Last week, I did a bit of hiking around Green Mountain – along the west edge of the Denver Metro area. Like my post from the other day, I’ve hiked this area for over 20 years. I’ve experienced mule deer and coyotes, as well as the occasional rattlesnake, on my hikes along the west side trails.
The view in this image can be found by taking Alameda Parkway to where it turns north to become Rooney Road. Right where the turn is, you can park and walk up the Hog Back to see The Dinosaur Ridge Trail. This 1.5-mile trail along Alameda Parkway, between Rooney Road North and County Road 93 has hundreds of dinosaur tracks, a quarry of dinosaur bones, and interesting geologic features. You can see this section in the image behind the tree. But if you continue north along Rooney Road, there’s a parking lot on the west side of C-470 where you can park, and hike over the highway to Green Mountain. If you take the trails off to the right (south) – you’ll eventually find this spot. The view also includes the top of Red Rocks Theatre – famous for it’s location of U2’s “Under a Blood Red Sky”, filmed back in June of 1983. The shot itself was taken right before sunset during an overcast afternoon.