Spring has sprung! If you’ve noticed the warmer temperatures and the chirping of birds, chances are you probably want to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Dig your hiking gear out of the back of the closet, grab the kids (or a buddy), and make your way to one of these nearby trails to enjoy the change of seasons.
This flat, out-and-back hike for all ages allows you to choose your own distance — plus it’s stroller-friendly. If you arrive early enough, you might spy a few bighorn sheep or even catch the sight of an eagle soaring overhead! You can hike, bike, and fish on this winding dirt trail, but unfortunately your pooch needs to stay at home.
Helen Hunt Falls
Choose your own adventure at this gorgeous landmark — enjoy the gorgeous view either from the base of the falls next to the visitor center or from a bridge across the falls. For a longer and demanding hike, pick the 4-mile trail that goes from the bottom of Cheyenne Canyon up to the falls.
Roxborough State Park
This is a popular hike for family and visiting friends, as the trails are ranked from easy to moderate. Willow Creek is an ideal beginners trail that features views of the striking red rock formations that make this park truly spectacular. For more of a challenge, the Carpenter Peak Trail offers a strenuous 6.2 mile out-and-back trip that will get your heart rate going!
This park with a reservoir offers 10 miles of paved trails for strollers and skaters and 16 miles of non-paved trails for hikers and mountain bikers. All trails are rated easy to moderate, so they’re safe for young children and flatlanders. Even though dogs have to be leashed on the trails, you will find an off-leash area where your pup can roam free.
Don’t these trails sound perfect for an outdoor excursion? Before you head out, make sure you’re carrying your10 essentials; There’s more to hiking than comfortable boots and energy bars, so make sure you’re carrying enough water and the necessary gear, even for a short day hike.
In addition, you’ll want to check trail conditions ahead of time. Even though the snow may have melted around your neighborhood, you could still encounter ice, snow, and mud on the trails. Check trail reports online, but always bring traction gear and hiking poles just in case.