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 and around Ken Caryl in July.....
The weather has turned and there are so many things to do in Ken Caryl in July. Here are a few of Michael and David's favorite things going on in the month of July! Get out and enjoy!
Date: July 21
Location: Ranch House Pool
Cost: Residents Free
Grab your noodle and come out for an evening swim and a fun, family flick! Concessions for sale and FREE popcorn! For the safety of swimmers, please note that inflatables and large pool toys will not be permitted.
Date: July 4th
Location: Ken Caryl Ranch House Pool
Cost: Residents Free
The Fourth of July blowout will feature live music at the Ranch House pool. The pool will open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Entertainment from 12-2 p.m
Date: July 1-3, 2017
Location: Cherry Creek North, from 2nd to 3rd Avenues, on the 7 streets between Columbine & Steele Sts.
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.
Date: All Summer Long
Time: Doors open at 6:30, Movie starts at dusk
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
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
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!
Date: July 29-30
Location: Sloan’s Lake Park, 1700 North Sheridan Blvd, Denver, CO 80232
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.