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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  • Amazing views of the canyon. Plenty of parking and snacks available to purchase. The amphitheatre is so cool, the walk to the top is a trek but well worth it. The museum was closed due to covid...  more »
  • Free activity to do in Colorado Springs. Good hiking trails to spend a half day. It has free parking.  more »
  • Dropped by here on a recommendation of a local colleague the day after I arrived into town for a light hike to get acclimated to the elevation. This ended up being a really good "warm up" before...  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
  • Experienced for the first time tonight. We got there late and by the time we set up to eat, it was dark. Definitely never seen this many stars before. Saw several deer. Heard all types of animals. Was a little tricky at dark but definitely worth it!
  • Love this place. You need to be careful that your car won't get broken into, but there are usually undercover police around watching this place lately, which is nice. It's a beautiful place to go and ride a bike or stroll through. Very clean and well kept area. It's nice there are even bathrooms. It's also not unusual to see snakes and wild animals, so if you bring pets, make sure they stay on a leash. I would highly recommend this place. Wish there wasn't a problem with car break-ins though - makes it nerve racking to leave your car, even if you hide everything.
  • Good place for a quick hike. Beautiful but mostly exposed. Bring water and sunscreen for sure. Some trails are in better shape than others. Be on the lookout for mountain bikers, they can be a little aggressive in this park. One of the main trails is nothing more than a road, not very exciting. Lots of the trails do lead to other places like Bear Creek and Manitou Springs. Try not to pay too much attention to the signs with the maps. The mileage is way off and it is in really bad need of an update. Most of the trails are not listed on these signs.

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