Sarah Banks produces, photographs and researches the photography in the print edition of 5280. In addition, she photographs and writes for 5280.com. A Hoosier native, Sarah received degrees in journalism, political science and fine art photography from Indiana University. She moved to Denver in the summer of 2014.
With high-elevation, technical terrain, even the most veteran runners find these routes challenging. If you’re not ready for that, use the following breathtaking loops as motivation to train, and train some more, until you are.
Boulder is a trail runner’s paradise, with gorgeous terrain and well-maintained paths that range from a forested loop that gains just 429 feet to a 13.8-mile route that takes you all the way from Chautauqua Park to Eldorado Canyon.
The National Forest Service and Boulder-based nonprofit Leave No Trace partnered for a comprehensive approach to save the visibly degraded Conundrum Hot Springs earlier this year. So far, their effort appears to be paying off.