Denver Day Trip: Top 7 Scenic Hikes

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

Jesse Weber

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The trees grow right out of the rock.

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Expansive views of the city of Boulder from the summit.

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The trail is almost all rock.

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There are some steep pitches where the trail is worn into the solid rock.

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Beware the loose rock and steep climbs.

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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.

Adventures

St. Mary's Glacier

Short but steep hike to a picture-perfect alpine lake and small glacier, with the option to hike on its year-round snow.

Lost Lake

Waterfalls, flowers, aspen trees, and an alpine lake—a colorful sample of Colorado in one simple day hike.

Devil's Head Lookout

Trail through aspen groves and giant boulders to a 360-degree panorama at a historic fire tower.