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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