Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
262.00 ft (79.86 m)
Trail type
1.80 mi (2.90 km)
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Mesa, Greenlee, and Red Rock Canyon Loop is a short hike located in Red Rock Canyon Open Space near Colorado Springs. This trail explores a small portion of Red Rock Canyon. This loop is 1.8 miles long and gains 262 feet of elevation.

This hike starts from Red Rock Canyon Parking Lot 1. There are portable toilets available at the trailhead. Begin hiking south on Mesa Trail. After 0.1 miles, you will come to a junction. Go straight to stay on Mesa Trail. You will now pass by an off leash dog area. Continue on this trail for 0.2 more miles before turning left onto Greenlee Trail. You will hike past a small pond and continue hiking amongst small trees and red rock formations. After 0.5 miles on the Greenlee Trail, you will encounter a junction. Go left here onto Quarry Pass Trail.

Quarry Pass Trail will take you up and over Red Rock Canyon's largest rock feature. The trail passes through a section of the rock that was previously quarried. After 0.1 miles, you will come to another junction and turn left onto Red Rock Canyon Path. This trail travels near Red Rock Canyon's largest rock formation. After another 0.1 miles, you will encounter 2 junctions. Go left at the first junction and right at the second. Another 0.1 miles will bring you to a junction where you will stay right. 0.1 miles down the trail you will come to another junction and go left to stay on Red Rock Canyon Path. Follow the trail past the pond and a parking area for 0.6 miles to return to the trailhead.

Red Rock Canyon Open Space is open for hiking year round. There are no associated fees to hike here. Dogs are allowed on this trail, but they must be on a leash at all times.


Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Rock Formations.


Road Noise.

Trailhead Elevation

6,260.00 ft (1,908.05 m)

Highest point

6,402.00 ft (1,951.33 m)

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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