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.

One of my most frequented runs. Good flow of people

trail running
15 hours 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
2 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.

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

hiking
11 days 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
27 days 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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

The best family park!!!!

road biking
1 month ago

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

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
1 month 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.

Excellent inner city graveled walk/run option.

walking
2 months ago

I wouldn't say this is a hike by any means as it's all flat. But it's a great walking trail and excellent for strollers and dogs. There's also several playgrounds around the lake so if the kids wanted to get out and play for a bit...it's an option.
Only downsize is already mentioned from other folks, but there's tons of Geese and their droppings, everywhere. Which actually sometimes would make certain spots smell.
But overall....easy walk, great views, fun location.

Awesome park to run in, especially if you are just starting out at higher altitude because its flat! I run by myself so I was happy to see many moms with kids and older women on bikes around the lake, especially for 10 am on a Monday. It looked like park services had cleaned up most of the goose poop but there are geese everywhere throughout the park. And as a minnesotan whose used to running around lakes, it made me a little sad to see such poor water quality, because there is nothing better than jumping in after a hot summer run.

Beautiful park overall, with superb views of the mountains and the Denver downtown skyline, especially at sunset! The major downside, however, is the goose poop...it’s EVERYWHERE!

Good for a jog as well as guaranteeing seeing animals. The abundance of wildlife makes the 1 mile track interesting

Just the facts... If you are concerned for your physical and emotional health - avoid Crown Hill Lake Park.
It is currecntly disgusting and as a visitor for over ten years I don't forsee it improving.

Yes, the sunset views are great but being in the park subjects you sometimes to violent and barking dogs that some pet owners can't or won't control. Only a few pet owners are responsonible for destroying this park by allowing their dogs to pee and poop anywhere.

The sidewalks are now riddled with poop from both dogs and geese and Jefferson County doesn't have the budget or management skills the keep the pathways clear or to penalize the few that ignore the law and park rules. When you consider that hundreds of dogs visit this park routinely, the disrepectful add up. It's not a people park anymore, it's a dog waste park - yesterday I witnessed a man dumping the dog poop he brought from outside the park. Not only do you get poop on your shoes and drop trace amounts into your car and home, you now smell it when walking past every trash can.

Some horse owners contribute too by leaving a mountain of horse pie on the cement walkways. Also, more and more people are smoking marijuana in the park even though there are posted signs prohibiting it. What a violent risk this poses and an overall dissappointment.

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