Friday, November 6, 2009
Red Rocks Canyon Open Space, CO Springs
Red Rocks Canyon Open Space
Mesa>Greenlee>Roundup>Red Rock Canyon>Quarry Pass>Red Rock Canyon Trails
Date Hiked: Nov. 6, 2009
Distance: Approx. 3.5 mi (RT)
Managing Agency: City of CO Springs Parks, Trail & Open Space
Red Rock Canyon Trail Map (CO Springs)
Directions: The Open Space is located just south of Hwy 24 near downtown Colorado Springs and Garden of the Gods Park. Take Hwy 24 and exit at Ridge Road, heading south for a few seconds.
I hiked this trail back in 2009 before I was keeping detailed information on my hikes so the mileage is approximate and I don't have elevation gain data. That being said the hike was not hard and there was probably less than 1,000 ft elevation gain. I remember this being a very interesting and fun open space park so even though you'll have to do some follow up for exact descriptions, I though it worth posting some pictures and some info to get you started.
The park is across from Garden of the Gods and have very similar red rock formations. While not quite as iconic as Garden of the Gods, Red Rocks Canyon does offer a good alternative to the crowds then tend to build up at Garden of the Gods. The Mesa, Greenlee, and Red Rock Canyon trails offer good coverage of the main portion of the park.