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Trading Post Trail

Intermediate
 4.1 (25) 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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  4.1 from 25 votes

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Red Rocks Trading Post Trail
Mar 20, 2021 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 icicles formed on the rocks. Well worth the venture if hiking during the wintertime!
May 21, 2015 near Morrison, CO
Redrocks trading post trail
Mar 20, 2021 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

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Check-Ins

Aug 21, 2021
Mel Stinski
Awesome hike! Scenic and beautiful. Saw a deer cross the path — 0h 36m
Aug 9, 2021
Magda Kowalkowska
1.8mi
Jul 30, 2021
Kylie Rigdon
1.6mi
May 7, 2021
Lina Cheng
Feb 28, 2021
Jane Bulger
Nov 21, 2020
Matt Makowski
Nov 15, 2020
KEVIN L HAWKINS Hawkins
1.4mi — 1h 07m
Sep 22, 2020
Emily Fields