Guidebook

Denver Day Trip: Top 7 Scenic Hikes

The best bang-for-your-buck hikes within day trip distance from the city.

Description

It is impossible to determine which are the most scenic hikes in the resplendent Rocky Mountains near Denver. There are simply too many miles of eye-popping trails. We can, however, identify some that offer incredible views for relatively little effort. If you don’t want the challenge of forging deep into the mountains, or if you are simply low on time, try one of these short, scenic hikes near the city. Each can be done as a day trip from Denver, and each one explores a stunning sample of the surrounding landscape.

Golden Cliffs Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Golden Cliffs Loop

Denver
0 - 1 hrs
2.8 km
189 m
176 m
Climb to the panoramic top of North Table Mountain near Golden.
Difficult
Private
Castle Trail and Turkey Trot Loop

Castle Trail and Turkey Trot Loop

Denver
1 - 2 hrs
5.3 km
249 m
249 m
Mountainside hike next to Red Rocks Park with wide-open views over the Amphitheater and downtown Denver.
Moderate
Private
St. Mary's Glacier
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

St. Mary's Glacier

1 - 2 hrs
3.3 km
252 m
252 m
Short but steep hike to a picture-perfect alpine lake and small glacier, with the option to hike on its year-round snow.
Difficult
Private
Lost Lake
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Lost Lake

1 - 2 hrs
6.6 km
275 m
275 m
Waterfalls, flowers, aspen trees, and an alpine lake—a colorful sample of Colorado in one simple day hike.
Difficult
Private
Mount Sanitas
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mount Sanitas

1 - 2 hrs
5.3 km
398 m
398 m
A quintessential Boulder hiking route.
Severe
Private
Devil's Head Lookout
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Devil's Head Lookout

1 - 2 hrs
4.4 km
251 m
252 m
Trail through aspen groves and giant boulders to a 360-degree panorama at a historic fire tower.
Moderate
Private
Mount Evans - West Ridge
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mount Evans - West Ridge

2 - 3 hrs
8.6 km
613 m
613 m
Take the trail instead of the road up one of Colorado's most accessible 14ers.
Severe
Private