DAYHIKES NEAR DENVER

Some of the best hikes near Denver are easy hikes. If you are looking to break free and explore the outdoors, this list of hiking trails is a perfect place to start. Easy hikes are great for families and spending time with friends on the trail.

Searching for hikes to waterfalls near Denver? Explore our list of more than 50 Colorado waterfall hikes. Drink in the sound and the spray of Colorado’s most stunning sites.

Are you looking for hiking trails closest to Denver? Here is a set 20+ hiking trails within 30 minutes of Denver. Each trail profile gives you driving directions, trail maps, and all the details you need to choose your next adventure.

Where is the best scenery in and around Denver? Explore our Hikes by Beauty to find destination hikes to lakes, waterfalls, wildflowers, peak top views, and more.

Find hiking trails in Colorado by using our interactive map. The map includes hikes near Denver and even more across the state. Each location displays the difficulty, trail length, and a summary of trail features.

Trying to find places near Denver where you can hike with your dog? We’ve curated a set of more than 25 of the best dog friendly trails in the Denver area. Break free on a weekend morning or after work for some quality time with man’s best friend.

FRONT RANGE HIKING TRAILS BY CITY

Boulder, Colorado boasts hiking trails that start right in town at Chautauqua Park. Explore our set of hikes in what is considered the most active, outdoor town in the country.

Colorado Springs is about an hour South of Denver and in the breathtaking shadow of Pikes Peak. It’s a landscape of towering Red Rocks, canyons, and waterfalls. Explore our growing set of hikes in the Colorado Springs area.

Golden, Colorado, just a few minutes West of Denver, is the home of Clear Creek, Coors Brewery, and some great hiking trails along the foothills.

TOP HIKING TRAILS NEAR DENVER

Where should I hike this weekend? Here’s the best place to start: our top 10 favorite hikes near Denver. Be sure to check back as the votes change our list.

If you’re just getting started hiking, here’s a set of hikes perfect for beginners. They are easy, short, and a great way to get some exercise. Use this list to start building strength for longer hikes while taking in the beauty of new landscapes.

If you are visiting Colorado, there are a few hikes that are bucket-list worthy. Whether you are on vacation or visiting Colorado on business, we’ve put together this top-10 list for you. Plan your visit with this set of trails.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK HIKING TRAILS

Just 90-minutes North of Denver, you’ll find hundreds of miles of hiking trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. Take-Your-Breath-Away landscapes await in the wild high-country of the park where you’ll find still alpine lakes, meadows where elk graze, streams, waterfalls, and abundant summer wildflowers.

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One of the most beautiful National Parks in the world, and it’s full of waterfalls–more than 30 of them! And there are even some hidden waterfalls in RMNP. Explore this set and sign up for our Hiking Guide to receive emails profiling some of these hidden hikes.

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Eleven Mile State Park Interpretive Trail

Eleven Mile State Park Interpretive Trail

Eleven Mile State Park feels like the proverbial "hidden in plain sight" gem. Situated off the commonly traveled Highway 24 between Colorado Springs and Buena Vista, this loop hike blesses visitors with uncommon beauty. Trekking around the 3.5+ mile trail serves up a superb buffet of Colorado's classic outdoors: aspen and evergreen forests, meadows, rocky crags, vistas of mountain ranges, ...
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MacGregor Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

MacGregor Falls has become one of my favorite hidden waterfall hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Black Canyon Trail meanders through old ranch land meadows, along the captivating Lumpy Ridge rock formations, and offers views of Longs Peak to the southwest. The falls are 3.1 miles (one way) from the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead. It's a lesser-known hike with a ...
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Mt. Flora to Mt. Eva Hike above Berthoud Pass

Mt. Flora to Mt. Eva Hike above Berthoud Pass

High mountains passes, like Guanella, Kenosha, and Loveland, all offer 14er-level views but often without the 14er-level effort...or crowds! The Mt. Flora hike (with option to Mt. Eva) provides this kind of experience. Explore the full Mt. Flora to Mt. Eva Hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more tips and details to help you enjoy this adventure ...
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Crater Lake Hike in the Indian Peaks Wilderness

