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Red Rock Canyon Tour

 20 votes

7.2 Miles 11.6 Kilometers



963' 293 m


-954' -291 m


6,619' 2,017 m


6,191' 1,887 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (9°)

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Better than Garden Of the Gods!

Jon Zanone


Varied terrain with great views. There is also a terrain and skill area east of the Ridge Road parking area.

Need to Know

This is a heavily used park. You'll encounter day hikers and small children, off leash dogs and horses. Douchbaggery is not encouraged.


There are three access points - 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. Another parking area is located just south of Hwy. 24 on 31st street. The third is a small area in the Crystal Hills subdivision.

The ride itself encompasses just about every type of riding - steep, rocky climbs, beautiful purpose-built singletrack and screaming fire road descents. The park is susceptible to damage after rains, and the soil is clay based - give it a rest after storms. After leaving the parking lot, you'll head up a steep but doable climb.

A gentle climb on lower Hogback Trail will lead to, in my opinion, the highlight of the climb - a run on the ridge of the easternmost hogback in the park. You'll continue to climb to Lion Trail. Your reward will be a fun, fast descent to what was once called the 'most beautiful landfill in America'. Bear left at the bottom, and climb Roundup Trail - a purpose built singletrack that is a great workout.

At the first trail junction, bear right to Sand Canyon Trail, then left on Meadowlark. You'll then take Quarry Pass Trail to the top of the quarry that built a lot of Colorado Springs. A fast descent on Red Rock Rim Trail will take you back to Lower Hogback and the parking lot.

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Patrick Yarbrough   Colorado Springs, CO
Super fun, leisurely sort of ride that is great after a hard day at work. A good one for advanced beginners and intermediates too, in my opinion. May 13, 2015
June 11, this park was closed due to water damage. FYI Jun 18, 2015
Amy W  
This is one of those trails where you feel like you spend a lot more time going uphill than downhill. Nevertheless, it goes through beautiful terrain and it is totally ridable. Most of it is on a doubletrack road/trail, including ALL of the downhill sections. The downhill roads have built up mounds to help siphon water off of the trail which are great for getting some air. However, if you are looking for some fun twisty singletrack (uphill or downhill), or any technical riding, this is NOT the ride for you. There are far more spur trails than shown on the MTB map or on the maps posted at some of the trail junctions. This makes route finding frustrating as you have to constantly refer to the MTB map to ensure you are on the correct trail. If you have a handlebar-mounted GPS then you'll have no problem but stopping and pulling out my phone every quarter of a mile wasn't too enjoyable. Jun 10, 2016

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