Why we love it: An alpine summit hike with forever views, but requiring less commitment than a fourteener.
When to go: Late spring through early fall, before the snow really begins to fly.
This moderate hike on the eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park has the look and feel of...
June 2 2015, 12:45 PM
A license-plate covered wall in Telluride
This statement is not based on scientific research, but Telluride just might be Colorado’s favorite getaway town. I say this because every time I play the “if you could take one trip in Colorado this year, where would it be?” game, Telluride always wins the popularity contest. Given that, you might...
May 20 2015, 11:00 AM
A bench with amazing views perfectly poised at the top of the last climb on the Walker Ranch Loop.
Why we love it: This quintessential foothills loop features gorgeous granite scenery, refreshing stretches along a gurgling creek, and even a glimpse of snowy high peaks.
When to go: Mid-spring through late fall is the ideal time to enjoy this loop.
This 7.6-mile loop explores the...
May 19 2015, 4:00 PM
The view of North Table Mountain from the Belcher Hill Trail.
Why we love it: Easy access, varied terrain, and tremendous views down to the plains make this loop a perennial favorite.
When to go: Early or late in the day to avoid the crowds.
This 6.5-mile-long "lollipop" loop explores the southeastern part of White Ranch Park, part of the...
May 5 2015, 12:45 PM
—Courtesy of Visit Golden
It may be mud season in the high country, but in the foothills of Golden, the trails are primed for the influx of hikers, bikers, climbers, and horseback riders who flock to the area in the spring. While only a short 25-minute drive from Denver, a visit to Golden is a necessary escape from city...
April 22 2015, 3:01 PM
Why we love it: A unique weekend alternating-use schedule allows hikers and bikers to enjoy this loop’s panoramic views into Clear Creek Canyon and peaceful stretches of backcountry without bumping into one another.
When to go: Spring through autumn, when the shadier sections are clear of...
April 21 2015, 11:00 AM
One leg of the Bent Rock Trail explores this beautiful canyon.
Why we love it: Seclusion, sandstone scenery, and abundant wildlife in one of the Front Range’s most remote open space parcels.
When to go: Spring or fall, when temperatures are moderate. The area is open March 1 through the end of November.
This relatively flat, 5.5-mile loop...
April 7 2015, 12:45 PM
Why we love it: A steady, well-graded climb of intermediate length that leads you past spectacular scenery and peaceful pines, and ends at a small waterfall.
When to go: Any time of year with Yaktrax, or mid-spring through late fall without.
The 7-mile, out-and-back...
March 17 2015, 10:10 AM