Ready to get outside? Take a hike!

3, Easy year-round hiking trails near Denver

Hiking is an excellent way to leave the fast paced lifestyle of the city and rejuvenate yourself with nature. Luckily there are a few trails in the area that are open just for you and your family to get out and explore!

William Frederick Hayden Park at Green Mountain

Location: 1000 S. Rooney Road

Contact: 303-697-6159

Hours: 5 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

The trail at Green Mountain is a 6.5 mile hike. There you are able to take your family and pets along the way to see diverse wildlife and if you go later in the day the sunset. This hike provides a great workout with a summit that sits at 6,800 ft.

“This is a good trail to walk if you are looking for a challenge. It is an almost entirely uphill walk or run or bike to the top. Once you get to the top you are rewarded with a great view of Denver. It is also one of the few places that is open after dark. Night hikes are probably some of the best you could do.” – Wayne McDougle

Bear Creek Lake Park

Location: 15600 W. Morrison Road

Contact: 303-697-6159

Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily May-September, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily; March-April and October, 8 a.m.-6.p.m.; November-February

This is a great hike for the fall! You can admire Bear Creeks many trees and change in the foliage. There are multiple trails in this park some of which are open to bikes and horses. This is a great hike to go on early in the morning or evening to observe the gorgeous scenery.

“Awesome park. Tons of activities from fishing to boating to swimming and even archery! Very happy every time I come here” -Brady Jones

Dinosaur Ridge

Location: 16831 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison

Contact: 303-697-3466

This is a short hike and very open so make sure you go early in the day or in the evening. Perfect 1.5 mile hike with plenty of dinosaur tracks and fossils to observe.

“This is a wonderful local treasure that too few know about or utilize. I bought the family membership and we love it! The tour guides are knowledgeable professionals. Dino Dan today was very in the know about Geology and explained how there was something there to interest everyone. Old rocks, fossils, and plants. The scenery is amazing and it’s so close to the city. The learning center is hands on and interactive, and they can dig for and keep a fossil of their choice from the sand box and a volunteer will label and bag it. I found this local gem last year for museum week and took my youngest son and niece, they are 6 and loved it, my 10 year old loves it too. It’s definitely an all ages opportunity, I highly recommend it” -Heather Crane

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