Red Rocks Loop Trail For Mountain Biking

The 11th most popular mountain bike trail in Colorado.

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Just west of Denver in the foothills, the Red Rocks loop encompassing Dakota Ridge is a rolling 6 mile singletrack mountain bike ride. Dakota Ridge is a jagged spine with twisting trail and awesome views across the plains. Get ready for stretches of slickrock and pine forests. The route combines Dakota Ridge Trail with the Redrock Trail and Morrison Slide Trail. Also, check out nearby Apex Trail.

To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Denver, head west on US70 to SR26. Look for parking areas on east side of SR26 near exit. Start riding a steep gravel road. To reach Apex, mountain bike ride north on SR26 to SR40 north to a playland area and look for trailhead signs.

Overall, Red Rocks Loop Trail is the 11th most popular mountain bike trail of all 178 mountain biking rides in Colorado. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Red Rocks Loop Trail including Moonraker Trails Recreation Area, Dawn Mountain Trail, Mount 7, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Red Rocks / Dakota Ridge Trails and White Ranch Open Space ParkCentennial Cone Open Space.


Local Contact(s):  CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Self-Propulsion, Golden (303) 278-3290.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Bikers Guide To Colorado" from Dan Hickstein

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Golden Gate State Park Campground

Luxury Loding:  The Golden Hotel, Golden (303) 279-0100

Breakfast Restaurant:  Jake's Diner, Golden (303) 278-9805

GPS:  39.7, -105.2

Date Published:  12/28/2015

Date Updated:  7/7/2016

ID:  10891


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