Anemone Trail

Anemone means “wind flower” in the Greek, or “daughter of the wind.”   It thought by some to open its buds when the wind blows.  In Hebrew, it means, “plant of pleasantness.”


This trail is often overlooked and makes for its peaceful and pleasant vibe.   Close to the wildly popular Red Rocks formation and Mt Sanitas, this trail has some of the best views in Boulder.   At its peak of 6,423 ft, you rest with Boulder Canyon to the south and Sunshine Canyon to the north.     Enjoy wide open views of the Indian Peaks to the west and vast eastern views of Boulder and Denver on a clear day.

Directions: Centennial Park trailhead is 0.3 miles west of the intersection of Mapleton Avenue and 4th Street along Mapleton Avenue (which turns into Sunshine Canyon). The large trailhead is well marked on the south side of the road and accommodates 25 vehicles. Follow the trail directly from the parking lot to the south and turn right (west) to the Anemone Trail across from Red Rocks 0.2 miles up.

BTW – You can also park at Settlers Trailhead – west end of Pearl Street at the junction with Canyon Blvd. and head west up a steep hill to a 4 way trail crossing, take a left (west) to process to Anemone Trail.

This is a popular trail so parking can sometimes be filled up on the weekends.   Come early.

Red Rocks Trail – just to the east of Anemone Trail is Red Rocks Trail, a fun excursion through the rocky ridge, with great places to climb and explore the strength and majestic boulders.

Restrooms at Centennial Trailhead

No Bikes.

Dogs must be leashed, dog excrement removal is required by law.

Black bears, mountain lions and mule deer inhabit this area.

FYI – 

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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