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Level: Intermediate
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +2,751/767 ft
Total: 282 riders
 

Mountain Biking Red Rock Canyon

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#751 of 1,347 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#8,341 in the world

This place is known as the "Secret Garden of the Gods". It contains many of the same red rock ridges and formations.
The open space is criss-crossed with everything from wide and smooth dirt roads to tiny washed-out singletrack that climbs up the ridges. The ride is very similar to Palmer Park, as you can link together a lot of different trails for a really long ride.
The conditions are generally rocky & sandy, so choose the correct tires.
Also being built is a freeride park with ladder-drops, teeter-totters, and other stuntes.

First added by Bombardier on Jul 3, 2006. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Colorado Springs, take Hwy 24 towards Manitou Springs. Just after the Garden of the Gods turn off, you'll see the brown sign for the Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
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Q: Can I rent a bike
A: There are no bike rentals at the trail location, but there are rentals available in Colorado Springs.

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  • Connor Armfield
    *****

    They're recently revamped the jump lines here. They've put in some gaps measuring about 6ft and there is also a pretty big step up. There is also drop which is fairly substantial.

    For beginners there is plenty of flat riding around. Also there is an obstacle park with seasaws and stuff like that.

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  • SEANO
    *****

    Rocking Red Rocks on New Years Eve! Doesn't get better! Berms and beauty are hard to beat!

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  • Connor Armfield
    *****

    This is a fantastic little area for people of all abilities. I mostly ride the jump line which features four medium sized jumps. The jumps are well designed with a small side on the left and steeper take off on the right. The jumps are filled in so if you land short it's pretty forgiving. This is a really good track for getting started learning to jump. My only complaint is that it is a bit short. You'll be making many short trips up and down. There is also a mountain bike obstacle course of sorts which is fun too.

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  • Gdb49   ✓ supporter
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    The recent work on these trails has really elevated this area to the same the level as Ute Valley and Palmer Park.

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  • Johnston719
    ****

    Loose packed and hard packed trails mostly. Some areas have steep angles but offer trails of various degrees of difficulty. Watch out for hikers and dogs not on their leash.

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  • Jim Cummings
    ***

    This is a network with a variety of trails - several are grade 4 (advanced) with excellent technical features including tight switchbacks, drops, steps, bermed corners, rollers, bit of slick-rock, some sand, and some really nice fast flowing sections with opportunities for air. But they are all two-way and are popular with dog-walkers. The red rock formations are brilliant - take your camera.

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  • Likz2bikeOkc
    ****

    Rode this trail last July on my Epic. Very nice and open gravel trail. Have to take care around the north side, real close to the edge. Good to get acclimated to the lack of O2. No troubles getting around and the trail rangers were very helpful.

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  • Scott737
    ***

    It has a nice scenery. The trails aren't quite my style though.

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  • ~Mountain Bike Addict~
    *****

    This is such a great trail system with so much variety. Everything from wide trails with small jumps to narrow extremely rocky trails on Upper Codell. Connects to Intemann trail and Section 16. A great place with not too much elevation change but good training ground. Had some storm damage a few years ago but it was fixed and trails are regularly maintained.
    Can get busy on weekends though and watch out for dogs off leash.

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  • Brian87
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    This trial is a great trial for different levels of experience. While this trial is rated beginner, there are several sections that are easily intermediate. When taking of at the trial heads make sure you look at the map. The outside loops are mostly beginner but there arearly several switch back trials that are intermediate.

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  • Jermonn Davis
    *****

    Rode this trail for the first time I have to say it was a blast although they rated this as an easy trail you have to stay on the easy paths! Great place to enjoy the views!

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  • mongwolf   ✓ supporter
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    Feels so urban to me. I like backcountry too much. The trails I hooked up on were ok. I did not do the jumps area, so I guess I should go back sometime and give it more of a look. I run the trails sometimes when I am in the Springs.

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  • *****

    Great place to ride, once you get sector 16 it's amazing views great single tracks.

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  • apalten
    *

    It was a sandpit and full of hikers and dogs. Biking was almost impossible.

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  • Travis Brock
    *****

    There are two downhill sections that have had jumped carved out. I flew down these at around 30mph and had a blast. One of the best places I've ridden around here. Great views. There are quite a few intermediate sections that branch off the main trails. Most people can find something to like out here. All trails are well marked and color coded for difficulty. Very few technical sections for the hard core riders but that doesn't mean it isn't fun. If you haven't been, just go and see it for yourself. Great local place.

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  • James Robinson
    *****

    Awesome place to MTB. Pretty much uphill start wherever you start. Single track is awesome couple of challenging spots, loose rocks on some parts but overall awesome trail.

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  • justin70
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    This is a very scenic trail.
    The trails are not graded to IMBA standards - they are at least 1 grade easier that stated (eg. Black at RedRocks is blue elsewhere) - so don't be too intimidated.
    Some nice trails, with killer vertical gain and an often slippery and rocky trail surface.

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  • ~Mountain Bike Addict~
    *****

    Great system with tons of variety. Has tight singletrack and wide trails with small jumps going down long descents. Dries out quickly too as long as the sun's out, mostly open space with few trees.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
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    Great place for some entertaining riding. Gorgeous views, interesting trails with some techy bits mixed in, and an awesome skills park and jump line at the trailhead. Only downside? Tons of hikers.

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