Denver June 29, 2017
If There Are Only 5 Hikes You Ever Do In Denver, Make Them These
We know that when you live in Denver, you have your pick of where to hike… but with so many amazing options, how does one decide? To make this somewhat daunting decision a bit easier, we here at Only in Denver decided to make a list of our 5 must-take Denver-area hikes, which include:
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
St. Mary’s Glacier (Idaho Springs)
Quite possibly one of the most enchanting of hikes near Denver is that of St. Mary's Glacier; a short and sweet three-quarters of a mile hike that will make you feel like you're a million miles away from the ordinary! During your trek, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the trail's surrounding prehistoric-looking trees, waterfalls, and lush meadows.
Roxborough State Park (Littleton)
You know all there is to know about the colorful Red Rocks and dramatic Garden of the Gods, but did you know that Littleton is home to the stunning 3,339-acre Roxborough State Park? If you have never been, make time this weekend to walk around this fascinating National Natural Landmark and see these 300-million-year old rock formations for yourself.
Herman Gulch (Dillon)
It is wildflower season here in Colorado and there is no better place to experience this colorful and fragrant goodness than by hiking around Herman Gulch! In addition to *just* the flowers, Herman Gulch features several unforgettable features like a crystal clear lake, lush valleys, and an elevation gain of nearly 2,000 feet.
Mills Lake Trail (Estes Park)
Nestled within Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park (less than 2 hours from the heart of Denver) lies the incredible Mills Lake Trail; an out-of-this-world 5.3 miles that is considered to be one of the most beautiful hikes in the state! (Psst... when you visit, be sure to take your camera, as you never know what -- or who -- you will see along this popular trail.)
Glacier Gorge Trail
Located just down the road from the Mills Lake Trail lies another must-visit Rocky Mountain National Park gem known as the Glacier Gorge Trail. Spanning a whopping 9 miles, Glacier Gorge Trail leads hikers not only past landmarks like the beautiful Alberta Falls, but also the unique Sky Pond and its surrounding Cathedral Spires (pictured), as well as the aptly named Lake of Glass.
For even more of our favorite trails, check out these
7 Amazing Denver Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love!