Red Rocks Park
18300 W. Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO
May – Sept 8 am – 7 pm, daily
Oct – Apr 9 am – 4 pm, daily
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 at times and features considerable climb and descent, so it may not be best for the elderly. Although the loop itself is not long, there are plenty of roads running through the park that welcome runners and cyclists alike. Bikes are not allowed on the trail, but dogs are welcome. Be prepared for quite a few stairs and some wildlife as well! The park offers free entry with plenty of parking near the Trading Post for the trailhead, and bathrooms are located in the parking lot. Bring water in preparation for the lack of shade, and come ready to enjoy some of Colorado’s natural beauty!