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Settler's Park Trailhead

Settler's Park Trailhead

COVID-19 Alerts

Always bring a face covering when you leave home and maintain 6 feet of distance

  • You will need a face covering to visit Boulder’s open space trails and parks. Always bring one with you when you leave home.
  • Place it over your nose and mouth when you can’t maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
  • Wear it around your neck or wrist when no one else is around.
  • Parents should help children older than 2 years old properly wear a face covering.
  • Help protect vulnerable community members and each other. 

Don’t forget:  Keep the space in open space! Always stay at least 6 feet from others you don’t live with or haven’t agreed to have close contact with.

Please follow these other responsible recreation reminders:

  • Visit  OSMPTrails.org  to see current trail closures, historical data that shows areas of high and low open space use and trails that are wider than 6 feet. See when trails are busiest through our  Visitation Data Explorer .
  • Protect first responders. Know your limits and don’t take unnecessary risks. 
  • Plan ahead and consider recreating closer to home as parking is extremely limited - especially on Flagstaff Mountain.
  • Remember: Leave No Trace! Pick up trash and dog waste. Stay on trail and walk through mud. Step off if you need to maintain distance but quickly step back on trail.
  • For more responsible recreation reminders, please visit the Covid-19 Recovery page.

LOCATION

West end of Pearl Street at its junction with Canyon Boulevard.

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.

TRAILHEAD SAFETY

Please keep your car doors locked and your car windows rolled up at all times while leaving your vehicle parked at OSMP trailheads. Also consider leaving important valuables at home or take them with you while visiting open space. To report suspicious activity please call City of Boulder Dispatch 303-441-3333 or Boulder County Dispatch 303-441-4444. For crimes in progress, call 911 immediately.

TRAILS

View Settler's Park Trail Map pdf

Red Rocks Trail is 0.5 mi; 300ft. This area is actually a network of short trails. Starting at Settlers' Park, Red Rocks Trail goes north past a historic marker and gains a rocky ridge. It follows the ridge, and goes to the saddle to the right of the spectacular fins of Red Rocks. The trail continues down the ridge to end at Centennial Trailhead in the mouth of Sunshine Canyon on Mapleton Avenue.

ACCESSIBILITY

This area is identified as being popular with people using wheelchairs. See the Accessible Trails Page for details.

BUS CONNECTIONS

An RTD bus passes very close to this trailhead. Learn about Taking the Bus to OSMP.

RESTROOMS

None (A set of multiple restrooms located approximately 0.25 miles north in Eben G. Fine Park).

PICNIC FACILITIES

Three picnic tables and two trash cans at trailhead.

BIKE REGULATIONS

No bicycles are allowed in this area.

DOG REGULATIONS

Settler's Park Area Dog Regulations Map

Learn about bringing your dog to OSMP. All dogs must be leashed in the Trailhead Leash Area. Beyond the trailhead, dog control requirements vary from trail to trail, so carefully watch for dog regulation signs at trailheads and trail intersections. On most OSMP trails in this area, 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 inhabit 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.