Why we love it: Easy-to-follow trails with bird's-eye views of the sparkling Horsetooth Reservoir and the surrounding foothills.
When to go: Any time of year, although you may want to avoid the midday heat during the summer.
This 3.8-mile loop explores the northern section of Lory...
July 21 2015, 11:15 AM
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
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
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
First, let's get this straight: My husband and I are not horse people.
My husband, Kevin, is allergic and I've always had a fear of the giant, beautiful, four-legged creatures. So needless to say, I was surprised to find us both charging, horseback, up a steep snowy trail at C Lazy U...
February 12 2015, 1:30 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 Terri Cook
Why we love it: Choices, choices—enjoy the climb up the hogback and return to your car, or continue onward through adjacent open space for a challenging long-distance route.
When to go: Any time you want a good workout with amazing views.
The only route into the City of Fort Collins’...
January 21 2015, 2:15 PM
Why we love it: Peaceful meadows, expansive views and abundant wildlife–with a taste of red rock country thrown in.
When to go: Any time of year—this gentle loop is great for snowshoeing, as well as hiking.
The 4-mile Valley Loop Trail explores the northeastern corner of the City of...
January 6 2015, 2:00 PM