Location: Morrison, CO (Red Rocks)
Distance from Denver: ~17mi (30min) ♡ ♡ ♡
Hike: 1.5mi RT. Start the hike at the Trading Post (pictured above) and go counterclockwise for the least amount of uphill/better views. That is, as you are facing the building, go to the left and take the loop around ♡ ♡ ♡
Difficulty: Easy in the summer, Moderate if there is snow/ice on the ground ♡ ♡ ♡
Parking Situation: Park either by the Red Rocks Trading Post lot (small lot) or the upper south lot (large lot and by the ramp into Red Rocks ♡ ♡
Parking Fee: N/A
Hi Friends! Happy Thursday!!! How is the weather in Denver? If you have been following our insta-stories, you will know that we are in Hawaii right now to celebrate our anniversary! We are soaking up the endless sun….and dare we say, we may have fallen in love with someplace other than Denver?! More on that later though - we will have a whole bunch of posts coming up to recap our trip.
Despite all of the beaches we’ve been sunning at, we can’t forget all of the gorgeous mountains back home. Especially if they are covered in snow. The best views are if you take C-470 to Morrison:the views start right at the I-25/C-470 interchange. I mean, who wouldn’t be excited when you are driving right into the snow-capped mountains!? It was a clear and relatively warm day in the mile high city, even though it had just snowed the days prior….pretty typical of Denver. We couldn’t stay cooped up inside and thus hopped in our car and headed over to the world-famous Red Rocks Parks & Amphitheatre.
If Red Rocks is pretty in the summer, it is downright STUNNING with a gentle dusting of snow. It gives the park an other worldly effect….like Mars meets Antarctica.
The only downside to all the snow is that the trail becomes icy in some spots, especially at the start of the trail. Technically it is a loop, and there are at least three spots to “start” the hike. We parked near the Trading Post building, and (while facing the building) went left. We thought this gave us the most dramatic views of the valley and the rock formations, and it was also easier because there was less uphill if you go counter-clockwise.
After the first half a mile (mostly downhill), you reach this amazing flat field. With all of the snow, this meant Brandon was in snowball fight heaven! Honestly, it was so hard to get him to leave this area!! The second I looked away, he’d have another snowball in his hand ready to throw right at me. He is so silly!!
The last little part alternates mild uphill with flat ground; we didn’t think it was very challenging and instead went slow to soak in all of the views!