|Park/Forest||Red Mountain Open Space|
|Trailhead||Red Mountain Open Space|
|Distance Roundtrip||3.7 Miles|
|Elevation Start||6282 ft|
|Elevation Gain||≈ 300 ft|
Red Mountain Open Space is about 30 miles north of Fort Collins and is adjacent to the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. It is a great park with views of rolling prairie, red rock cliffs and interesting geology. This park is closed December 1 to March 1.
The stats on this page are for a loop hike that takes the Rising Sun Trail to the Sinking Sun Trail to the Big Hole Wash Trail then heads south through a few connector trails to the canyon on the north side of Bent Rock Trail which then continues east to the parking area. This makes for a nice loop hike with different terrain. The Rising Sun and Sinking Sun trails climb and travel along a ridge which you then descend into Big Hole Wash. The section through Big Hole Wash can be confusing and it can difficult to follow the trail there. There are great views of the surrounding cliffs from Big Hole Wash. There is a north/south trail that you will reach after heading west through Big Hole Wash which you then take south. There is a stream crossing and then you take the connector trails to a pretty canyon north of The Bent Rock Trail. After the canyon there is a short section of trail along a stream that heads back to the parking area. A map is as always recommended.
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About 30 miles north of Fort Collins off Red Canyon Rd. The route travels over various country gravel roads so it is slower traveling. Fill up your gas tank before heading out as this is a very rural area.