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Red Rock Canyon free

3550 W High Street | Colorado Springs, CO 80904 | Official website
Red Rock Canyon Photo info
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  • Type: Hiking, Natural Wonders
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 3.5 (3.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Arizona and Utah aren't the only states that boast rosy rocks — Colorado has them, too. And you don't have to stray too far from Colorado Springs to get a good look at them from a hiking or biking trail. Sitting about 4 miles northwest of downtown along Route 24 (right before you reach Manitou Springs), Red Rock Canyon has contributed to the area's scenic landscape since 7000 B.C. In the 1800s, the desert landscape was used to refine the ore that came from the gold mines in nearby Cripple Creek. During the 20th century, Red Rock Canyon was owned by the Bock family, who had plans to transform the land into a vacation haven, complete with a resort hotel and a golf course. In 2003, the city of Colorado Springs purchased the land and used its striking red cliffs to punctuate miles of new hiking and biking trails.

Recent visitors claim that Red Rock Canyon is a must for outdoorsy travelers. "Great hiking trails and great views as well," one TripAdvisor user wrote. "Make sure you bring good shoes with you though, or you will regret it." The park also features an open-air pavilion that can accommodate live entertainment and evening movie screenings.

Between May 1 and October 31, you can enter Red Rock Canyon between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.; during the rest of the year, the park closes at 9 p.m. Admission to the Red Rock Canyon is free. To learn more, visit the Red Rock Canyon website.

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