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Trading Post Trail

Intermediate
 4.1 (23) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Great short hike around the Red Rocks Amphitheater Area, popular, close views of incredible rocks.


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1.6

Miles

2.6

KM

Loop

6,252' 1,906 m

High

5,932' 1,808 m

Low

320' 98 m

Up

313' 95 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

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Overview

The Trading Post Loop is a great way to spend half an hour if you are visiting the historic venue or have time to kill before a show. The rocks here are truly outstanding and the hike is easy with a flat section to start and a small and gradual elevation gain up to the South entrance

Need to Know

Free parking is available at the trading post, the road crossing, and in the various dirt lots around the park. NO CLIMBING.

Description

This 1.5-mile closed loop will take you south along the front of the rock formations, then west and into the foothills where gorgeous outcroppings of sandstone frame the beginning of the Rocky Mountains. It joins Ship Rock Road towards the south entrance of the Amphitheater, follow along this road east, returning to the Trading Post.

History & Background

Red Rocks Amphitheater has been host to so many big name artists since its founding in 1941 that it's difficult to keep track. Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, The Beatles, James Taylor, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, U2, the list just goes on and on. Check out the visitor's center at the top of the amphitheater to see year-by-year lists of everyone who has played at this legendary place.

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Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 23 votes

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Beautiful icicles formed on the rocks. Well worth the venture if hiking during the wintertime!
May 21, 2015 near Morrison, CO
An amazing rock face and southern hills on the Trading Post Loop Side Trail at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater.
May 19, 2015 near Morrison, CO
Beautiful hike during the wintertime! Don't let the cold stop you. It's quite breathtaking.
May 21, 2015 near Morrison, CO
Taking a break on the Trading Post Loop.
May 19, 2015 near Morrison, CO
The red rocks are always gorgeous, but there's just that extra something with the snow.
Nov 24, 2019 near Morrison, CO

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Sep 22, 2020
Emily Fields
Sep 7, 2020
Kristin Hargrove
Aug 17, 2020
Mike Williams
1.6mi — 0h 53m
Aug 1, 2020
JC Rienton
Mar 8, 2020
Matt Culpepper
2mi
Feb 2, 2020
Elizabeth W
Jan 24, 2020
Luke Farlow
Dec 6, 2019
Jack Dominey
More snow and mud on west side 12/6