Denver March 15, 2018
5 Totally Kid-Friendly Hikes Around Denver That Are 1 Mile And Under
If your hiking companions happen to be kids, you probably know from experience that getting outside and exploring nature with little ones who are so full of curiosity and wonder can be really awesome. But, you are probably also aware that little legs tire quickly and sometimes attention spans run short. So, if the mountains are calling, try these 5 short and sweet hikes near Denver that promise wonderful outdoor adventures that the entire family can enjoy.
1. Lair o' the Bear Park - Castor Cut-off Trail
This popular park just outside of Morrison offers hiker-only trails that even the tiniest of hikers can enjoy. The Castor Cut-off Trail is a .7 mile loop where little outdoor enthusiasts may get a bit muddy as they make their way along the creek side trail that includes bridges to cross and encounters with small creatures. Your little ones will relish in this time outdoors as you get to soak in the beautiful surroundings of this wonderful hiking area found about 30 minutes from Denver.
2. Bear Lake Nature Trail
Bear Lake is a popular destination within Rocky Mountain National Park for obvious reasons (see photo above). Kids and adults alike will love this .7 mile loop trail around this gorgeous lake where you will not only take in beautiful vistas, but there's a good chance you will spot some interesting wildlife as well.
3. Lookout Mountain - Meadow Loop Trail
This .8 mile loop trail takes little hikers on a wonderful walk that offers spectacular views. Follow up your hike with a visit to the Nature Center where you will have fun exploring and learning more about the animals you may have seen on the Meadow Loop Trail.
4. Genesse Park - Braille Trail
This one mile loop was originally a trail for the blind and is flanked by a guidline as it winds down into a forest. Your littlest explorers will love this tree-covered hike that is definitely do-able for even the littlest nature lover in your life.
5. Alerfer 3 Sisters Park - Wild Iris Loop
This .7 mile flat prairie loop will allow you and your little ones to encounter an abundance of wildlife and beautiful wildflowers along the way. This stunning setting is found in the foothills near Evergreen.
Do you have a favorite trail to hike with little ones? Please share in the comment section below.
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