DAYHIKES NEAR DENVER

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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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Mallory Cave Hike in Boulder

Mallory Cave is a 1.4-mile, moderate hike up into red rock formations of the Boulder Flatirons to a gated cave. Just 40 minutes from Denver, the trail to Mallory Cave was one of the earliest established recreational trails along the Front Range of Colorado. Explore the full trail profile for trail map, driving direcitons, photos, and tips for his hike ...
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Blodgett Peak Hike Near Colorado Springs

Blodgett Peak requires a challenging 3.2 mile ascent through the passage of rocky canyon to the summit where hikers gain panoramic views of Pikes Peak, Rampart Reservoir, and the United States Air Force Academy. Located on the northwestern edge of Colorado Springs, Blodgett Peak is a local favorite for those looking for demanding workout or just to enjoy the 360 ...
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Brainard Lake CMC Cabin Hike

The CMC Cabin at Brainard Lake makes for a perfect winter snowshoe, a challenging ski in, or an easy Summer hike from the Gateway Trailhead. It's a 3-mile route in to the cabin to take in views of the beauty of Brainard Lake and surrounding snow-capped Rocky Mountains. This trail profile looks at two different 6-mile round-trip routes: a winter ...
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Wild Basin Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park

On the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park, south of Estes Park, is a lesser explored region called the Wild Basin. Aptly named because the hikes in the Wild Basin take you to multiple waterfalls, up to alpine lakes, snowfields, and hidden areas of RMNP few travelers see. We've hiked and profiled a number of trails in the Wild ...
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Mt. Cutler Hike in Colorado Springs

Mt. Cutler in Colorado Springs is an easy, 1-mile hike to the summit of a foothill peak that overlooks Seven Falls, the canyon system of Cheyenne Canyon, and offers panoramic views that make this hike a great option for visiting friends and family. Because it's just 2 miles out-and-back with less than 500 feet of elevation gain, this hike offers ...
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10 Best Hikes Near Boulder Colorado

Where are the best hiking trails close to Boulder? We've been hiking in and around Boulder, Colorado for years, profiling over 30 different trails. So, we decided to share here our favorite hikes near Boulder. These ten hikes will give you a variety of landscapes and experiences. You'll find dog friendly hikes, hikes to summits, and waterfalls. And we'll update ...
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Bergen Peak Hike Near Evergreen

The hike up Bergen Peak follows a challenging 4.6 mile trail in the Elk Meadows near Evergreen, Colorado. With both loop hike and out-and-back options, you'll take in views from Bergen's summit of the surrounding Colorado foothills, western mountains, and eastern plains. This makes a great adventure in the Fall to take in the changing colors of the aspen trees ...
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Mesa Trail to Bear Canyon Creek

The Mesa Trail south of Boulder, Colorado, rambles across wild open country at the base of the iconic Flatirons. Hike a 4.1 mile loop or an 8.4 mile out-and-back option through pine woods, verdant creek draws, and flowering meadows. Explore the full Mesa Trail profile for this southern segment of one of our favorite dog-friendly hikes near Denver. Trail Snapshot: ...
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10 Tips for Hiking Muddy Trails

During the Spring and Winter months the trails near Denver get pretty muddy. How do you hike when the trails are muddy? We've put together a list of ten tips to help you take care of both the trails and your boots during this messy season. 1. Prioritize Damage Control: Hiking muddy trails requires the mental shift from "I don't ...
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Fallen Timbers Loop Hike at Fox Run Park

The Fallen Timbers Loop is an easy, 2-mile hike near Colorado Springs with great views of Pikes Peak. It makes for a great family hike because of the shade of the ponderosa pines and the nearby playground at this hike in Fox Run Regional Park. Explore the full hike profile for trail map, driving directions, and tips. Trail Snapshot: Fallen ...
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Petrified Forest Hike at Florissant Fossil Beds

The Petrified Forest trail is an easy 1.5 mile loop hike just a 50 minute drive from Colorado Springs. This hike at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument takes you past the fossilized stumps of ancient sequoia trees, over rolling mountain meadows with views of snowcapped peaks, and is a great way to learn about the geology of Colorado while ...
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Ute Valley Park Loop in Colorado Springs

Ute Valley Park offers an easy 3-mile loop hike in the heart of northern Colorado Springs with views to snow-capped Pikes Peak. The trails make for a quick break from the city to trail run or walk the dog. Get the trail details, map, and driving directions in our full trail profile. Trail Snapshot: Ute Valley Park Hike Distance 2.5 ...
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Santa Fe Regional Trail in Palmer Lake

The Santa Fe Regional Trail begins in Palmer Lake, Colorado, about 1 hour South of Denver. It's an easy trail with 17 miles from Palmer Lake to Colorado Springs along the old path of the Santa Fe Railroad. Explore the full Santa Fe Regional Trail hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more tips and details to help ...
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Hayes Creek Falls Waterfall

Hayes Creek Falls is a 40' waterfall with multiple cascades located just off CO-133 along the Crystal River near Redstone, Colorado. Accessed via a roadside pull-off, Hays Creek Falls makes for a refreshing stop along the West Elk Scenic Loop, on of the most beautiful scenic drives in Colorado. Trail Snapshot: Hayes Creek Falls Hike Distance 0.1 miles Round Trip ...
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Holly Mandarich Colorado Adventure Photographer

Holly Mandarich grew up along the shores of Lake Michigan exploring wild places like the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. Those places inspired a love of storytelling. Early on, Holly began documenting her trips, finding new perspectives on life through the lens of her camera. In college, she honed her skills of photo journalism. When she moved to Colorado, Holly has ...
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