Colorado Springs, CO

Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Red Rock Canyon is a 1474 acre recreation area just outside of Old Colorado City, only 4 miles west of downtown. While there are more than 10 miles of trails through rust colored ridges of sedimentary rock, the most popular for running is the 5 mile moderately trafficked loop combining the Hogback and Mesa trails. This route is smooth enough for all skill levels, and it’s a great chance to see wildflowers in season. Note it is hilly, with two good foot climbs, averaging 6-7% grades.

The linked to map has additional information on the park and other trails.

  • 5 mile loop
  • 693 feet- average 6-7% grade
  • Ridge Road Trailhead
  • 4 miles west of downtown. Route 3 Bus