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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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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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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Mt. Sniktau Hike at Loveland Pass

Mt. Sniktau may be the most accessible and breathtaking summit hike near Denver. This 4-miles, moderate hike up to Sniktau travels across high country tundra along ridgelines with views of Grays and Torrey peaks and views of the Gore Range of mountains in the north. Considered a year-round hike this trail is popular with hikers wanting to get in shape ...
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Open and Closed Hiking Trails

Here you'll find a list of the nearly 200 hikes on Dayhikes Near Denver with information on what trails and parks are closed and how to get updated information about when they will open. Those without closure information were considered open as of Saturday, May 23rd 2020. However, any of these parks and trails can be closed at any moment ...
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Chautauqua Park Hikes in Boulder

Chautauqua Park in Boulder Colorado is the Trailhead for 40 miles of hiking trails, including hikes into the Flatirons, paths through canyons, and trails to summits with views to the Rocky Mountains in the west. Explore all of these iconic hikes located right in the city of Boulder. Chautauqua Park Trails Snapshot Hike Distance 40 Miles of Trails Difficulty Easy ...
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COVID-19 Denver Area Trail Closures

Because our Colorado trails are served by a variety of agencies, Dayhikes Near Denver is not able to update closure information for every trail. The best way to check these closures is directly on the websites of those agencies (listed below). Please adhere to social distancing requirements, local quarantine requirements, and the limitations put in place by the specific agencies ...
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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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