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

hiking
muddy
snow
1 day ago

Hike 18 of 52

hiking
7 days ago

What a fun and spontaneous hike! Although a family could very easily make a day out of Dinosaur Ridge. There is a visitor’s center below, and a brief trek to the trailhead where you can stop and fill up on Dinosaur facts and the history of this area’s landscaping. Continuing up the ridge, the trail becomes more mountainous, and perhaps steep in a few locations. My 7 year old and our small dog were easily able to navigate the, at times, rocky path and completed the hike to the top. The peak provides ample near 360 views of Colorado’s awe inspiring landscape. Red Rocks amphitheater is across the way, and the ridge is near off the interstate. There are many mountain bikers, so hikers, be prepared to pull over and say “hello!” on this fun trail. (Hiked: March/2018)

hiking
11 days ago

This trail provides good access to the Dinosaur Ridge trail.

hiking
13 days ago

Easily accessible from I-70 and quick to get to if you live in/around Denver. I just woke up Sunday and decided to go hiking...20 minutes later I was on the trailhead; from downtown. Great views for a trail so close to the city. Family friendly. Lots of mountain bikers.

on Dinosaur Ridge

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail even though it’s near i70. Interesting facts about the dinosaurs along the initial side of the trail. After turning off of the street and onto the ridge trail, trail is a gradual ascent up to the top of the ridge. It is rather rocky, hiking boots and a hiking stick are helpful. Nice spots along the way for views of red rocks and surrounding area. Nice hike close to city.

Would’ve been great if it weren’t for ice that day. Probably have to go back when it’s warmer.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail where you can see many different directions if you are up on the ridge.

Apex is incredibly rocky. Enchanted forest is super steep with many inclines. The trail has so many grooves from bikes that it is never flat. I would not rate this a moderate. This is definitely a hard hike! Overall, not my kind of hike at all. I ended up turning around about 2.5 mi in because I wasn’t feeling it. I won’t do this one again. There are much better forest hikes for hikers. If you’re looking for forest I don’t recommend this.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike with cool dinosaur and animal tracks and fossils. Trail is alongside the road, and it can be crowded.

Lots of mountain bikes, and I can see why they want to be out here. The scenery just off the path is serene and calming. And there are plenty of downhill sections with banked corners and interesting rock obstacles for them.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty easy trail. Didn't go all the way out and back. Not a ton of shade, so definitely wish I had put on sunscreen. Will also wear my boots next time cause it's pretty rocky and rough on my ankles. On the way up, there's interesting geological facts about the area. Nice views of the back of red rocks too.

on Zorro Trail

hiking
4 months ago

The only pro for this trail is that it provides quick access to Dakota Ridge from the east.

This trail is amazing early before the sun gets too high- and before the crowds join you! It was empty on a late-August Sunday from 7-7:45am. Its not a fast trail- lots of technical spots but it keeps you focused on the trail ahead of you. A few areas to get in some faster strides but you probably won’t beat any PRs on this route. And it’s a steady climb until you loop back: I definitely did a lot of walking two catch my breath. One of the best aspects of this trail is how much cooler it is in the morning- maybe 10 degrees lower than the trailhead? It’s great. Watch out for lots of poison ivy which can be avoided if you stay on trail.

trail running
5 months ago

Nice trail for a liesurely hike or run. Easy going switchbacks up to the Dakota Ridge Trail. I took to the right for some good views and a bit more challenging stair cimb up to the top of the ridge. Will definately be going back to sample some of the other trails in the area.

hiking
5 months ago

Very interesting archeological site. The hike is easy on the road, shared with road cyclists. I thought it was really interesting to see the old seabed and footprints and more. Combined with the Dakota ridge trail it’s a nice hike. No shade, so don’t forget the sunscreen. The Dakota ridge trail can be somewhat challenging in the heat, i for one had a slightly hard time because my body doesn’t handle heat very well. Probably best enjoyed early morning or evening before sunset.

hiking
5 months ago

Short hike to get to the Dakota ridge trail. I combined this hike with Dakota and dinosaur ridge. In itself not very exciting.

hiking
5 months ago

I only came to see the dinosaurs but a neat walk, the ridge offers nice views of the surrounding region.

This trail is just ok. Parking situation is off the side of a busy road. If you want to get in a hike or a run, it's a good spot, but don't come here expecting spectacular views. One thing that made this trail less enjoyable is the amount of mountain bikers that just will NOT yield to hikers. The day I went I saw about 30 bikers, only 2 moved out of the way. Others quite dangerously sped by us. Maybe one day people will figure out trail rules or choose to follow them.

Trail was nice, gradual incline with lengths of exposed and shade. Lots of creek spots for the pup to get a drink and cool her paws. The mountain bikers kind of ruin this trail though. I usually went on odd days but made the mistake of going on an even day with more bikers and was told multiple times that I, as a hiker, must have a death wish being there on an even day and had no business being out hiking. I always step out of bikers ways plenty in advance and think we should be able to share but apparently the bikers here think they own the place and aren’t afraid to say so. I wish they would make the odd/even days to be bikes and no bikes instead of always bikes and bikes with a directional rule.

6 months ago

Very easy day hike with a view of Red Rocks

So this trail is only 2.6 miles in total instead of 5.2miles. It took us only an hour to do this loop.

Great, pretty easy trail close in to the city. It was pretty heavy with mountain bikers, but everyone was polite! The Enchanted Forest Trail was absolutely lovely and a pleasant surprise and reprieve from the sun! Overall a great way to spend a Sunday.

My favorite after work hike.

The prints and fossils were cool, but the cyclists scream profanity at you and your kids for being on the wrong side of the trail, regardless of the fact that they too keep wandering over into the pedestrian lane AND there's a tour bus we're all trying to avoid. Nice place to bring the kids though, if you're into that kind of stuff. I've had a few issues with cyclists on the trails but these people were something else. Manners y'all.

Average at best. It’s more a biking trail than hiking trail. So you have to step aside for bikers a lot. Also not ideal for dogs for the same reason. The enchanted forest part of the hike was very pleasant and peaceful. But apex trial is completely exposed to the elements. Also definitely not 5miles. The trail shown is around 3miles

When it is windy, this is the best place to hike. My favorite go to hike. There is also a trail head a Pocco Calle and better parking than on the busy road!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike close to Denver. The dinosaur history was great!

hiking
9 months ago

This was good trail for my 12 yr old Jack Russell. Enough to wear her out and challenge her. Once at top you can choose to go further. Not too many hikers, runners and bikers.

9 months ago

narrow and rocky trail, with heavy use by bikes and runners we always felt like we had to move off the trail to make way. started from stegasauras parking lot, didn't see any bones on that side of the hill but the view to red rocks is nice, if you can ignore I70 in sight.

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