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South Rim Trail at Roxborough State Park

A gentle hike with spectacular red rock views
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  Roxborough State Park is a true natural gem, conveniently located in Southwest Denver. The park is one of the best places near Denver... more »

Tips:  Bring plenty of water and sunscreen this hike has little shade.

This hike is best early morning on a weekday. You will have the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trail Head

This hike starts at a small parking lot on the left hand side of Roxborough Dr. There is a larger parking lot just a little further up. The larger parking area offers a restroom, and access to the visitors center. There is an alternate trail-head near this larger parking lot as well.

Leave the trailhead and hike down toward the bridge that ... More

2. Stay Left to South Rim Trail

At about 0.2 miles the Willow Creek trail branches off to your right. You will stay left here and continue to climb up towards the ridge.

You will rejoin the trail at this point on your return trip

3. Beautiful Red Rock Views

As you climb up the rim take a break and look behind you for spectacular views of the Red Sandstone "Fountain Formation" that make this a special place.

You will also be able to see Denver over the other side of the hogback.

4. Highpoint

Just over 1 mile in you will hit the highpoint of the trail at approximately 6500ft. The trail enters the scrub oak as it levels out and then begins a gradual decent.

5. Hike Through The Rocks

As you descend you will hike up close to some of the red fountain formation, and get a look at the lyons sandstone on the hogback you just hiked.

6. Carpenter Peak Trail Junction

Continue straight at this junction. The carpenter peak trail heads off back and to your left (south). You will be approaching the sign from the rear.

7. Which way to go?

If you parked at the small parking lot by the bridge, you will want to take a sharp right and follow the "Willow Creek Trail" back to your car.

If you parked at the larger parking area, or you would like to stop by the visitors center you can continue straight and to your left. This option will end at the visitors center.

8. Rejoin Trail

You will take a left at this junction and follow the trail 0.2 miles back to your car.

9. Geocache

Still up for some more fun? Why not find a quick geocache in the park

10. Visitors Center

If this is your first visit to the park. Why not stop by the visitors center to learn more about the area.