Best Winter Hikes Near Denver Colorado

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Colorado’s Best Winter Hikes Near Denver

Are you ready for the winter hikes 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. Be sure to download our Free Hiking Guide to help you prepare and pack smart for your dayhikes.

Criteria for Choosing These Winter Hikes Near Denver, Colorado


  • 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 where you’re exposed to the wind the entire time.
  • Beginners and families should be able to hike these together. If you are concerned about the difficulty of a hike, go over to our contact page and send me some questions about the hike you’re going to take, or just ask for a recommendation.


Explore all of these Colorado winter hikes below. Before you do, I want to draw special attention to our three hikes that I think are the best in the winter.

Our Top 7 Winter Hikes Near Denver Colorado

Hikes in Roxborough State Park

  • Hikes in Roxborough State Park

  • Distance: 2.3 to 6.2 miles
    Drive Time from Denver: 45 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    The contrast of massive red rock formations against the soft, white snow makes winter hikes in Roxborough feel like a walk through a fantasy world. Check out the list of Roxborough State Park Trails we’ve profiled below. Take note that State Park fee is required.

     

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    South Valley Park Trails

  • South Valley Park Trails

  • Distance: .5 mile to 3 miles
    Drive Time from Denver: 30 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy
    The South Valley Park Trails is another great choice for hiking during winter in South Denver. The valley just near the neighborhood of Ken Caryl, enclosed by the red rock formations, transforms gracefully into a white adorned work of God combined with the red highlights from the rocks.

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    Hikes at Red Rocks Park

  • Hikes at Red Rocks Park

  • Distance: 6 miles Round Trip and 1.4-mile Loop
    Drive Time from Denver: 25-30 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    Red Rocks Park gives can be hiked in two different trails. Once could experience wandering through the meadows just east of the magnificent red rock formations that this park is named after. Close to Denver, the Red Rocks Park hikes are great for winter hikes that can be easily accessed due to its proximity. And who wouldn’t want to witness a cave carved into the sandstone? During winter, it’s a different story but altogether beautiful. Below are the two hikes that are profiled for Red Rocks Park:

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    Mount Falcon Castle & Tower Hike

  • Mount Falcon Castle & Tower Hike

  • Distance: 2.3-mile Loop
    Drive Time from Denver: 40 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy
    This winter hike will give you views quite different from the other two: you’ll take in views of Colorado’s snow-flanked Front Range, and views of Denver stretched out below you. This might be a more difficult drive if the weather is bad, but I believe they keep the road plowed through the winter season.

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    Castlewood Canyon State Park Trails

  • Castlewood Canyon State Park Trails

  • Distance: 1/4 mile to 4 miles
    Drive Time from Denver: 50 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    Castlewood Canyon State Park is hidden in the plains and it’s often an overlooked State park of Colorado. When it snows turns into a winter wonderland. The park can be explored either by hiking or rock climbing since it’s a geologically beautiful wonderful place to get lost in. The trails feature these collectively: a waterfall, a stream, homestead ruins, caves and clefts. We’ve profiled for you the trails you could hike in winter in Castlewood Canyon State Park:

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    Emerald Lake Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Emerald Lake Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Distance: 3.6 miles Round Trip
    Drive Time from Denver: 2 Hours
    Difficulty: Moderate
    You’re likely going to need snowshoes for this one. You’ll weave past three lakes to a jaw-dropping view of frozen Emerald Lake and Hallet Peak. The best place to rent snowshoes is at the Estes Park Mountain Shop.

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    Mt. Galbraith Loop via the Cedar Gulch Trail

  • Mt. Galbraith Loop via the Cedar Gulch Trail

Distance: 4.9-mile Lollipop
Drive Time from Denver: 25 Minutes
Difficulty: Moderate
Mt. Galbraith near Golden, Colorado has spectacular views into two canyons and into the city of Golden. The trail is about a 25-minute drive from Denver, and it makes for a quick escape from anyone’s busy life in the urban area, so take the opportunity to breathe in the fresh air of the foothills. This trail is another great hike for winter and is perfect for avid hikers but still accessible to beginners.

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Explore Our Winter Wonderland Hikes Near Denver Colorado

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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
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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
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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Map of Best Winter Hikes Near Denver Colorado