The Best Hikes for Kids Near Denver


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Those who live in (and visit) Denver know that it is just full of gorgeous spots for outdoor recreation. We’ve gathered up a few of our favorite kid-friendly hikes near Denver that offer easy trails and tons of fresh air. Get ready to get moving!

Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information. However, sometimes closures occur at the last minute due to circumstances beyond our control, such as the spread of Covid-19. We highly recommend that you call ahead before you pack your kids (and all those snacks, and diapers…) and haul them across town. Stay safe! 

Lookout Mountain Hiking Trails, Golden

Start your outdoor day at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center and then check out one of the less-than-a-mile loop trails that start near the center. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy this spot in Jefferson County.

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Evergreen Lake Trail, Evergreen

The Evergreen Lake and Trail is part of Dedisse Park, which includes places to fish and rent boats. There’s a 1.25-mile hiking trail and dogs on leash are welcome. 

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Hermit Park Open Space, Estes Park

Ponderosa pine forests and wetland meadows characterize this beautiful property and its abundant habitat for an impressive variety of mountain wildlife. Head here late spring once the snow has melted and check out one of them many hikes under two miles long, or the 3.6-mile Kruger Rock Trail if you have older kids. 

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Bluffs Loop Trail, Littleton

We love this stroller-friendly hike for when you just need to get out there and get the kids moving. It’s a 2.7-mile loop and no shade so you are best off going late in the day when the sun is low. 

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Fountain Trail at Roxborough State Park, Littleton

The Fountain Valley Trail begins at the main trail head next to the Visitor Center. It is considered easy to moderate for hiking difficulty and consists of approximately 2.5 mile loop that winds through the Fountain and Lyons rock formations with a moderate change in elevation. It is not paved though relatively flat and decent for stroller hikers.

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—Kate Loweth

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