Colorado’s Best Winter Hikes Near Denver - Day Hikes Near Denver

November 27, 2013 Comments (0) best winter hikes colorado

Colorado’s Best Winter Hikes Near Denver

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Are you ready for the winter hiking near Denver? Much of Colorado is winter wonderland from November to April, that’s why we are the best skiing destination in the world–well, we think so. I think we are also the best winter hiking destination in the world. We have over 140 hikes on Dayhikes Near Denver, but not all are as easily hiked in the winter season, so we’ve identified about 20 different great winter hiking trails that are easier to access and great for families looking for winter hikes.

Our Criteria for Choosing The Best Winter Hiking Trails Near Denver

  • These trails are generally easy to get to. Snow and weather can make the drive to the trailhead an adventure in and of itself, so I tried to identify hikes that were more accessible.
  • Most of these hiking trails have areas where you are a bit more protected from the wind. I avoided hikes like the Flatirons Vista near Boulder because, while easy to access, you’re exposed to the wind the entire time.
  • Beginners and families should be able to hike these together.

Hike Smart this Winter

An easy hike can turn into a difficult one when weather comes in so be sure to hike smart this winter.

  • Always pack the 10 Essentials. If you need a packing list, then be sure to download our Free Hiking Guide to help you prepare and pack smart for your dayhikes.
  • Before you head out on the trail, review our 10 Winter Hiking Tips to get you prepared for this season.

Explore Our 20+ Winter Wonderland Hikes Near Denver Colorado

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Fountain Valley Trail at Roxborough State Park

The Fountain Valley trail in Colorado's Roxborough State Park is the Garden of the God's of Denver. It's more secluded than Red Rocks park, and features several trails that take you beyond the park boundaries and into the foothills. The Fountain Valley Trail is a perfect place to start because it features the best part of the park, it's towering ...
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Meyer Ranch Open Space Hikes

Yearning for Colorado's big sky and open meadows? Meyer Ranch Open Space is the perfect place and is just about 30 minutes outside of Denver. Check out the three different hiking trail options for this hike near Conifer, Colorado. Trail Snapshot: Meyer Ranch Open Space Hikes Hike Distance 2.4 to 4.8 miles Round Trip Difficulty Easy to Moderate Duration Approx ...
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Mount Falcon View from Castle

Mount Falcon – Castle & Tower Hike

A hike to castle ruins in Colorado? Yep. Throw in a lookout tower, great view of Denver, of Red Rocks, and of the mountains, and you've got some of the highlights of the Mount Falcon Trail. The trailhead is nestled in a community in the foothills just about 40 minutes from Denver. Here we detail a 2.3 mile loop trail ...
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Mt. Sanitas Hike Near Boulder

Mt. Sanitas Hike Near Boulder

If you are visiting Boulder, this is a great Colorado hike. Mt. Sanitas gives you several trail options ranging from an easy stroll along a meandering brook to a demanding trail up the mountainside. Explore the trail profile below for all the info you need on this hike near Boulder ...
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Red Rocks Trail at Settlers Park in Boulder

Red Rocks Trail at Settlers Park in Boulder

Agiant underground sandstone formation runs from Ft. Collins all the way through Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Here at Red Rocks Trail in Boulder, the rock juts out of the ground to transform the landscape. It makes for an inspiring short hike. Explore the hike snapshot and detailed trail profile below to get a feel for this great ...
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South Valley Park Trails

The trails of South Valley Park are perfect for an after work hike or run in South Denver. The expansive valley near the neighborhood of Ken Caryl is enclosed on its eastern side by the exposed red rock formations of the hogback and the green foothills to the west. Views to the south are incredible, making South Valley Park especially ...
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Spruce Mountain Hikes Near Larkspur

These hikes along Spruce Mountain near Larkspur, Colorado offer both expansive vista of Colorado's rolling green hills and a unique view of Pikes Peak. Spruce Mountain is a tall butte just 45 minutes south of Denver. This hiking trail follows the outer edge of the mountain giving you a great 360 degree view of the area. Check out the entire ...
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Trading Post Trail at Red Rocks Park

Trading Post Trail at Red Rocks Park

Ready for a hike around Colorado's Red Rocks Park and famous amphitheater? The Trading Post trail at Red Rocks takes you around 10 of the parks giant red rock formations. It's a short loop hike near Denver, accessible off of 470. Check out our full hiking trail profile below for all the details. Trail Snapshot: Trading Post Loop Trail Hike ...
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Waterfall Hike in Castlewood Canyon State Park, Colorado

Waterfall Hike at Castlewood Canyon

This may be the most accessible waterfall near Denver. If you hit the right parking lot, the hike takes only abut 10 minutes. But is a hike really a hike if it only takes 10 minutes? So, grab a park brochure and find the Northernmost trailhead for the Creek Bottom Trail (Homestead Trailhead). This will add close to 1 mile ...
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Willow Creek Trail at Roxborough State Park

Entering Roxborough State Park is like walking into another world. The red rock and wildlife--and if you are lucky--the low lying cloud cover, conspire to make for a great escape just south of Denver. This short hike in Roxborough is a perfect way to begin exploring the park. Scroll down to get all the information you need for this trail: ...
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Winter Hiking Trails Near Denver, Colorado

Winter hikes near Denver often lead up snow-covered trails with the blue skies that seem to stretch on to forever. The trails we've chosen for this set of top 10 winter hikes keep you close to Denver, are easy or moderately demanding, and explore a variety of landscapes. Because Winter weather in Colorado is both breathtaking and unpredictable, it's critical ...
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