Denver, CO Trails and Parks

Denver has 178 trails in the vicinity, including 74 hiking trails and 52 for walking. These trails range from 0 to 88 miles in length. The most popular trails are Apex Trail/Enchanted Forest Trail, Silver Dollar and Murray Lakes Trail and Deer Creek Canyon–Evergreen Challenge. Trails.com member Frankie H. recently completed Castlewood Canyon State Park.
  • Castlewood Canyon State ParkView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Walking  
    •  3 hours
    •  2.04 miles
    •  Guide

    With 19 inches of rainfall annually, the park harbors groves of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir on north-facing slopes. Quaking aspens, growing ...

  • Apex Trail/Enchanted Forest TrailView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Hiking  
    •  4 hours
    •  4.7 miles
    •  Guide

    It’s steep. It’s close to the metro area. Bikers love it on weekends. Yet it has a tumbling creek and an enchanting and shady side trail your ...

  • Deer Creek Canyon–Evergreen ChallengeView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Road Biking  
    •  43 miles
    •  Guide

    This satisfying chunk of a ride proves that you don’t have to go to Boulder to find nice canyons to conquer. Southwest of Denver, Deer Creek ...

  • Waterton CanyonView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Hiking  
    •  1 hour, 30 minutes
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    This immensely popular route follows the South Platte River as it winds west into the mountains. Waterton Canyon serves as trailhead for the ...

  • Big South Suburban Bike Path CruiseView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Road Biking  
    •  54.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This ride takes you on a good-sized tour of south suburban Denver, primarily on fully separated multiuse paths (MUPs). Terrain: False flats and ...

  • Dakota Ridge and Matthews / Winters Park LoopView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Technical singletrack on Dakota Ridge; frequent dips and fast singletrack on Matthews/Winters section. Tread: 0.5 mile on paved road, 1.1 miles ...

  • South Deer Creek Canyon ChallengeView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Road Biking  
    •  33.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A Front Range classic in a small package, this loop into the first stand of mountains southwest of Denver is strenuous, popular, and gorgeous. ...

  • Bear Creek–Morrison Half-Century CruiseView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Road Biking  
    •  48.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This moderate half century departs from downtown Denver and reaches to the geologically spectacular foothills around Morrison and the Red Rocks ...

  • Dunraven Trail/North Fork of Big Thompson River TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Hiking  
    •  6 hours
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Dunraven trailhead is about 3 miles from the national park boundary. The well-marked trail follows the stream and makes half a dozen stream ...

  • Woods Mountain and Mount Machebeuf TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Hiking  
    •  7 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike offers solitude for you since most hikers favor the Herman Lake Trail and also plenty of soft tundra to keep your dog’s paws unchafed. ...

  • A Circle Around Chatfield ReservoirView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Road Biking  
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    Your pulse might not quicken at the prospect of flinging a catamaran across a former short-grass prairie. You might view the region's water projects ...

  • Colorado Mines Peak and Blue Lake TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Hiking  
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Berthoud Pass, elevation 11,300 feet, was discovered in 1861, relatively late in the mapping and exploration of these mountains. The man who ...

  • Waterton WayfarerView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Road Biking  
    •  6.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Waterton Canyon provides access to one of the state's toughest rides: the 470-mile Colorado Trail, which crosses the Continental Divide numerous ...

  • Cherry Creek Reservoir RambleView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Road Biking  
    •  33.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The Cherry Creek bike path is the eighth wonder of the world. Use it to roll all the way from deep, dark downtown to Cherry Creek State Park ...

  • Roxborough State ParkView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Walking  
    •  2 hours
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Stunning Roxborough State Park is one of the crown jewels of Colorado’s state park system. The 3,245-acre parkland, nestled against the Front ...

  • Sand Creek Greenway TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Hiking  
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a 13-mile greenbelt that connects the High Line Canal in Aurora at Tower Road and Colfax Avenue with the ...

  • Watrous Gulch TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Hiking  
    •  4 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Watrous Gulch is also under leash restrictions, but it is far less popular than the Herman Lake Trail, although it has features that you and ...

  • South Valley Park TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Hiking  
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Just southwest of Denver lays another treasure maintained by Jefferson County Open Space. South Valley Park offers 909 acres of preserved and ...

  • Mount FalconView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    •  1-2 hours
    •  8.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This run provides a strenuous workout that is used by many local runners as a training ground for bigger adventures in the high mountains. From ...

  • Denver–Golden CruiseView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Road Biking  
    •  12.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Find your way from Confluence Park in lower downtown Denver to the town of Golden, 12 miles west. This route uses accommodating cycling roads ...

  • Morrison MUP CruiseView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Road Biking  
    •  34.9 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a unique southwest Denver metro loop starting from Morrison, ridden almost entirely on fully separated multiuse paths (MUPs). This loop ...

  • Meadowlark / PlymouthView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Hiking  
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Deer Creek Canyon Park is another of Jefferson County Open Space’s fine foothill parks. Conveniently close for Denver metro visitors, it offers ...

  • Owl Perch / Lodge Pole LoopView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    • Hiking  
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Located on the north-facing slope of a beautiful meadowed valley, Meyer Ranch Park is just 30 minutes west of metro Denver. Once a working ranch ...

  • Cherry Creek State Park LoopView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    •  1-1.5 hours
    •  8.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop run can be done either clockwise or counterclockwise; the counterclockwise direction is described here. Encircling the entire Cherry ...

  • South Valley LoopView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Denver, CO

    •  30-60 minutes
    •  3.9 miles
    •  Guide

    This fun and fast loop rolls through open meadows and alongside amazing red rock formations. Deer, coyotes, and birds of prey are common sights ...