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Trading Post Trail



1.6 mile 2.6 kilometer loop
85% Runnable


Ascent: 320' 98 m
Descent: -313' -95 m
High: 6,252' 1,906 m
Low: 5,932' 1,808 m


Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)


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Trail shared by Johnny Muir-Addleman

Great short run around the Red Rocks Amphitheater Area, popular, close views of incredible rocks.

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The Trading Post Loop is a great way to spend half an hour if you are visiting the historic venue or have time to kill before a show. The rocks here are truly outstanding and the run is easy with a flat section to start and a small and gradual elevation gain up to the South entrance

Need to Know

Free parking is available at the trading post, the road crossing, and in the various dirt lots around the park. NO CLIMBING.

Runner Notes

Perhaps too busy during peak times for a good run.


This 1.5-mile closed loop will take you south along the front of the rock formations, then west and into the foothills where gorgeous outcroppings of sandstone frame the beginning of the Rocky Mountains. It joins Ship Rock Road towards the south entrance of the Amphitheater, follow along this road east, returning to the Trading Post.

History & Background

Red Rocks Amphitheater has been host to so many big name artists since its founding in 1941 that it's difficult to keep track. Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, The Beatles, James Taylor, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, U2, the list just goes on and on. Check out the visitor's center at the top of the amphitheater to see year-by-year lists of everyone who has played at this legendary place.

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Apr 14, 2019
Scott Burkhard
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Mar 1, 2019
Erik Zsemlye
Mostly dry, a few muddy patches. But another storm's coming in...
Oct 14, 2018
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Aug 16, 2018
Sabrina Kleinman
Aug 17, 2017
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Aug 13, 2017
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Bradley Magee
Jun 22, 2017
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Beautiful icicles formed on the rocks. Well worth the venture if hiking during the wintertime!
May 21, 2015 near Morrison, CO
An amazing rock face and southern hills on the Trading Post Loop Side Trail at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater.
May 19, 2015 near Morrison, CO
Beautiful hike during the wintertime! Don't let the cold stop you. It's quite breathtaking.
May 21, 2015 near Morrison, CO
The red rocks are always gorgeous, but there's just that extra something with the snow.
Nov 24, 2019 near Morrison, CO
Taking a break on the Trading Post Loop.
May 19, 2015 near Morrison, CO


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