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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Fall Hikes and Scenic Drive Ideas

"Where should I hike this Fall?" Friends text asking for Fall hike recommendations and coworkers stop me in the hallway to ask what trails are best for enjoying the colors of Colorado. During September and early October, we have a short window to see the golden yellows, bright oranges, and the fire reds of the changing aspens. In this post, ...
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Jasper Lake Hike in Indian Peaks

Jasper Lake requires a 5.5-mile (one-way) hike into the mountainous, wildflower-laden Indian Peaks Wilderness. Just 40 minutes outside of Boulder Colorado and about 1hr 15 minutes from Denver, the trail to Jasper Lake gets its start at the Hessie Trailhead. Travel an additional mile beyond Jasper to see Devils Thumb, a striking rock formation that looms above Devil's Thumb Lake ...
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Long Lake Loop in Indian Peaks

Long Lake offers an easy 1.5 mile loop hike in Indian Peaks Wilderness. Located about 1 hour West of Boulder, Colorado, Long Lake is an easy-to-access alpine lake with stunning scenery. It's a popular spot, especially in the Summer months, so be sure to read the details on access fees and the notes below on the Long Lake Trailhead. Explore ...
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Devils Thumb Lake

Devils Thumb Lake is located in Indian Peaks Wilderness north of Boulder Colorado and can be accessed via a 6.5-mile (one-way) steep and challenging hike. Wildflowers, alpine meadows, small waterfalls, and cascades all beckon those who have the stamina to explore these heights in the Front Range near Denver. Explore the full Devils Thumb Lake hike profile below for trail ...
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Lost Lake Hike Near Nederland

Lost Lake is an accessible 4-mile (approximate) hike to a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by the mountains of Indian Peaks. Just over one hour northwest of Denver, the trail up to lost lake takes you along the course of Middle Boulder creek, a slide waterfall, a set of tumbling cascades, and a variety of wildflowers that decorate the borders of ...
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Chief Mountain Hike

Chief Mountain is a 1.5-mile hike in the mountains just one hour outside of Denver, Colorado. The Chief Mountain trail travels through alpine forest, then breaks out into high-country tundra, eventually gaining panoramic views of surrounding mountains. Chief Mountain gives hikers an incredible vantage point to survey the changing colors of Fall spread out in 360 degrees below. Explore the ...
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Booth Creek Falls Hike Near Vail

Booth Creek Falls is a 60-foot waterfall located in the Eagles Nest Wilderness near Vail, Colorado. The journey to the waterfall requires a strenuous, 2-mile hike along the banks of Booth Creek. Explore the full Booth Creek Falls hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and tips and details to help you enjoy this adventure near Vail. Trail Snapshot: ...
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Shanahan Ridge Hike Near Boulder

The Shanahan Ridge Loop Hike is an easy, 4-mile lollipop-loop trail with stunning views of the Shanahan Ridge of the Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado. Explore the full Shanahan Ridge Loop hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more tips and details to help you enjoy this hike in Boulder. Trail Snapshot: Shanahan Ridge Loop Trail in Boulder, Colorado ...
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Tarryall Falls Near Jefferson, Colorado

The Tarryall Falls Trail is a short, 1/4 -mile hike across a small canyon to a waterfall that pours into Tarryall Creek. The slopes of snow-capped peaks along Boreas pass make for a majestic backdrop against the contrasting sage grasslands of surrounding South Park.Tarryall Falls draws its waters from the Tarryall Reservoir, a popular camping and fishing destination here in ...
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Ridgeline Open Space Hike

Ridgeline Open Space is nestled in the Meadows residential area of Castle Rock. This network of over 13 miles of trails winds through elevated grasslands and gamble oak with a backdrop of distant snow-capped peaks of the Front Range. Hike it or bike it for a quick escape from the work week. Explore the full Ridgeline Open Space hike profile ...
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