7 Best Hiking Trails in Denver!

Denver, Colorado is surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, making it an ideal destination for hiking enthusiasts. Here are some of the best hiking trails in and around Denver:

Mount Falcon Park: Located just outside of Denver, Mount Falcon Park offers a variety of trails suitable for hikers of all skill levels. The Castle Trail is a popular option, leading to the ruins of John Brisben Walker's former summer home and providing panoramic views of Denver.

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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre:  Famous for its iconic amphitheater, Red Rocks Park also offers a network of hiking trails that wind through unique rock formations. The Trading Post Trail is a moderate loop that provides breathtaking vistas of the surrounding red sandstone formations.

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Chautauqua Park:  Situated in nearby Boulder, Chautauqua Park offers numerous hiking trails at the base of the Flatirons. The Royal Arch Trail is a challenging but rewarding hike, leading to a stunning natural rock arch with beautiful views of Boulder.

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Bear Creek Trail at Lair o' the Bear Park:  This scenic trail is located about 30 minutes west of Denver. The gentle trail follows Bear Creek and offers shade, picnic spots, and beautiful views of the surrounding forest.

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Mount Evans:  For a more challenging hiking experience, head to Mount Evans, one of Colorado's famous fourteeners (mountains above 14,000 feet). The Mount Evans Summit Trail is a strenuous hike that rewards you with breathtaking views from the summit, but be prepared for changing weather conditions at high altitude.

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Roxborough State Park:  Situated southwest of Denver, Roxborough State Park features unique red rock formations and diverse wildlife. The Fountain Valley Trail is a relatively easy loop that showcases the park's beauty.

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St. Mary's Glacier:  This trail is located near Idaho Springs, about an hour west of Denver. It's a popular spot for hiking and snowshoeing year-round. The trail leads to a stunning alpine lake and a permanent snowfield, offering beautiful mountain views.

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