the right of way and keep dogs on leash. You can also connect Red Rocks Trail to the Matthews-Winters area in an approximately six mile loop; or bear east and connect with the regionally famous Dakota Ridge Trail. You really can’t go wrong here so fill your water bladders, check your air pressure, bring your credit card for dinner in neighboring Morrison, and go.

Who is Going to Love It

If you are looking for a quick getaway from Denver to put in some miles on your bike, head to Red Rocks. The trails aren't super technical, so they are good for just about anyone!

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

This area is only a 20 minute drive from downtown, out Highway 6 (easily accessible from the north or south of town). And although you can get some traffic during rush hours; and it’s not exactly a hidden gem, so try to go on weekdays and off hours.

For this particular trail, park in the “lower north lot” where you’ll share the trail with all users including horseback riders.

Location

Red Rocks

18300 West Alameda Parkway
Morrison, CO, 80465
39.66774, -105.208969

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