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Hikes We Like

5 Urban Stretches

Escaping Denver’s concrete jungle doesn’t require a drive all the way into the foothills. Explore these five city trails for a quick connection to the outdoors.

Catamount Trail

Hike We Like: Catamount Trail

Just outside of Manitou Springs, this eight-mile (round-trip) route takes you through forests and past waterfalls to a scenic reservoir.

Hike We Like: East Spanish Peak

Once a landmark for passing wagon trains, East Spanish Peak is now a superb excursion for modern-day adventurers.

Hike We Like: Mt. Shavano

The famed Angel of Shavano watches over this rewarding route up Colorado’s 17th-highest summit.

Hike We Like: Arapaho Pass Trail

This moderately-strenuous hike in the Indian Peaks Wilderness boasts some of Colorado’s best wildflower displays.

10 Dog-Friendly Hikes Near Denver

Here are some of our favorite Fido-friendly Front Range trails—all less than (or about) an hour’s drive from Denver.

Lion Gulch

Hike We Like: Lion Gulch Trail

Take a stroll through yesteryear along this peaceful hike near Estes Park, which ends in a lush meadow dotted with the ruins of historic homesteads.

Snowshoe Hike We Like: Peaks Trail

This challenging trek connects the towns of Frisco and Breckenridge with a scenic trail through the White River National Forest.

Hike We Like: Zapata Falls

Discover a waterfall hidden in the belly of a mountain at this enchanting year-round hike near Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Hike We Like: First Creek Trail Near DIA

Despite its proximity to the noisy interstate and the ever-busy DIA, First Creek is a reprieve from the hustle-and-bustle—and a perfect layover for weary travelers and suburbanites alike.

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