We know that when you live in or near 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 Your State (Denver division, just the facts, ma’am) decided to make a list of our favorite five must-take Denver-area hikes, which include:

Do you agree that these are the best hikes in Denver? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments! For even more of our favorite trails, check out these 7 Amazing Denver Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love!

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What are some of the best kid-friendly hikes around Denver?  

Few things help teach kids the importance of the natural world around them and its beauty than a good hike – at least we think so! Luckily for us, there are plenty of kid-friendly hikes around Denver that both you and the young'uns are sure to love. Among our favorites are local gems like the Bear Lake Nature Trail, which can be found within Rocky Mountain National Park and features epic views of, well, Bear Lake. It’s under a miles long, too, which means even smaller children can enjoy it. Then, check out the Braille Trail at Genesse Park, which features awe-inspiring panoramic views of the city and was originally created for blind hikers. The kids will love the views and the forest they can play in! Finally, head to Alderfer 3 Sisters Park and take the Wild Iris Loop, a 0.7-mile flat loop trail that’s as sure to please as all the hikes listed in this article and beyond. For more information about these trails and a few others, be sure to check this article out.  

What are the most amazing scenic hikes in Denver?  

Denver is an astonishingly beautiful city with so much to do, see, and experience that it might feel difficult to choose what to do first. We recommend a good hike – what better way to explore the amazing natural beauty of Colorado’s capital city than by foot? Some of our favorite scenic hikes in and around Denver include Washington Park Loop, which is nestled in – you guessed it – Washington Park and is both paved and quite easy. Then, head to the William F. Hayden Green Mountain Park and conquer the 6.4-mile, moderately challenging Green Mountain Trail, which features epic views and, during the warmer months, is lush, green, and brilliantly alive. While you’re there, the Green Mountain Novice Loop is another must-try! While you’re at it, be sure to add trails like the Rocky Mountain Lake Park Loop, Cherry Creek Loop, and the Singletree and Mayhoffer Trail to your bucket list too!