Like to hike, but not sure where to go?
Denver is one of the most popular places to live because of it's amazing culture, the friendly people and of course, the fact that it is so close to the mountains. Whether you are looking for a day trip or a steep challenge, the options are plenty! You can take in amazing views, breathing deeply that wonderful Colorado air, and enjoy family and friends. Here are several great hiking spots for beginners, and a couple of more challenging places once you've gotten your feet wet...literally.
For a day hike/beginners hike consider:
Red Rocks Park http://dayhikesneardenver.com/hikes-with-red-rock-formations-near-denver/
There are several trail heads that you can choose from, and most only take an hour or so....this area would be great for beginners and families with small children.
Another great place for beginners:
Roxborough Park http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Roxborough
Want a little bit more of a challenge? Try a couple of these trails at Rocky Mountain National Park:
Bridal Veil Falls: A twenty foot waterfall hidden away in the northern reaches of Rocky Mountain National Park, Bridal Veil Falls makes for a great destination hike. Keep your eyes out for Elk in the meadows along this hiking trail.
Chaos Canyon Cascades: This hike is formed as Chaos Creek tumbles through the forest below Lake Haiyaha. This 4.2 mile round trip hike is on the east side of RMNP to one of the lesser visited cascade waterfalls in the park. Explore the full Chaos Canyon Cascades hike profile ...
Finally, for the experienced hiker: Considering climbing one of our "14ers?" such as Longs Peak, Mt. Bierstadt, or Mt. Elbert? Check out this great article from Denver's Own 5280 magazine for information and helpful tips.
Have fun, be safe (lots of water and sunblock) and enjoy our fresh mountain air! I'd love to hear where your favorite hiking spots are! Tell us where they are, how difficult they are, and what you love most.