Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Colorado Springs

#1 of 6 in Nature in Colorado Springs
Geologic Formation · Park
Red Rock Canyon Open Space provides striking scenery for hiking, jogging, climbing, and mountain biking. Set inside the city, the park's towering red rocks were formed from sandstone into a series of canyons. Trails provide ample paths for hiking and exploring, usually starting among shady bluffs and working up toward views of the park and town. If you enjoy rock climbing, try your hand at any of more than 80 established climbs mapped out through the canyon and park. Climbers must register with the Garden of the Gods visitor center. If you like, bring a meal to eat in the wheelchair-accessible picnic grounds. Use our Colorado Springs trip planner to arrange your visit to Red Rock Canyon Open Space and other attractions in Colorado Springs.
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  • I had a very brief hike through here before the heavy winds started blowing plumes of dust. It's a fantastic area, plenty of parking, and felt less crowded than Garden of the Gods in the daytime.  more »
  • The hiking is good, very groomed flat paths. Mountain bikers may find this too tame without the rocks and roots on more natural trails. There is a picturesque pond near the center close to rock...  more »
  • Our hike here was a wonderful way to spend a few hours. The trails vary from easy to moderately challenging, depending upon your comfort level with more rustic trails. We enjoyed the slightly rugged Contemplative Trail, since it felt more like you are in the wilderness. But the Mesa Trail was a nice, easy way to head back to the parking lot. The trails were pretty well marked, but I was glad I had a map with me as a first time visitor. The views of the valley and Pikes Peak were excellent.
  • A beautiful and peaceful place to hike with the dog, family, or by yourself. From the road it doesn't look like anything extravagant, but it's well worth the visit and has amazing views back along the trails. I went on a weekday, so it wasn't very congested. Please pick up after your pets and enjoy this awesome park

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