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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  • RRCOS has a good trail system that is very well marked with maps along most major routes. You can also make your way up to Section 16 and the Intemann trail if you want to add on.  more »
  • We love hiking here because there are great views and a good variety of trails to choose from, whether you’re hiking or mountain biking. We also love that it’s less than 5 min from our house... very e...  more »
  • My son and girl friend went on a hike there with my husband and daughter. They had a great time. Not to strenuous for those not acclimated to altitude. Beautiful views.  more »

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