- Drive Time: 25 mins from Downtown Denver
- Length: 1.3 miles
- Altitude: ~6,000 ft
- Notes: Restrooms available
The Trading Post Trail is a 1.3 mile loop hike which features mostly flat and level terrain. Soaring red rocks (surprise, surprise!) surround all areas of the loop.
This hike sits only 25 mins from downtown Denver making it perfect for a quick getaway from the city. With only 300 ft of ascent across the entire 1.3 miles you’re looking at a fairly flat hike. Combine that with a trail altitude of about 6000 ft and this trail is ideal for beginners or out-of-towners.
There are multiple access points to the trail all the way around. The largest amount of parking is near the Trading Post Trail store just south of the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater.
For beginners or those with kiddos, I recommend starting on the western portion of the loop first. If you’re looking at the Trading Post store the western portion is on your right. Doing this, you’ll start off descending the steepest section of the trail instead of ascending it at the very end.
The path is well-marked and with the multitude of other hikers it is tough to get lost. If you have the time, I recommend going over and taking a look at the Red Rocks Amphitheater as a post trail reward. Additionally, if you’re looking for more of a challenge you can hit up the Red Rocks and Morrison Slide Trail nearby.
Overall, you really can’t beat the Red Rocks Trading Post Trail for accessibility from Denver, ease, and gorgeous terrain. Although, with fair warning, it is an extremely popular hike. You’ll be sharing the views with a crowd during the sunny summer months but get there early and it’s worth it.