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Trail among the red rocks near Denver

Top Picks: Easy Hiking and Mountain Biking near Denver

With such diversity of trails around Denver, easy adventures include everything from after-work jaunts to a 14er summit.

Mountain Biking, Hiking Easy, Moderate

Trail among the red rocks near Denver
Trail among the red rocks near Denver Photo: apasciuto


Set at the foot of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is close to an unbelievable wealth of adventures. Within an hour’s drive from the city, you can find everything from relaxed hikes in the foothills to committing treks in the alpine. There are so many to choose from, in fact, that narrowing down the choice of where to go can seem overwhelming... especially if you are worried about getting in over your head on a trail that might be too tough.

Luckily, there are plenty of easy yet rewarding hikes and rides—you just have to know where to go. Here’s a list of beginner and family-friendly adventures that offer a satisfying taste of the Front Range. On these trails, you’ll encounter mountain vistas, city skyline views, historic sites, flowing rivers, lush forests, rock formations, wildlife, wildflowers, and more. There’s even a 14,000-foot summit in the mix. Check them out and find the one that’s right for you.

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