Summer is nearly upon us, which means you’re probably starting to think about ways to enjoy The Great Outdoors! Hiking is one of the most rewarding summer activities – you explore new areas, get in touch with nature, and get great exercise.
If you’re in Denver, you’ve come to the right place. The Mile High City is located in the Rocky Mountains near many, many trails and the town has quite a hiking culture. So, if you find yourself there this summer you should definitely get out on the trails. We’ve got a list of awesome hikes you can do in the Greater Denver area to get you started.
Not sure if you want to do a quick hike or a longer, challenging one? Wild Basin is the park for you. It has a mix of short trails to scenic points and treks up to 12 miles. There is an assortment of waterfalls and lakes to view, so the whole area is very photogenic.
Wild Basin is part of Rocky Mountain National Park, so if you’re a National Parks Passport holder, you can get that stamped!
If you’re looking for an easy hike that’s pretty close to Denver, drive just half an hour to Red Rocks Park. The park has a couple of loop trail options where you can view cool, towering red rock formations.
This area is also the home of the outdoor concert venue, Red Rocks Amphitheater (and its accompanying restaurant) so you could follow up your hike with dinner and a show if you wanted to make a full day of it!
Looking for something more extreme? If you want to go backpacking on a long trail, try the Comanche-Venable Loop. It’s a little over 12 miles and makes for a great trail on which to camp overnight!
While it’s possible to complete the one in one day, we recommend you make a weekend of it since it’s located in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness about 4 hours from Denver. Plus, you’ll gain about 3,600 feet in elevation during the hike!
Don’t have a full weekend to make the trek all the way to the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness but still want a challenge? Bergen Peak is for you. This hike is about 9 miles and rated difficult, but is only about a half-hour drive from Denver and can be more easily completed in a day.
The hike is located near the small town of Evergreen in the Colorado foothills. The trail will take you through prairie and pine forests up onto a ridge. You’ll gain about 2100 feet in elevation and enjoy panoramic views.
For a hike in a famous park that many try to check off their bucket lists, drive south just under 90 minutes to Garden of the Gods. The park, which also has a Nature Center, contains over 21 miles of trails winding through stunning landscapes of sandstone formations.
This is a great location for families and beginners, with trails ranging from easy to moderate and guided nature walks. Despite the hikes being on the easier side, the scenery is still beautiful enough that you get a great payoff!
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