Red Rock Canyon, Colorado Springs

4.7
#3 of 7 in Nature in El Paso County
As part of Garden of the Gods park, Red Rock Canyon 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 and other attractions in Colorado Springs.
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  • October 4, 2017
    This is a great drive thru the Red Rocks and viewing all the beautiful rock formations and geology. This is a great trip for anybody that is interested in Geology or even taking it in school as there ...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Beautiful park and very easy access from Hwy 24. You could not ask for a better park. Great views of Pikes Peak, great parking, easy access into and out of the park. The trails are well defined and th...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Red Rock is an amazing place for a leisurely hike or a technical hike. The views are breathtaking and the trail options are endless. We spent half a day here and hiked an inner trail as well as the ou...  more »

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