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Must Do Hikes in the Denver Metro Area

Colorado has long been known as a hiker’s paradise. The state’s greatest treasures are the epic Rocky Mountains that practically engulf the entirety of it! There is almost no end to the number of trails and backcountry treks in this part of the world, and most, if not all of them, are worthy of your attention. Check out the list below to find your next weekend adventure around the Denver Metro area!

Trading Post Trail at Red Rocks - Morrison

  • Red Rocks Park is home of the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater and some great hiking trails. The Trading Post Trail at Red Rocks is a 1.4 mile loop surrounded by red rock formations. While this is a short and easy hike, the shaded sections can get icy in the winter, so be sure to mind the trail.

Waterton Canyon - Littleton/Roxborough Park

  • This is a classic Denver Hike that follows a winding dirt road 6.2 miles up to the Strontia Springs Dam. There are picnic spots all along the way and a lot of wildlife to be seen. Unlike many of the trailheads in the Denver area, Waterton has ample parking.

Castlewood Canyon - Castle Rock

  • This state park is tucked away in the rolling grasslands just east of Castle Rock. Cherry Creek flows through the center of the canyon creating a small waterfall that can be found on the West side of the park. Explore the ruins of an old dam on the East side, and the ruins of a turn of the century homestead on the West side.

White Ranch Loop - Golden

  • This is a 2 mile loop hike just 45 minutes outside the city near Golden. Because this hike is situated in the eastern climbs of the foothills, it provides incredible views of the city of Denver–especially at dusk and dawn.


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