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Centennial Park Trailhead

Centennial Park Trailhead

LOCATION

South side of Sunshine Canyon, just west of the Sanitas access point.

Please check for Trail & Area Closures.

Or view the interactive trail map (includes trail closures) and the interactive wildlife closures map

You are responsible for knowing and complying with all closures and OSMP rules & regulations.

PARKING

Parking lot at trailhead.

TRAILS

View Centennial/Sanitas/Red Rocks Area Trail Map pdf

Red Rocks Trail is 0.5 mi; 300ft. This area is actually a network of short trails. Starting at Centennial Trailhead the trail gains a ridge. It goes to the saddle to the right of the spectacular fins of Red Rocks. The trail continues down the ridge to end at Settler's Park. The Sunshine Canyon Trail (1.3 mi) branches off from the Red Rocks Trail just after going over the Silver Lake Ditch and heads west up Sunshine Canyon. The Anemone Trail (0.4 mi) branches off from the Red Rocks Trail 0.2 mi from the trailhead and goes up Anemone Hill.

Across Sunshine Canyon Drive from the Centennial Trailhead is the access point to Mt. Sanitas.

RESTROOMS

Located at the trailhead.

PICNIC FACILITIES

Four picnic tables at trailhead.

BIKE REGULATIONS

No bicycles are allowed in this area.

DOG REGULATIONS

Mt. Sanitas Dog Regulations Map
Red Rocks/Settler's Park Dog Regulations Map

Learn about bringing your dog to OSMP. Dogs must be on a hand-held leash at all times unless they meet the voice and sight control standard and display a City of Boulder Voice and Sight tag. Dog excrement removal is required by law. A dog station is available to aid in the collection of dog excrement.

WILDLIFE

Black bears, mountain lions, and mule deer are inhibits to this area.

HISTORIC INFO

Settlers' Park got its name because it was thought to be the location of the first permanent camp of American settlers in the Boulder area. The group pitched their tents at the base of the sheltering Red Rocks on Oct. 17, 1858.  A group of about 24 men heading toward Cherry Creek-Auraria gold strikes broke away from their wagon train because one of their members, Captain Thomas Aikins, thought that the "mountain looked right for gold" in the foothills west of the Boulder area. Red Rocks was purchased in 1920 and 1926.

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