“A tough trail that earns you great views of the Gunnison Gorge”
— Tim Judkins
The Red Rocks/Nighthorse trail follows the west ridge above the Gunnison Gorge. It is mainly used by motorbikes.
It dries quickly and is best used in the shoulder seasons to avoid the heat.
There are multiple steep and rugged/loose sections to challenge you on the trail. Numerous viewpoints let you see all the way down to the Gunnison River and up towards the national park.
One good way to run this trail is to go south to north on Red Rocks and return on the Sidewinder Trail
. From Bobcat to Ute Road and back on Sidewinder is about 12 miles and 2,300' of climbing. The Red Rocks/Nighthorse Trail intersects the Gunnison Gorge access roads from Eagle Valley to Ute. Its continuation to the south is called the Black Ridge Trail.