Recommendations

Parsley

  Parsley’s quaint, small exterior is almost an anomaly in bustling downtown Denver. Billing itself as “mostly vegetarian, mostly organic,” Parsley offers plenty of options for the nutritionally conscious, including salads, sandwiches, smoothies, soups, and its famous organic juices. Both half and whole sandwiches are available, and the vegetarian options are extensive. Parsley is open only for lunch, from 11 …

WaterCourse Foods

A somewhat-upscale vegetarian restaurant located in the heart of downtown Denver, WaterCourse Foods has an expansive menu that is chock full of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Food allergies are taken very seriously; foods with nuts are noted prominently. The menu selection is surprisingly creative for a vegetarian restaurant, which may be why WaterCourse is so popular. The restaurant makes …

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill

This quick, fresh Mediterranean eatery is a local chain with plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. With ten locations in the Denver metro area alone and others across the state and the country, you’re probably never far from a Garbanzo if you’re in Colorado. Choose from a pita, wrap, or plate and watch as your healthy lunch or dinner …

Bang!

Bang! is an American eatery with simple, delicious fare. If you’re not looking for it, you could nearly miss the turn down the narrow alley that leads to the restaurant’s entrance. While there are vegetarian and gluten-free options on the menu, they are not prominently noted; those with specific sensitivity concerns would be wise to ask staff for additional information. …

Modmarket

  If you’re looking for healthy choices and don’t have a lot of time to spare, Modmarket is the perfect choice. The natural, well-lit interior enhances the fresh feeling of the menu, which lists the nutritional information for all offerings.  Salads, soups, flatbread pizza, and sandwiches are the main fare, but a kids menu and desserts are also available. Although …

Alderfer/Three Sisters Park

Thirty miles west of Denver in beautiful Evergreen, Colorado,  you can find natural trails pretty much anywhere you look. Alderfer/Three Sisters Park features a wide variety of trail lengths and difficulties, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Total trail mileage within the park is 14.9 miles. Expect some rolling hills and elevation changes since you’re out in the …

Red Rocks Park

While natural trails close to Denver aren’t terribly easy to come by, Red Rocks Park is worth the trip if you’re looking for stunning scenery. Located half an hour west of downtown, Red Rocks Park features a 1.4-mile natural loop through a breathtaking environment that highlights the rock formations the park is named for. The trail can be surprisingly technical …

Highline Canal Trail

  Winding through the Denver metro area’s southern suburbs, the Highline Canal Trail stretches an impressive 71 miles from southwest of Littleton to the city of Aurora, near the airport.  This multi-use path is frequented by cyclists and runners alike and can be used as a commuting route. While much of the trail is concrete, some sections are also asphalt …

Sloan’s Lake Park

Located on Denver’s west side, Sloan’s Lake Park offers a multi-use concrete path approximately 2.5 miles in length with pristine views of both the surrounding mountains and the city of Denver. The path is split into two lanes and is frequented by both runners and cyclists. Real bathrooms and available water fountains are just two of the noticeable perks of …

City Park

City Park is one of Denver’s oldest parks, and it enjoys a hallowed reputation as a beautiful haven in the middle of the busy city. With two multi-use paths of varying distances, runners, walkers, and cyclists have the option of both dirt and concrete paths. The park offers both real bathrooms and porta potties along the routes, so you’ll never …

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