Sunrise at Betasso Preserve, located just 5 miles west of downtown Boulder.
Why we love it: Serene forest, singing birds, and gentle terrain—all just a few miles west of Boulder.
When to go: The foothills are always great in summer, when the forest provides welcome shade. The best days to hike this trail are Wednesdays and Saturdays, when the trail is closed...
August 18 2015, 12:00 PM
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
This gentle trail is perfect for families or anyone seeking solitude.
Why we love it: You’re likely to have this easy, out-and-back stroll in the heart of Roosevelt National Forest all to yourself.
When to go: Late spring, when the wildflowers are blooming, through early fall, when the vibrant stands of aspen turn gold.
This 3-to-5-mile roundtrip route...
June 16 2015, 9:45 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
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
Denali, an endangered Grevy’s zebra, was born at the Denver Zoo on New Years Day. —Courtesy of the Denver Zoo
From spotting owls and sniffing wildflowers to searching for hidden elves, here are some fun-filled ways to enjoy springtime in Colorado as a family.
Spot a Great Horned Owl | Bluff Lake Nature Center
The mile-long loop around Bluff Lake is a great place to search for wildlife, including the...
April 27 2015, 3:00 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