Emerald Necklace Conservancy

  Boston has done an exemplary job of preserving greenspace within the city limits, and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy is a prime example of this dedication. The Emerald Necklace is a greenway system made up of nine parks that stretches approximately seven miles from end to end in addition to numerous loops through the individual parks. Parks making up the …

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 …

Washington Park

  Washington Park is one of the largest of the City of Denver’s many parks. The truly expansive landscape is nothing short of impressive. The park can be found in the beautiful Washington Park neighborhood just south of Downtown Denver and offers activities for everyone. With five multi-use paths of varying distances, there are plenty of opportunities to run, bike, …

Mount Sanitas Trails/Sunshine Canyon

Local trail runners love Mount Sanitas, and it’s not hard to understand why. Head up Mapleton Road and you’re sure to find a variety of trailheads and parking areas with bathrooms and garbage cans. The detailed maps at each trailhead provide directional, distance, and elevation information, so you can make an informed decision about how far you’re interested in traveling. …

Boulder Creek Multi-Use Path -

Note: Portions of the Boulder Creek Multi-Use Path may be closed due to the flooding events of September 2013. Please check for closures here. When I headed to the Boulder Creek Multi-Use Path, I thought I would find the same winding concrete path that transects many Colorado cities, but I was shocked by what I found instead. The path, which …

Monument Valley Park

Just walking distance from downtown Colorado Springs, Monument Valley Park offers a 4-mile loop on a fine dirt and gravel surface. Both street and lot parking is available for this popular park, which features a wide path with no elevation change. Expect to see plenty of cyclists (both mountain and road) out and about at all times of day, but …

Pike’s Peak Greenway

Pike’s Peak Greenway is a 16-mile segment of Colorado Springs’ Urban Trail System, which connects a number of trails and multi-use paths throughout the city. The Greenway offers a variety of surfaces and follows Monument Creek with small parking lots at each trailhead. The fine dirt and gravel surface that dominates the trail near the Uintah Road trailhead is appropriate …

Boulder Reservoir

The Boulder Reservoir is a multi-sport athlete’s paradise.  The 5.5 mile loop around the entire reservoir provides mixed surfaces for runners, including both packed dirt and asphalt. Runners looking to log shorter mileage can head to Coot Lake for a 1.2 mile loop that is closed to cyclists.  Not all of the route around the reservoir is trail – some …

Chautauqua -

“You have to go to Chautauqua. Chautauqua is Boulder,” a Boulder running store employee told me when I asked her where visitors should go to run.  It’s clear that Boulder runners love the expansive park, and a trip there makes it easy to understand why. Although parking can be confusing – there are small lots but mostly street parking in …

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