Thursday, May 7, 2015

Red Canyon Park

Red Canyon Park (not to be confused with Red Rock Canyon Open Space in Colorado Springs) is a 600 acre park located about 15 minutes north of Cañon City with similar rock formations as found in Garden of the Gods. It's a fantastic area to hike and explore.

To get there head north out of town on Field Ave, eventually it will intersect with Red Canyon Road (also known as Garden Park Road), turn right and drive about 7 miles further and the park will be on your left. Look for the gate you see above, it sits back off the road. For a map showing directions to the park, click here. For a map of the park itself, click here.

I'd recommend a high clearance vehicle with four-wheel drive for this one. I visited in the spring and the road had some deep gullies in it.  I wasn't too sure where to go when I first arrived, so I initially parked near a picnic pavilion and bathrooms, and started in on foot. Following the creek bed (which was mostly dry the day I visited), I encountered many interesting rock formations and narrow canyons (top two photos, left).

After returning to my car, I continued to drive on further up the entrance road. I soon came to views of much larger sandstone formations (bottom two photos, left). These are actually on private property, but can be viewed from the road. See the comment below from the landowner. Just to be clear: These formations are not part of the actual park. Respect private property, don't trespass, and just enjoy the views from the road. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to drive any further. Dark clouds gathered and rain began to fall, so I headed back to town before driving further into the park. Wish I had more time to explore!

Check out the Gold Belt Scenic Byway website for a great guide to the roads leading to Cripple Creek from the Royal Gorge area.

1 comment:

  1. Hello,

    I came across your Blog post on Red Canyon Park. I am the ranch owner next to the park and have been having lots of issue with trespassers and vandals on my property. I have found that one of the problems is because people keep posting my Red Rock formations on the internet and in businesses stating they are part of the park. The last to photos you have on your blog ( are NOT part of
    the park or ever have been part of the park. PLEASE do not post them as part of the park. I have no issues with people enjoying them from a distance, or even contacting me for permission to get a closer look. I just want to change the mind set that people have about this being part of the park. Yes, there are signs up all over stating Private Property and No Trespassing, but I have had people tell me they thought it was the park
    discouraging visitors from access. Also, if you know of others please inform them of this. I would really appreciate it a lot.

    Jim Like
    Owner of Jim Like Ranch


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