What are the best hikes for kids near Denver, Colorado? If you have a young family like us, it can be challenging to find great hiking trails for both you and your kids. You need hiking trails that are easy, not too long, but offer opportunities for your kids to play and explore the beauty of Colorado. If you are taking a vacation to Colorado and looking for activities to do with your kids, this set of trails will be perfect. Be sure to download our Free Hiking Guide to help you prepare and pack smart for your dayhikes.

As I put this set of trail profiles together, I used the following criteria.

  • They would be hikes that even young children (3-5) could enjoy. Our girls are 3 and 5, so this is based on first hand experience taking our kids hiking in Colorado.
  • These hiking trails have variety: castle ruins, streams, rocks, and some shade when you need it.
  • These family hikes would be closer to Denver. Time in the car can wear everyone out (sometimes more than the hike), so we’ve tried to keep these close.

Our Top 7 Hikes With Kids Near Denver Colorado

Clear Creek Trail in Downtown Golden

  • Clear Creek Trail in Downtown Golden

  • Distance: 1.8 miles Round Trip
    Drive Time from Denver: 30 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy
    The Clear Creek Trail in Golden, Colorado is one kid-friendly hike! It has shade, the kids bike through it, and you can end the hike with a walk through downtown. When you have your kiddos with you, mornings can be hard to pass through the foothills and into the mountains but this one is easy to manage. It might not technically be called a “hike” though since it runs through the Golden commercial area.

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    Lookout Mountain Hiking Trails

  • Lookout Mountain Hiking Trails

  • Distance: .6 & .8 Mile Loops
    Drive Time from Denver: 30 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy
    These hiking trails from Lookout Mountain Nature Center may be the perfect trails for families. These are ideal if you’ve just gotten started hiking with your kids near Denver, Colorado. The Nature Center at Lookout Mountain is itself very awesome and you are guaranteed a good experience. If you want to see wildlife but need to say near to Denver, then this is the a great trail. Take a picnic lunch, just watch out for the squirrels; they’ll run of with your dessert if you don’t watch them closely.

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    Bear Creek Trail at Lair o’ the Bear Park

  • Bear Creek Trail at Lair o’ the Bear Park

  • Distance: 1.7 miles Round Trip
    Drive Time from Denver: 30 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy
    This is probably our favorite family hike near Denver because of the variety. It has open and shady areas along the trail, great picnic areas, and Bear Creek. Just keep an eye out for mountain bikes flying by on the wider trails. At Lair o’ the Bear Park you’ll find great hike options with the cool waters of Bear Creek nearby, open and shaded parts, and a great parking.

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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
    How cool are castle ruins! This one also works if you are taking a stroller. There is also a fire tower at Mt. Falcon that gives you incredible views of Denver, of the Red Rocks, and of the mountains. These are just some of the highlights of the Mount Falcon Trail. The trailhead is located in on the foothills just about a 40-minute from Denver.

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    Evergreen Lake Trail

  • Evergreen Lake Trail

  • Distance: 1.3-mile Loop
    Drive Time from Denver: 40 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy
    Ever Green Trail is just a fun place for your kids to play in and explore. There are places to fish and rent boats as well. Bring a picnic and make a day of it in Evergreen. This Colorado hike or stroll is a relaxing way to spend your Saturday mornings. During winter, the Evergreen Lake transforms into an ice skating wonderland so you better be prepared for that and include that in your itinerary.

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    Raccoon Loop Hike in Golden Gate Canyon State Park

  • Raccoon Loop Hike in Golden Gate Canyon State Park

  • Distance: 2.5-mile Loop
    Drive Time from Denver: 1 Hour
    Difficulty: Easy
    The kids love this 2.5-mile loop Raccoon Loop Hike in Golden Gate Canyon State Park! The panoramic views of the snowcapped peaks are just spectacular from the Panorama Point viewing area. There are a lot of aspen meadows, shade, wildflowers and trickling brooks along this trail. The drive from Golden to the park may be curvy so just watch out for cyclists.

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    Pine Valley Ranch Park Hike

  • Pine Valley Ranch Park Hike

Distance: 1.2 to 3.2 miles Round Trip
Drive Time from Denver: 1 Hour
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Pine Valley Ranch Park has become one of the best family-favorite parks near Denver. There are a lot of options to pick from the several hikes here. The park has it all: a beautiful lake, a rich history, a small island with a gazebo, and perhaps the best picnic area on the Front Range of Colorado.

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Echo Lake Trail Near Mt. Evans

Echo Lake Trail Near Mt. Evans

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Elk Meadow Park – South Loop

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Fountain Valley Trail at Roxborough State Park

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Georgetown Railroad Hike & Train Ride

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After the hike, I asked our 7 year-old daughter what she thought of it. Her reply said it all, “Dad, it was awesome!” Here favorite parts were the fairy pond, a small, moss-rimmed pool probably created by miners long ago to hold drinking water, and the gleaming minerals in the rocks she picked up along the trail. I enjoyed the ...
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Hiking Davis Ponds Hike at Staunton State Park

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Monarch Lake Loop Hike

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Map of Best Hikes For Kids Near Denver Colorado