Denver is known the world over as the gateway to Colorado’s magnificent Rocky Mountains. Four national forests, a national grassland, scores of regional and city parks and preserves, and Rocky Mountain National Park offer hundreds of hiking and walking trails—all within one to three hours of downtown Denver. Base Camp Denver offers you 101 of the best of these great hiking destinations to choose from. Take a day to explore an alpine meadow, walk to a waterfall, hike through a forest, or stroll suburban parklands. Enjoy a spectacular day of spring wildflowers or fall foliage, and still be home by dinnertime. Scramble to the top of a mountain to enjoy a sunrise and still make it to work by eight. With Pete KJ as your guide and Denver as your base camp, the splendor of Colorado’s Front Range is yours to enjoy one day—or even just a few hours—at a time.
History, geology, flora, and fauna for each hike
Best hikes for each season, and where to enjoy spring wildflowers & fall foliage
Ratings from 1 to 5 for trail conditions, difficulty, suitability for children, and more
Detailed driving directions to trailheads and info about elevation, hiking time, parking, and restrooms
Regional maps showing all trails in each chapter; route map for each hike
Best hikes for dogs, kids, and teens
Hikes that offer solitude … or plenty of company!
Hikes by interest: birdwatching, stargazing, wetlands, wildlife, and more
How to prepare & what to take
101 great hikes to choose from!