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Denver Outdoor Activities & Hiking Trails

Denver Outdoor Activities & Hiking Trails

There’s nothing more serene than taking a day to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors, especially when you’re in Denver, Colorado! With acres of parks and picturesque views, the list of activities is endless. We’ve put together our favorite Denver outdoor activities and hiking trails that you should add to your Denver bucket list.

Outdoor Activities


Kayaking is a peaceful activity that lets you enjoy the scenic mountain views while gliding across the tranquil waters of Colorado. There are multiple rivers and lakes to explore while in Denver including the South Platte River, Colorado River, and Evergreen Lake. Denver Outdoor Adventure offers single and tandem kayak rentals as well as kayaking tours.


Get your cardio in for the day and enjoy exploring the city and natural parks in Denver with its variety of bike trails. If you feel like staying city and peddling around, check out the Mile High Loop, a 3.1-mile trail that reaches an elevation of 5,303 feet! It’s a great way to get to explore the city and visit some of the other great Denver attractions like the Denver Art Museum (one of the cheapest things to do in Denver).

Scooter Riding

Ride around (in style) all over Denver with a Vespa-style scooter rental! These two-wheelers are fun and you’ll easily be able to zip around the city while taking in all the sights. No motorcycle license needed to ride one of these, all you need is a valid driver’s licenses and a quick demo. Scootours offers 2-hour, 3-hour, and full-day rentals starting at $65. Book a guided tour around the city with them!

Horseback Riding

If you want a taste of life out west, pony up and tour the many nature parks near Denver on horseback. Rocky Mountain National Park, Garden of the Gods Park, and Brown’s Creek Falls all offer different guided tours throughout the parks. What a perfect way to get to experience the great outdoors!

Easy Hikes In Denver

Red Rocks Park Trail

The Trading Post trail in Red Rocks Park is just 25-minutes from Denver and not only offers gorgeous scenery but is easy for those that may not be able to endure long trails. The Trading Post is 1.4 miles long, takes 1 hour to loop, and has picnic areas along the way if you care to indulge.

Buffalo Trail

The Buffalo Trail is another easy hike and one you can bring Fido along for. This trail is a 2.8-mile loop and can be enjoyed with your furry friend as long as they are leashed.

Lookout Mountain Trail

Lookout Mountain Trail has one of the best views of downtown Denver and is easy for beginner hikers. This train is a 2.3-mile loop and we hear it’s a perfect place to watch the sun come up or go down.

Monarch Lake Loop Hike

The Monarch Lake loop hike is a bit longer than the two above, but a great trail for family hikes or outings. This hike is a 4-mile loop that takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete at a leisurely pace. Bring your kayak or paddleboard and spend the day on the Monarch Lake with the entire family.

Emerald Lake Hike

Another hike within Rocky Mountain National Park is the Emerald Lake Hike. This easy hike near Denver is 3.5 miles and offers beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains and of course Emerald Lake.

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