Boulder Colorado Settler’s Park & Red Rocks Trail


Red Rocks Trail is about one-half mile long. The trail follows a clear path up to the top of a rocky outcropping, and you can end your journey there, as I show in the video, or you can continue onto a network of other short trails.


Beginning at Settlers’ Park, Red Rocks Trail goes north past a historic marker and climbs a rocky ridge with a beautiful view. It follows the ridge, and goes into the saddle to the right of the fins of Red Rocks. The trail then moves on down the ridge, and eventually ends at Centennial Park at the mouth of Sunshine Canyon on Mapleton Ave. This is just west of the Mount Sanitas Trail Head.

For you history buffs, Settlers’ Park seems to have received its name because it is believed to be the spot where the first permanent camp was built by Caucasian settlers in the Boulder area. The group originally pitched tents at the base of the Red Rocks about mid October in 1858.

This is a great little hike, with a feeling of challenge for some of the less experienced members of your group, while still giving those seasoned adventurers a quick respite from the hustle of the city. Easy parking, easy access, and a wonderful diversion you can sneak in even on your lunch hour.

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