Five Denver Spots Worth The Hike

With Rocky Mountain National Park as its backyard, Denver beckons to the outdoorsy types with record-setting natural wonders and placid recreational parks. In the Mile High City, there exists a symbiotic relationship between the outdoors and its urban residents. With Cherry Creek running right through the city, endless bike trails and a wealth of outdoor space, escaping the city is as easy as strolling through town and stumbling upon a local park. But for those looking for more extreme options, Denver does not disappoint. The surrounding wilderness is a paradise for easy going naturalists and extreme athletes alike.

Read on to discover where Denver’s best hang out outside.

Confluence Park/Visit Denver

Esme Patterson recommends Confluence Park
“I love Confluence Park, it’s at the western edge of downtown, and it’s a lovely bike ride up the Cherry Creek path to that spot. I’ll bring a book or my journal and sit by the river there and read or write for hours sometimes.”

Big Gigantic recommends Washington Park
“Wash Park is the best place to spend a Saturday or Sunday during the summer. Hundreds of people set up BBQs and volleyball games — the park comes alive.”

Garden of the Gods/John Fowler

Erik, A Shoreline Dream recommends Garden of the Gods
“I find that being in the mountains is a great way to spend a leisurely Saturday afternoon. In the summer when you can smell the pine and soak up the sun is a great way to recharge. Camping essentials: s’mores and fishing gear.”

Ryan, A Shoreline Dream recommends Pagosa Springs
“I love going out and shooting the strangest places I can find…heading up to Mt. Evans or Pagosa Springs are two other favorites of the outdoor arena — inspirational landmarks with amazing visuals and memories.”

Jeffrey Petrel recommends Biking the Riverfront
“Denver and the surrounding towns have an excellent network of bike paths setup as well as ever increasing dedicated bike lanes in and out of the downtown area. This makes getting a long ride for exercise or commuting by bike very easy.”

Read through the pages of our digital guide below and check back in for our May Denver takeover. 

photo by: Courtesy of Visit Denver