Before you start your hike, pause at the Visitor's Center to get a map. This is one area where your dog can't go, so leave them with a friend while you grab your copy. This map allows you to take a self-guided tour of the area.
The trailhead is west of the visitor's center, right off the parking lot. Head out along the packed dirt path. You'll have to pass through a conifer forest before you make it to the main feature, the cliffs and rock formations! Take your map and go up to the base of these tall, imposing structures. Follow the map's guides to see hoodoos (rock spires of varying widths), alcoves, and other rock formations. From there, you will pass several examples of the area's natural beauty before turning back to the Visitor's Center. If you plan on exploring some of the other trails in Red Canyon, this trail is a great way to teach yourself what to look for while you explore the rest of the area.
Though the scenic nature of the trail can make you feel far from civilization, you can expect to share the trail at one or two points. It's the third most popular trail in the park, and sees a lot of activity every season!
Red Canyon Pink Ledges Trail is a furrific way to test out hiking with your dog!