Guidebook

Hikes for the Whole Family near Denver

Take the kids, the dogs, and the relatives on these quality trails near the city.

Description

Denver has no shortage of hiking trails in state parks and open spaces near the city. Not all of them are family-friendly, though. If you’re pushing a stroller, carrying a baby, or have little ones running on ahead, you want a trail that’s a decent workout but not too committing. The same goes if you have family visiting from elsewhere who aren’t accustomed to the altitude. You also want a trail that won’t be too busy with high-speed mountain bikers. Ideally, you’ll find peaceful places with an abundance of nature and scenery for the kids and relatives to explore and get them excited about the outdoors of Colorado.

Considering all those criteria, these trails are some of the best, and they’re all within easy day-trip distance from the metro area. The list includes nature loops with informative signs, good chances at spotting wildlife, abundant colors thanks to summer flowers and fall leaves, spots to splash in the creek, shady picnic areas, and mountain vistas. They’ll make you want to visit again, and will inspire your family to get outside more.

Forest and Meadow Loop
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Forest and Meadow Loop

0 - 1 hrs
2.0 km
40 m
40 m
Pleasant nature loop with interpretive signs.
Easy
Private
Cherry Creek Wetland Loop
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Cherry Creek Wetland Loop

Denver
0 - 1 hrs
2.7 km
5 m
5 m
Pleasant stroll among nature and wildlife that's very close to the city
Easy
Private
Grant Terry Trail
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Grant Terry Trail

0 - 1 hrs
3.0 km
25 m
25 m
Shady stroll along the creek—great for cooling off on a hot day.
Easy
Private
Trading Post Trail at Red Rocks
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Trading Post Trail at Red Rocks

Denver
0 - 1 hrs
2.4 km
111 m
106 m
Explore more of the nature and geology that surrounds Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Easy
Private
Castle Trail West to Mount Falcon Tower Loop
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Castle Trail West to Mount Falcon Tower Loop

0 - 1 hrs
3.9 km
120 m
121 m
Find the views atop Mount Falcon and a historic "Castle" in the hills above Denver.
Moderate
Private
Bruin Bluff Loop
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Bruin Bluff Loop

0 - 1 hrs
2.7 km
62 m
62 m
Enjoy mountain views, creekside shade, and peaceful picnic spots on this family-friendly stroll.
Moderate
Private
Panorama Point Trail
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Panorama Point Trail

1 - 2 hrs
4.5 km
199 m
186 m
Hiker-only trail to an overlook of the Rocky Mountains at a bouldery outcrop.
Moderate
Private