Red Rock Canyon (in Colorado.. not to be confused with the one in Nevada) is one of the more leisurely hikes we frequent. Unlike Barr Trail, Red Rock has less of an incline. It is a series of criss-crossing trails through a canyon of red rock. It is an area of 789 acres in Colorado Springs, Colorado next to a city called Manitou Springs.
On the way through the trails you can sometimes see wild life (mostly deer and rabbits minding their own business). This trail is great for the family.
Red Rock Canyon Location: 3550 W High St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
The Red Rock Canyon Open Space is located along Highway 24.
From I-25 take the Cimarron Street exit west. Cimarron Street will turn into Highway 24. After the 31st Street light, turn left onto Ridge Road. Red Rock Canyon will be on the south side of the street. The parking lot is located at the end of Ridge Road – Red Rock Canyon
Contact Number: (719) 385-2489
Owned by: City of Colorado Springs
Parking lot closed: 9:00 pm – 5:00 am Red rock National Park Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Red Rock Canyon Rules and Regulations
- Stay on designated trails. Remember trail etiquettes for safety and protection of sensitive natural resources.
- Dogs must be on leash at all times.
- Clean up after your pet.
- Park in designated areas only.
- No motorized vehicles.
- No dumping, littering, alcoholic beverages, tree cutting, fires and no camping.
Warning: Serious and fatal rock climbing incidence have occured in other city parks with large rock formation like those found in Red Rock Canyon. Technical climbers are required to register at Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Technical climbing is permitted in group of two or more with proper climbing equipment.
You can also volunteer in helping with community activities on parks preservation.
Vegetations found in Red Rock Canyon :
- Typical Mountain shrub community of the front range foothills
- Mountain shrubs more dense than typical
- Mountain shrubs more sparse than typical
- Mixed grass open meadows
- Pinyon-Juniper Forest on rocky outcrops
- Cool conifers found on the sides of the deep canyons
- Mixed Conifers where the canyons open up a little
- Niobrara formation
- Ponderosa-oak forest
- Disturbed ground in areas of high anthopogenic disturbance
- Disturbed mix where native species persist but with high disturbance
Types of animals seen while hiking :