Red Rocks / Dakota Ridge

4.27 out of 5
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↑ 1,500 ft
↓ 1,300 ft
elevation (ft)

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About this trail
From the parking lot, cross CO 26, and ascend the jeep road that you will see on the east. Follow for 3 miles. This section of trail is called Dakota Ridge. A couple of tough climbs, but mostly just riding the ridge. Lot\'s of slick rock. (pretty technical) You can see Denver to the left, and Red Rocks Park to the right. After descending down from the ridge, you will cross a small road over to the Red Rocks Trail which is also 3 miles. Red Rocks trail is totally different from the Dakota ridge....much greener and smoother. It\'s mostly a single track dirt trail. A couple of climbs, but not bad at all. This is not nearly as technical, and the scenery is amazing. You will be riding through towering red rocks and beautiful shrubbery. This trail loops back up to the parking area. So you have a 6 mile loop with slick rock, desert, sand, red rock, single track, beautiful scenery, and skill levels for everyone. (less skilled or in shape riders might want to do just the red rock side, which is still great fun!!)
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Is there a bike shop nearby -timlarson09

A: Green Mountain sports is just down the road on Alameda. about three miles from the trail. Always take my bike there for tune ups guys are awesome

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Reviews (64)

Bunny Hop

September 18, 2019
NatGio Bunny Hop  
Review: A very beautiful and technical ride

Granny Gear

September 5, 2016
Review: Clipins and big suspension/wheels is a must have. It's more of a cross country with minimal downhill sections. If you prefer tech over speed this is all you. That being said it had its moments. I did find a fun rock drop that was perfect for someone new to DH.. This a one and done trail for me tho the rocks were just too slow.

Bunny Hop

July 30, 2016
Review: I love this ride. Dakota Ridge is technical, but you definitely need to take a minute to enjoy the amazing view of the Denver skyline as well as Red Rocks amphitheatre. I've mountain bike in plenty of places in closing all of Moab and this view still amazes me. A must for all technical riders.


March 16, 2016
bigAD Trailblazer  
Review: A great loop, but hit it early. Especially on weekends.


September 29, 2015
Review: The only word to describe parts of this trail is "gnarly". I don't think I've seen as many rocks with pedal etching ever.

August 17, 2015
Review: Excellent ride challenging but no impossible pushes you to get better

Granny Gear

October 20, 2014
Review: Awesome trail! Very challenging.


June 14, 2014
Review: I did a loop of Red Rocks and Dakota Ridge. It was an okay ride. Dakota Ridge which is the Hogback adjacent to Red Rocks has some great views but its very rocky and had alot of logs also. You are constantly braking, not my cup of tea. But If you love ripping over rocks this is a nice loop.

Granny Gear

May 28, 2014
norourke Granny Gear  
Review: Don't ride the ridge after a rain storm, the red clay on the climb on the other side of 26 is brutal. The clay stuck in my tire and stopped the wheel from turning. Highly recommend riding it backwards from the red rock trail across 26. The water dams and terrain is much easier in that direction. Don't get me wrong you will need your A game on this ride no matter the direction.


May 16, 2014
Ash Bobye Gramcounter  
Review: Had a ton of fun on this trail. There were some muddy and sandy parts from the rain but it just added to the fun. We didn't get to hit Dakota Ridge because there was a detour and we couldn't figure out their directions...

Red Rocks / Dakota Ridge MTB Trail 4.27 out of 5 based on 64 ratings. 64 user reviews.
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