Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks Trail Loop

Morrison, CO
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Dakota Ridge Trail is a 6.5 mile loop trail located near Lakewood, Colorado that offers scenic views. It is possible to link to Matthew Winters/Red Rocks trails to create a longer loop. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Take I-70 to Exit 259 and go south on County Road 93. The Stegosaurus Parking Lot is on the east side of the road, just south of I-70.

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

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For being Close to the Denver Metro Area its a good trail to get a work out, I started on the Zorro Trail and went up the ridge , Great views

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11 Completed 8 Reviews

I hit this trail right after work, it is a nice get away with great views. The trail begins at the entrance to the parking lot just on the right as you are turning in (not at the end of the parking lot which cuts up next to I-70). If you go clockwise you start with a climb to the top ridge. Once on the ridge I was wishing I had my taller hiking boots do to the rocks but really did not need them. When you come off from the road Dinosaur Ridge make sure to cross the county road and pick up the trail. My phone crashed and I kept looking for the trail on the east side of the road and walked back up the road to the parking lot. Once I charged my phone up I could see the trail was on the west side. Happy Trails

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2 Completed 1 Reviews

I agree with previous reviewers in that it's a great hike, but the road/mountain bikers don't always (usually) call out, and there's quite a bit of foot traffic since it's so close to town. That said, it's SO close to my home that it's one of my favorite hikes when I just need to get out for a morning or afternoon escape. My second time there I found all 7 of the Geocaches I searched for (I was only looking for those 7) - most of which were challenging but not impossible. There are many, many more that I plan to find, a few at a time, as a distraction to the hysteria of my every-day life. :-)

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4 Completed 4 Reviews

If you're going to ride this one you might want to go in the opposite direction than the map says. I went with the map and it was A LOT of uphill. Great ride with amazing scenery though. Just start clockwise and head east from the stegosaurus lot. Took me about 3 hours but like I said, I went the wrong way.

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14 Completed 7 Reviews

This trail is awesome. IF you know where you are going. I got lost a few times because you end up walking on a road a few times. Great scenery. It's just off I-70 so there were a lot of tourists and kids for some reason. It was not terribly hard but there were a few challenging areas. I was able to run quit a big if it. Along the 470 side is where it gets a little hairy. If you are going counter clockwise according to the map, it is ALL uphill!

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21 Completed 9 Reviews

we thought this trail was great. just pay attention to the trail map to find your car afterwards.

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9 Completed 3 Reviews

I've updated the details on this trail. It said 3.8 mile and 1 hour, however the map attached to the trail is actually 6.5 miles and 2-3 hours. There is picture of a route highlighted on a site map using the Dakota ridge trail and old W Alameda Parkway (closed to road traffic) that fits that estimate. However, the loop described on the map uses Village Walk and Red Rocks Trail. Which we hiked on a beautiful mid-February day. There was A lot of foot bike and paw traffic, but everyone was polite and courteous. Parts are rocky, and/or steep, but views of Denver and the foothills were great. We Plan to hike this trail again at the end of summer to compare how much stronger we are then.

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5 Completed 3 Reviews

Nice, easy trail with great views. You can gain altitude more quickly by starting on the east side of the ridge from the parking lot on Rooney rd.

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10 Completed 3 Reviews

Great trail to get a good workout and some nice views but due to its proximity to major thoroughfares it is not exactly a peaceful outdoor getaway. I hooked up with the Red Rocks trail and opted out of the Morrison Slide route and it took roughly 2:40:00 total, which felt pretty good.
Too many mountain bikers flying by along Red Rocks that didn't call out or even bother to slow down so will likely skip this one next time out.

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22 Completed 10 Reviews

I brought a friend that came from sea level. We hiked out and back because we weren't sure where the loop went and it started lightly snowing so we decided not to get lost! We entered the trail at Stegosauros, east side of Hwy 93. Overall it was a really nice hike and my out of town friend had no problems hiking it. We also brought my dog and she had a blast. There were a lot of trail runners and a few mountain bikers but everyone was very courteous and nice. Not a long enough or hard enough hike for me but it is great to take out of towners on.

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