Having spent many summer vacations at the Springs in Colorado I was surprised to first hear about Red Rock Canyon Open Space as I was planning my most recent trip there. Seeing the high reviews on travel sites, I quickly came to the conclusion that I wanted to visit. The area did not disappoint. It is not as scenic as nearby Garden of the Gods, but it is also not nearly as crowded. There were several different trails to choose from and at different skill levels. The red rocks are scenic and there are chances of good wildlife viewing. Overall, Red Rock Canyon Open Space is another great free recreational area in the Colorado Springs area and not to be missed if you enjoy the great outdoors.
Red Rock Canyon Open Space consists of over 750 acres of space most designated as “passive recreation” which means it is open to hiking, climbing, horseback riding, and mountain biking. If you are hiker and worried about running into biker there are some bike free walking areas you can stick to. The park also has off leash dog loops, picnic areas, some of which are wheelchair accessible, and a bike park which is like an adventure course for bicycle enthusiasts.
We got to spend an afternoon at the Red Rock Canyon Open Space and planned to go back again, but unfortunately we had an afternoon thunderstorm so we only made it there one day. It was a lot of fun hiking some of the trails that I actually got to and the next time we are in the Colorado Springs area we will most definitely go back. Though the overall view of the hiking trails is of the stunning red rock formations the trails have some variety to them some go to old quarries, others to a small pond, and furthermore some go to overlooks of the red rock formations.
Garden of the Gods is going to be more scenic so if you only have a little time in Colorado Springs I would go there first. However, if you have more time and are looking for a much quieter place than Garden of the Gods head to Red Rock Canyon Open Space, it provides a little bit of solitude without leaving Colorado Springs.
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Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Located along Highway 24 off of Ridge Road
Hours of Operation Dawn to Dusk
Cost as of this Posting: FREE
For more information visit their Friends of Red Rock Canyon Open Space website at http://redrockcanyonopenspace.org/
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