Crater Lake Hike in the Indian Peaks Wilderness

California may boast Yosemite, but Colorado offers the Indian Peaks Wilderness valley. And within this wilderness, one happens upon an arresting sight -- Mirror Lake and Crater Lake, dutifully monitored by the impressive Lone Eagle Peak. Long considered an iconic range, the Indian Peaks give hikers an endless stream of prime photography, wildflowers, and "Look at that!" moments. From the ...
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Mt. Buckhorn hike near Colorado Springs

Mt. Buckhorn hike near Colorado Springs

The Mt. Buckhorn Hike, taking the shape of what hikers often call a "lollipop loop," forms the bridge between the Section 16 hike and the Seven Bridges & Kineo Mountain hike. As with those hikes, the surprising aspect is its immediacy -- within minutes of turning off the highway the trailhead appears. And if parking has filled, other options await ...
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Seven Bridges to Kineo Mountain Loop

Seven Bridges to Kineo Mountain Loop

Immensely popular in the summer, the Seven Bridges trail beckons hikers up and across North Cheyenne Creek multiple times, meandering by and over tumbling creek waterfalls. The route described below launches from the Seven Bridges trail out onto a loop around Kineo Mountain, reaching a connection point with the Mt. Buckhorn hike. These two loops, along with the Section 16 ...
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Section 16 Hike near Manitou Springs

Section 16 Hike near Manitou Springs

Nestled between Manitou Springs on the west and Colorado Springs on the east, the Manitou Section 16 Open Space overlaps with the Red Rock Canyon Open Space to the north, just off Highway 24. Both of these systems connect to two other regional parks, creating a massive complex of trails that delights hikers of all ages and abilities. This route ...
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Silver Dollar and Murray Lakes Trail

Silver Dollar and Murray Lakes Trail

Silver Dollar Lake Trail graces hikers with not just one, but three lakes! This easy to moderate hike, approximately 3-4 miles, treks up lake by lake. Each successive one along the Silver Dollar Lake Trail perches above the previous, creating multiple platforms from which to view the valley, breathe in the beauty, and take pictures. Situated along the stunning Guanella ...
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Square Top Lakes Trail on Guanella Pass

Square Top Lakes Trail on Guanella Pass

The Square Top Lakes Trail, one of several cresting Guanella Pass above Georgetown, CO, gives hikers a chance to behold sweeping valley vistas and the imposing profile of Mount Bierstadt. Simply driving to the trailhead along Guanella Pass can soothe a weary soul and take its breathe away at the same time! Once on the trail, the expansive pass greets ...
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paint mines near colorado springs with gullies and eroded rock landscape

Paint Mines Hike Near Colorado Springs

The Paint Mines trail takes hikers on an easy 3.7 mile loop through a badlands landscape of rainbow sandstone and hoodoo rock formations about 90 minutes south of Denver and 45 minutes east of Colorado Springs. Explore the full Paint Mines hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more tips and details to help you enjoy this adventure ...
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Indian Creek Loop Hike

Indian Creek Loop Hike

The Indian Creek Trail is tucked away outside of Sedalia, CO, just under an hour's drive from Denver, you find a trailhead leading to a vast internal system of trails that links up to the Colorado Trail, Roxborough State Park, and Nelson Ranch Open Space. The number of configurations you can devise awaits your creativity...and endurance! The Indian Creek Campground ...
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pikes peak in background with manitou lake in foreground near colorado springs

Manitou Lake Hike Near Colorado Springs

Manitou Lake near Colorado Springs offers a pleasant and easy loop trail around its shores with views of Pikes Peak. It's also a great spot fishing and paddling on the 5-acres of water. There are nearby camping options detailed below. Explore the full Manitou Lake hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, campground info and more. Trail Snapshot: Manitou ...
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Chautauqua Loop Trail in Boulder

The Chautauqua Trail is an easy 3.6 mile loop hike along Boulder's Flatirons. The trails pass several historical sites: a quarry, cabin, shelter, and ski area as it weaves through the meadows and ponderosa forest of Chautauqua Park. About 40 minutes from Denver, the Chautauqua Loop hike makes for a great hike for visitors who are looking for stunning landscapes ...
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Grizzly Peak Hike at Loveland Pass

Grizzly Peak is a challenging 5-mile hike from Loveland Pass that ends with a scramble to its craggy 13,427' summit with breathtaking views of the Loveland Pass area, local ski resorts, and 14ers Grays and Torreys Peaks. About one hour from Denver, Grizzly and it's sister peak, Sniktau are two of the most accessible 13er peak hikes near Denver. Trail ...
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