When arriving into Denver most people on vacation are eager to get out and enjoy nature. One of the best ways to do this is to go out on a day hike. There are numerous areas to be explored with a variety of trail lengths and difficulties. Whether you are a novice hiker or have been hiking all of your life, there is the perfect trail for you within a short drive outside of the city.
Hiking is one of the most popular activities in Colorado. Even with dropping temperatures in the High Rockies it is not uncommon to have much warmer temperatures the closer you are to the lower elevations near Denver. Many classic hikes are located right outside of the city. Roxborough State Park offers easy winter hiking and beautiful views. During this hike you are down and inside towering red rocks which will also help shield you from the wind on colder days. The trail is fairly flat and easy to navigate making it perfect for younger children and novice hikers. If there has recently been a lot of snow be sure to call the park office to make sure that the road is clear to access this hike.
Those with more winter hiking experience can look into many of the hikes within Rocky Mountain National Park. Deer Mountain is one such hike; the lower trail generally has little snow while the switchbacks usually have large snowdrifts. Skis or snowshoes will be needed to safely make the summit at 10,013ft. On a clear day once the summit is reached you will be able to take in views of the Continental Divide.
Now that you know where to go, you have no more excuses! Strap on those hiking boots and get outside and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer. Happy hiking!