Colorado is all about majestic beauty, and there are truly memorable hikes in places like Maroon Bells near Aspen, but there are also lots of great day hikes near Denver, featuring everything from alpine lakes and wildflower meadows to red-rock formations and panoramic vistas.

1. Mills Lake

The hike to Mills Lake is one of the most scenic in Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s a moderate 5.3 mile round-trip trek that winds past Alberta Falls, a mesmerizing 30-foot waterfall that’s one of the park’s most popular features, with people gathering to snack on backpack picnics while sitting on rocks near the tumbling waters.

2. Ouzel Falls

There are dozens of other wildflowers to see on this round-trip hike, which is about 3.6 miles to Calypso Cascades and 5.4 miles to Ouzel Falls.

This moderate hike starts on a relatively flat path, passing meadows with wildflowers, then winding up a gentle incline. Eventually the trail gets steeper, with steps and risers to help hikers ascend to Ouzel Falls, a 40-foot waterfall that sits at an elevation of 9,370 feet.

3. Bear Creek Trail

Bear Creek Trail at Lair o’ the Bear Park near Morrison is an easy, shady trail that’s popular with families because it’s got so much to offer. There’s lots of shade, easy flat trails, woodlands and the cool burbling waters of Bear Creek, which attracts anglers.

4. Royal Arch Trail

For many hikers, the destination of this trail is The Royal Arch, a 20-foot span of sandstone that soars overhead. The view from this spot gives a birds-eye view of Boulder, along with the plains and foothills of the Front Range. Located in Boulder’s Chautauqua Park, the Royal Arch Trail is a 3.4 mile out-and-back hike that’s rated moderate to difficult. It’s often crowded in summer, so hiking on a weekday or early mornings on weekends is a smart way to avoid human traffic jams.

5. Ken Caryl Valley

Head out to the Ken Caryl Ranch and enjoy over 20 miles of trail in the 4,800-acres of foothills open space. There are 10 trails here ranging from easy to difficult, with the longest trail topping out at 3.8 miles. All of these trails but one are private trails, only open to residents.

The Cathy Johnson Trail and South Hogback Open Space is the only trail that's open to the public. It's a 2.1 mile trail that ranges from easy to moderate along the trail.

To read more about these and other Day hikes around Colorado, click here.

 

What's Going on in Denver in July.....

The weather has turned and there are so many things to do in Denver in July. Here are a few of Michael and David's favorite things going on in the month of July! Get out and enjoy!

INDEPENDENCE EVE FIREWORKS

WHEN: July 3, 2017, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax

The annual Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park will feature a free patriotic concert, an innovative light show on the Denver City and County Building and a stunning fireworks finale. Lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to bring blankets or low-rise concert/beach chairs. You're also welcome to bring your own picnic, though concessions will also be present on-site. Civic Center Park is easily accessible by light rail, bus, bicycle or the 16th Street Free MallRide, and use of public transportation is encouraged. Or, take advantage of the nearby Denver B-cycle bike-sharing program. Parking is available at nearby surface lots and parking garages as well.

FIREWORKS AT ELITCH GARDENS THEME & WATER PARK

WHEN: July 4, 2017
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park 
Spend the day riding the roller coasters and the water slides at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, Denver's downtown amusement park, then watch a brilliant fireworks display light up the night sky, starting at dusk.              

CHERRY CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL

Date: July 1-3, 2017

Time: 10:00am

Location: Cherry Creek North, from 2nd to 3rd Avenues, on the 7 streets between Columbine & Steele Sts.

Cost: Free

This free, outdoor extravaganza — the city's signature cultural celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts — gives more than 350,000 annual visitors the chance to meet and talk with international visual artists, enjoy a wide range of family-friendly fun and sample fine cuisine.

OUTDOOR MOVIES IN THE PARKS

Date: All Summer Long

Time: Doors open at 6:30, Movie starts at dusk

Location: Various

Cost: Varies

There's no better way to spend a cool summer night in The Mile High City than enjoying a great movie in the great outdoors.

Click HERE to get a list of all locations and movies

SLOW FOOD NATIONS

Date: July 14-16h

Time: Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm

Location: Denver Union Station: 1701 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO 80202

Cost: Free

Slow Food Nations will gather leaders and eaters, farmers and chefs, educators and families for a weekend of tastings, tours and talks from July 14-16, 2017. For three days, Denver, CO will become the center of the international food universe. We are closing down the streets of downtown Denver in celebration of the Slow Food mission of good, clean and fair food for all!

COLORADO DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

Date: July 29-30

Time: 10:00am

Location: Sloan’s Lake Park, 1700 North Sheridan Blvd, Denver, CO 80232

Cost: Free

The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival (CDBF) is a free family-friendly festival highlighting Colorado's rich Asian Pacific American heritage at Sloan's Lake Park in northwest Denver. A window to the Pan Asian world, this diverse festival is the only one of its kind in the United States. It showcases an array of traditional and contemporary performing arts, cultural customs, cuisine and a marketplace of unique and hard-to-find arts, crafts and vendors, in addition to two days of action packed dragon boat racing.

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