Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Red Rock Canyon Open Space (RRCOS) is one of RMFI's TOPS Stewardship Project Sites. The City open space has similar geology and natural features as its more famous and heavily-visited neighbor, the Garden of the Gods Park. With fewer out-of-town visitors than the Garden, RRCOS remains a favorite of local outdoor enthusiasts throughout the year. Situated at the foot of Ute Pass, its dramatic sedimentary rock formations and foothills vegetation frame great views of the Front Range rising to the west. A majority of trails on the property are designated multi-use including its connection with the regional Palmer Trail (also referred to as “Section 16”). Some areas are designated to accommodate special pursuits, including rock climbing and off-leash pet areas.
RMFI has been working in Red Rocks since 2015 to complete a wide variety of trail and restoration projects. In 2018, RMFI enjoyed an opportunity to partner with the Friends of Red Rock Canyon and its trained Crew Leaders on the Landfill Connector Trail project in 2018. The development of this new trail, in the southeast section of the open space, provides a more efficient connection between the Ridgeline and Red Rock Canyon Overlook Trails.