Looking for things to do near Denver, Colorado. A list of hiking trails for visiting friends and family.

Great Hikes for Visiting Friends and Family




Devils Head Fire Lookout Hike

June 1, 2013 Comments (23) 2-3 Miles, About 60 Min, fall colors, Medium, Mountain Range Views, Peak-Top Views, Rock Formations, visiting family friends

This Colorado hike begins in a glade of tall aspens, some of the biggest we’ve seen this close to Denver. Then the trail meanders through some unusual rock formations until the trail opens into a high meadow where a quaint ranger cabin sits nestled in the trees. Up ahead and to your

Read article

Mount Falcon View from Castle

Mount Falcon – Castle & Tower Hike

June 1, 2011 Comments (12) 2-3 Miles, About 45 Min, best winter hikes colorado, Bluff Top Views, Dog Friendly Hikes, Easy, hikes with kids denver, Meadows, Mountain Range Views, Ruins, visiting family friends

Mount Falcon features several trails. By combining a few, you can create a 2.3 mile loop and take in several historic sites as well as breathtaking views of Denver, Red Rocks, and the Front Range. This is makes it one of the best hikes close to Denver for visiting friends and family.

Read article

st marys glacier near idaho springs colorado header

St. Mary’s Glacier near Idaho Springs, Colorado

July 19, 2014 Comments (2) 1-2 Miles, About 60 Min, Bluff Top Views, Creek or Brooks, Dog Friendly Hikes, High Country, Lakes, Medium, Mountain Range Views, visiting family friends

Just St. Mary’s lake alone is breathtaking – especially in the morning calm, as it reflects the glacier in its mirror surface. It’s a wonderful place to have a picnic before beginning the rocky descent back down the mountain. If you walk around the right side of St.

Read article

Trading Post Trail at Red Rocks Park

February 7, 2015 Comments (0) 1-2 Miles, About 30 Min, best winter hikes colorado, Deer, Easy, Meadows, Red Rocks, visiting family friends

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. If you are looking for a family adventure that’s quick

Read article

Echo Lake, Near Mt. Evans & Idaho Springs Colorado

Echo Lake Trail Near Mt. Evans

July 21, 2010 Comments (8) About 60 Min, Birdwatching, By Beauty, By Difficulty, By Distance, By Drive Time, Easy, fall colors, hikes with kids denver, Lakes, Mile or Less, visiting family friends

A great Colorado park to take visiting family and friends. It’s an hour from Denver and has very short trail, but it’s a great place to introduce others to the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and to take in a high Colorado lake. The trail circles Echo Lake and connects to

Read article

Ultimate Guide to Maroon Bells in Colorado

March 19, 2016 Comments (0) 1-2 Miles, 2-3 Miles, 3-4 Miles, Creek or Brooks, Easy, fall colors, hikes near aspen colorado, Lakes, Meadows, Medium, More than 90 Min, Mountain Range Views, visiting family friends, Wildflowers

The Maroon Bells offer several hikes and some of the most beautiful scenery in Colorado. It’s a Rocky Mountain landscape painted with cascades, lakes, golden aspens, and all against the backdrop of the peaks of the Maroon Bells. This guide to the Maroon Bells features 5 different

Read article

mt evans summit hike header

Mt. Evans Summit Hike

June 25, 2011 Comments (0) 1-2 Miles, About 90 Min, By Beauty, By Difficulty, By Drive Time, Easy, Handicap Accessible, High Country, Mile or Less, Mountain Range Views, Peak-Top Views, visiting family friends, Wildflowers, Wildlife

Mount Evans is one of Colorado’s Front Range Fourteeners, and like Pikes Peak, Mt. Evans has a road that takes you to a trail just a few hundred feet shy of the summit where you are likely to see both Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats. The key to exploring Mount Evans is knowing the

Read article

alberta falls rocky mountain national park August 15, 2010

Alberta Falls Hike at Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park is full of waterfalls and this hike

Read article

Clear Creek Trail in Golden Colorado July 23, 2010

Clear Creek Trail in Downtown Golden

Want a hike to please everyone? The Clear Creek Trail in Golden, Colorado is it!

Read article

fountain valley trail roxborough state park header July 19, 2010

Fountain Valley Trail at Roxborough State Park

The trail is a loop. You can start on the valley floor, then work your way up to the

Read article

Picnic area at Eldorado Canyon State Park May 29, 2011

7 Great Picnic Areas Near Denver

Looking for a great place to picnic near Denver, Colorado? As we have been profiling

Read article

August 14, 2010

Bear Lake Hike at Rocky Mountain National Park

Bear lake is the epicenter of Rocky Mountain National Park. This means that you can

Read article

October 2, 2014

Hiking at Pine Valley Ranch Park

Hiking Options at Pine Valley Ranch Park #1 – Park View Out-and-Back Hike

Read article

evergreen lake trail header October 9, 2010

Evergreen Lake Trail

Along the back side of Evergreen Lake stands the old Warming House and Nature

Read article

meyer ranch open space hikes header July 8, 2011

Meyer Ranch Open Space Hikes

1. Lodgepole Loop: 2.4 miles – Easy – Take the Owl’s Perch Trail

Read article

enchanted mesa hike in boulders chautauqua park May 21, 2014

Enchanted Mesa Trail Near Boulder, Colorado

Start your hike at parking lot near the Chautauqua Auditorium Trailhead. There is

Read article

lakes loop trail rocky mountain arsenal header July 31, 2010

Lakes Loop Trail at Rocky Mountain Arsenal

An arsenal turned into a Wildlife Refuge. What a great idea! The refuge boasts over

Read article

June 11, 2015

Georgetown Railroad Hike & Train Ride

The Georgetown Railroad hike is a one-of-a-kind guided hike through the clear creek

Read article

dream lake rocky mountain national park header April 13, 2016

Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

The hike to Dream Lake is one of the popular destination hikes in Rocky Mountain

Read article

June 18, 2016

Raccoon Loop Hike in Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Our kids loved this 2.5 mile loop hike in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. The trail

Read article

April 23, 2016

Helen Hunt Falls in Colorado Springs

Helen Hunt Falls in Colorado Springs is a 35 foot waterfall requiring only a short

Read article

April 23, 2016

Monarch Lake Loop Hike

The Monarch Lake Loop is a perfect family hike that leads 4 miles through shaded

Read article

March 25, 2016

South Rim Loop Trail at Roxborough State Park

The South Rim Trail at Roxborough State Park is a moderate loop hike that leads to

Read article

April 22, 2016

Rifle Falls Colorado

Rifle Falls is a 70 foot, triple waterfall in Rifle Falls State Park. It’s

Read article

July 2, 2016

7 Hikes Near Denver for Your Fourth of July Weekend

Getting up into the mountains near Denver is a great way to cool off during the

Read article

April 21, 2016

Fish Creek Falls Near Steamboat Colorado

A 284 foot waterfall! Need we say more. Fish Creek Falls is a 1/4 mile hike located

Read article