Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Denver with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
1 day ago

Nice easy walk/run/bike trail

Beautiful day to get the dogs out! First time on trail and you have to watch...lots of ways to get off the trail shown on the map above. Although, it’s just a beautiful area so I enjoyed exploring the different paths and connecting back to the main path. The whole recreation area was well maintained. Lots of people and other dogs.

Beautiful location! A hidden gem, for sure. My kids loved running around. A very cool feature is the different habitats all in one park.

hiking
23 days ago

The one really cool thing about this hike is at the beginning of the trail where there was a family of prairie dogs (basically groundhogs) with their mounds in a field. Otherwise the hike was meh.

One of my most frequented runs. Good flow of people

trail running
24 days ago

It’s a great trail, but very busy on the weekends and not a lot of shade in the beginning of the day

road biking
26 days ago

What an awesome trail. Great ride and beautiful change of scenery. Entered by Holiday Inn Denver-Cherry Creek rode to the lake, around and back. Approximately 24 miles. Nice, wide path and not much traffic around the lake on a Friday late morning.

walking
1 month ago

Great park, but super busy almost all the time. Lots of geese and geese poop - frustrating walking a dog who loves to eat it! Be sure to stay in the pedestrian lane, bikers will let you know (not always nicely) if you're in the wrong lane.

Well paved paths make this more of a casual walk than anything. still cool scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

Trailhead is right by the busy Pena blvd on the way to the airport. Have to walk about a half mile along the service road until you get to the real trailhead. The actual trail is pretty, not too much shade along the creek and then opens up with views of the mountains in the distance.

I read a tip that sunrises were amazing here but sunsets were just as awesome. The sunset did not disappoint. I came with a dog I’m watching and she was much more excited than I was to enjoy the beauty of the lake. We arrived around 6:45pm knowing that sunset was at 7:30. The views were beautiful. There were a lot of people there and plenty with dogs of their own. It was still lovely to enjoy. We set out to walk the entire lake. I let Abby waddle into the water a bit. Golden retrievers are tough to keep out of water. So she got a little taste. She saw plenty of geese, ducks, and birds to keep her excited and wanting to barrow through the walk. We saw people fishing, jogging, cycling, strolling, picnicing, rowing and taking photos. At the end of the walk as dusk was transitioning to dark, it became windy and light rain came down. But we made it to the car just in time. 2.6 miles of flat paved east trail.

Really nice walk around a very pretty park. The best part, if you like this sort of thing, was looking at all the amazing homes around the park! It was a beautiful morning!

this trail does allow dogs.

walking
1 month ago

Nice walk around the lake- beautiful views but quite busy.

really nice for a short run in the morning beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

I really enjoyed this leisurely walk along the creek. People & Dog friendly. Ample shade! Great bird watching!

Beautiful and open-space park in the city, just East of the Denver Botanical Gardens. Great view of the mountains, especially from the elevated Greek Parthenon structure.

Not a hike at all, paved pathway around Sloans. Beautiful nonetheless! Normally pretty busy.

walking
2 months ago

This is a nice paved walk in a local park. Nothing great to see here except for a nice view of a river the path crosses over. Great place for the family.

2 months ago

The best family park!!!!

road biking
2 months ago

I take it to work from Washington Park. Really great way to bike into the city.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a beautiful hike around a lake with lots of wildlife in the area (ie rabbits, waterfowl). The scenery is beautiful and it is easy to forget that you are in Denver. Well worth a stop.

Beautiful quick run or walk for your lunch hour if you work close. Only took me an hour to get there, walk the route and get back to work

I have cycled this trail many times. it follows Hampden from Bear Creek Park all the way to Santa Fe. If you ride westbound toward Bear Creek Park past the golf course, there's a lot of uphill. Most of the trail is shaded by trees and there's a nice sitting area by the Mexican hat park. This is an all-around good trail to ride or walk.

walking
2 months ago

I have jogged and ridden this trail many times. just make sure if you ride it, you stay in the bike lane! Otherwise pedestrians will yell at you!

Good for a run in the middle of the city!

Perfection in the city

I wanted to take my two dogs for a walk... this walk ended up being well over an hour maybe even two. Washington Park is large, great location, a beautiful lake and a lot of activities and action going on.

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