Hike around one of the coolest amphitheaters in the world built into the Red Rocks of Colorado. Trading Post Trail is an easy 1.4 mile hike that will get you all the epic Red Rocks views!
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Red Rocks is a very popular area and hiking trail, so the earlier you go the better! Also if the sun is out, there is very little shade on this hike, so the earlier you go the more comfortable this hike will be. There were no events the day we went, but if there is an event, you will not be able to enter the amphitheater at certain times, so make sure to check the schedule of events ahead of time because the amphitheater is really cool.
We found there to be ample parking which was really nice. The only time parking will be an issue is on an event day, so make sure to check the schedule before you go. There is ample parking by the trail head along with restrooms, which is a nice bonus! Make sure to save yourself time to pop into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame for some awesome memorabilia. You can also park in the triangle lot between the Trading Post trail head and the Red Rocks Amphitheater.
What to Bring
The trail loop is very easy as there isn’t much elevation change. The hardest part of this trail is the lack of shade during the afternoon. So we highly recommend bringing sunscreen, if you haven’t tried Sun Bum sunscreen, we love that it isn’t greasy and we don’t feel like we have a film on after applying it! Make sure to bring water and lots of water, the sun is very intense especially with no shade and reflecting off the Red Rocks. If you are looking for an alternative to sports drinks, try Nuun tablets, which you can pop into a water to give you missing electrolytes and vitamins. This will also help keep you from getting altitude sickness.
With any hike, make sure to dress in layers and wear a comfortable pair of hiking shoes or tennis shoes. If you want to roll like us, hit up Winchell’s donuts and snack on them half way through. These are my childhood favorite go to donuts, psst…they make AMAZING old fashioned donuts. If donuts aren’t your thing, you’re crazy, just kidding! Make sure to bring a few snacks like trial mix or granola bars we personally love Cliff Bars and Larabars.
Trading Post Trail
We chose to do the Trading Post Trail clockwise ending at the Red Rocks. Personally we think this was the best views and you have an epic ending at the Red Rocks Amphitheater. The trail is a 1.4 mile loop and has little elevation change on an easy trail. We loved that this was such an easy hike with such incredible views. The hardest part of the hike will be the ramp to the Red Rocks Amphitheater and the stairs if you choose to climb them!
Where to Stay in Denver
Kimpton Hotel Monaco in downtown Denver is incredible. It was our first stay at a Kimpton Hotel and because of the superior service and we are now Kimpton fans. We had originally booked a hotel at the Westin, which we usually love, but stay as far away from the Denver Westin as possible. The poor reviews for this hotel are completely on point, any hotel will be a better experience.
If you love hiking and are looking for another easy and beautiful hike, we cannot recommend Estes Park enough. It is an easy drive from Denver and is absolutely gorgeous. We really loved seeing the Aspens turn beautiful yellow as we hiked to Alberta Falls.