Great Hiking Near Denver
The Denver area is known for its gorgeous hikes.
Whether you want views of mountains, lakes, flowers or waterfalls, Colorado will not disappoint. Hiking near Denver is an ideal activity to do with the whole family or for the active business person looking for a Colorado outdoors experience.
Near by Wildlife Conservation & State Park
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
Just 10 miles northeast of downtown Denver is the 15,000 acre Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge . Step into nature and experience native wildlife that still calls this refuge home. You might see Bison, deer, raptors, songbirds, waterfowl, prairie dogs and more… Choose from 22 trails, scenic viewpoints, exhibits, driving tours, Amphitheaters and more.
Cherry Creek State Park
Southeast of Denver lies Cherry Creek State park. A 4,200 acre park that includes an 850 acre reservoir. This park is a recreation paradise. Activities allowed include: an extensive trail system open to hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. Camping, picnicking, shooting sports, model airfield, and off leash area for dogs. Boating, fishing, nature studies, facilities for disabled people and more…
Hiking Near Denver, Parks within a few miles of Denver
Washington Park Loop
A few miles southeast of downtown Denver is 2.3 mile Washington Park Loop. Gentle rolling terrain around two scenic Lakes with a mix of paved and natural trail. A popular area for biking, running, walking, rollerblading and more. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
Ferril Lake Loop
A few miles northeast of downtown Denver is 1.2 mile Ferril Lake Loop. Gentle rolling terrain around scenic Ferril Lake is a popular area for hiking, trail running, and walking. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
City Park Perimeter Loop
The City Park Perimeter Loop 3.8 mile loop is the extended Ferril Lake Loop. In addition to being lakeside, this trail extends around the perimeter of the park passing by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science among other scenic areas.
Cheesman Park Inner Loop
Cheesman Park Inner Loop, is a lovely .9 mile loop near downtown Denver that includes well manicured trails and urban sights such as the Cheesman Park Pavilion. A popular trail for road biking, trail running, walking and offers a peaceful escape. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
Cheesman Park Outer Loop
The Cheesman Park Outer Loop is twice as long at 1.8 miles and offers more of the same type of well manicured trails, flower gardens and canopy. Popular with hiking, trail running, and walking. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
Get a lightweight backpack to carry essentials: water, food, a backup charger for your smartphone, a blanket and a flashlight. Protect yourself and your children from the elements with sunscreen and insect repellant. If you will be in an area that may have bears, keep a can of bear spray handy.
Dress in layers. Nothing makes hikers, especially children new to the hobby, quite as cranky as being too cold or too hot. Hiking shoes are ideal but they are not always necessary. Any shoes with good tread and decent cushion will do for most trails. Prevent blisters by bringing an extra pair of socks in case yours get wet. Keep an extra pair of shoes in the car to change into after the hike. Hot days, steep climbs and stream crossings take their toll on your feet; you will appreciate the relief a change of footwear can provide.
Kid-Friendly Hikes Bucket List
Here are a few suggestions for easy to moderate hikes that the whole family can enjoy together! These are able to be done in not much time and have great picnic areas nearby to make a day trip out of the experience! Check out a few of these soon.
- Bear Creek Trail in Lair O’ the Bear Park
- Mount Falcon- Tower and Castle Hike (stroller friendly)
- Pine Valley Ranch Park Hike
- Sloan’s Lake Loop
- Cherry Creek Trail
by Kathleen Fitzsimmons