Red Rocks Park
How to Run Red Rocks Park
From the parking lot, descend the stairs and stay right, crossing the wooden bridge, on Village Walk trail. The left trail, Village Ridge, is bike only. All trails in the park flow in a north/south fashion and will connect into Red Rocks Park and Ampitheatre trails about 1.5 miles immedaitely south.
When you reach Cherry Gulch/Red Rocks split, Cherry Gulch trail stays high on the slopes and will immediately start sending you upwards onto Morrison Slide trail. Red Rocks trail will snake lower before looping up back into the hillside, at which point you can head back to trailhead or split to Morrison Slide (to Red Rocks Park).
Morrison Slide trail plateaus over Red Rocks Park and will give you sweeping views of the rocks below before dropping you in on a flowy yet rocky hill. Totally crushable. When you reach the road again, cross the road to the auxillary parking pullout and continue on the trail toward the Ampitheatre. Just west of the Outpost shop is where the trail picks back up again.
When you reach the southern edge of the park, take any trail north to get back to Mathhews Winters park.
Climbing your first mountain or 14er is an exciting and rewarding experience! You’ll get the achievement of seeing the world from above and the feel-goods of the endorphins from the exercise. However, the mountains aren’t a walk in the park, and getting down is mandatory. Some situations require extra caution and a little know how. With a bit of preparation, you’ll be able to get to the summit and back safely.
Whether you are training for a race or simply indulging in all the wilderness has to offer, there are a variety of factors, some constant, and some changing, that are likely to have an impact on your journey. Knowing these factors can help ensure your safety and get you back to the trailhead safely.