The Hiking Trail Hiding In Denver That Will Transport You To Another World

Everyone knows that Denver is close to some of the best hiking in the country… but did you know that in some cases, you don’t even have to leave the city to get your hike on? Don’t waste your time driving to and from a trail on the other side of the state; just visit this Denver-area hiking trail that is guaranteed to transport you to another world:

Nestled away within Boulder’s Chautauqua Park lies the scenic Royal Arch Trail; a 3 1/2-mile loop that offers a butt-busting walk, lush meadows, and out-of-this-world views of the city below. Running through the serene Bluebell Canyon, the Royal Arch Trail is somewhat strenuous (thanks to the numerous hills and elevation gain of 1,400 feet), but oh-so worth it just to get a glimpse of both the native wildlife and of beautiful Boulder (and beyond). Why is the trail called Royal Arch? (We thought you’d never ask!) This Boulder-area gem is not only home to views and wildlife, but also a jaw-dropping, 20-foot-tall sandstone rock formation that is estimated to have been created during an ancestral Rocky Mountain uplift some 300 million years ago! (This picture doesn’t do it justice, folks; you really have to experience this for yourself.)

Have you hiked this out-of-this-world trail? Keep the fun going by taking one of these 7 Picnic Perfect Denver Hikes That Will Make Your Spring Complete!