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
—Photo by Allen Krughoff
British travel writer Alastair Humphreys has cycled around the world, rowed across the Atlantic, and trekked 1,000 miles through the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula. But his latest book, Microadventures: Local Discoveries, Great Escapes, celebrates exploration and adventure closer to his...
Why we love it: Sweeping foothills vistas along an easy-to-follow loop with an abundance of wildlife.
When to go: Late spring through early winter, after the weather has been dry for a couple of weeks.
Nestled at the transition between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, Boulder...
March 3 2015, 1:00 PM
Boulder's spectacular backdrop from the Flatirons Vista North Trail.
Why we love it: This loop’s gentle gradient lets you focus on the eye-popping views of Boulder’s spectacular backdrop.
When to go: Whenever you feel like an open, sunny trail with grand vistas—or a mellow start to a much longer hike, run, or ride.
This flat 3.5-mile loop...
February 17 2015, 10:15 AM
Shun the traffic on I-70 and tackle the Frisco to Vail thru hike. Image courtesy of ProTrails.com. To see pictures of all the hikes listed here, visit ProTrails.com.
Don’t be fooled: These unseasonably warm February temperatures aren’t going to last. And even though we’ve spotted hints of spring (a blooming crocus!), we won’t be able to tackle our favorite summertime hikes until the days get much longer.
That can’t stop us from daydreaming though, which is...
February 11 2015, 1:45 PM
Why we love it: Stunning views of downtown Denver from South Table Mountain’s precipitous eastern edge, with some fascinating geology along the way.
When to go: An hour before sunrise, to watch dawn’s first light shine on the city—and the Front Range.
The nearly 2.5-mile-long...
February 3 2015, 5:30 PM
—Photo by Erin Skarda
Like most Coloradans, we've been taking advantage of the 70-plus-degree weather this week by hitting the trails. From the top of North Table Mountain in Golden, hikers and mountain bikers can enjoy sweeping views of rolling meadows, with the Denver skyline looming in the distance. To read more...
January 29 2015, 9:56 AM