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Hiking Near Denver: Advanced

For parents with kids who are used to hiking and have a fair bit of experience, there are a number of great opportunities for hiking near Denver in the front range mountains to delight and challenge them. As kids move from adolescence into their teen years, they are better able to sustain their energy for a longer hike and manage the elevation changes that come alongside that challenge. The hikes listed below are not the best for those with young children or who are not skilled or experienced hikers themselves, and parents should ensure all members of the family are acclimated to Denver’s altitude and up to the challenge. Mt. Bierstadt: Denver’s Most Popular Fourteener For many Coloradans, summiting a fourteener is a right of passage to becoming a true Colorado resident. While Bierstadt isn’t necessarily the easiest fourteener to ascend, it is located close to Denver, roughly 12 miles outside of Georgetown, which makes it fairly accessible. The hike itself is only 7 miles round trip, but it is a difficult 7 miles with …

Biking in Denver: Rules, Roads & Shops

Even though Denver is one of the most bike-friendly cities you’ll come by these days, being a bike commuter or casual cyclist in the Mile High can sometimes be difficult. This comes from a variety of issues, including driver animosity and just finding the right route. Before you hop on your fixie, or before you go Google “fixie” if you’re not from a bike-centric city, consider the following things to help you get around Denver. Know the Rules There are rules. Even thought you’ll see these broken regularly, for your own safety and to avoid a citation, you’ll want to keep them in mind. These rules include stopping fully at red lights and stop signs, and riding on the same side of the street as a vehicle would. For a full list, check out bikedenver.org. As you begin riding more regularly, you might start to think, “but I can just slow down at this red light then continue going if no cars are coming.” The Denver Police regularly patrol areas in which this happens and …

Hiking Near Denver: Intermediate

For families with older children, taking a longer or more strenuous hike is not only an option, but a welcome adventure to the kids. Parents are no longer held to strict schedules for nap times, which means they can drive a bit further to trailheads, and older kids can both walk unassisted and carry their own weight up the trail. While kids can be likewise wowed by beautiful vistas, it is good for parents to select a trail that offers additional characteristics to help maintain their interest and motivation. Dinosaur Ridge Trail Perhaps one of the easiest trails on the list, Dinosaur Ridge Trail is a great option for parents looking to introduce their dinosaur enthused kids to hiking. The trail itself is relatively short as well; it will only take hikers roughly 1-2 hours to complete the 2 mile trail. But there is a lot to look at and explore along the way. Kids can awe at geologic features and also see real dinosaur tracks while they walk, which is sure to get them …

Hiking Near Denver for Beginners

Hiking Near Denver: Beginners

One of the greatest attributes in Denver is the nearby access to the mountains and the abundance of trails available within a short drive. Exploring trails in the Denver metro area is a great way to keep the family active and to get kids interested in the natural world around them. While Colorado may be known for its longer, steeper high altitude hikes, there are a myriad of shorter hikes near Denver that are an appropriate length and difficulty for families of all ages. High Line Canal The High Line Canal is the closest and most accessible Denver area hike. The path starts in Waterton Canyon and zigzags its way across the Denver metro area ending in Aurora. The total distance is just over 48 miles long, but there are multiple points of accessibility, making it possible to do a quick out and back, depending on the needs and abilities of all members. The path itself is a dirt path that is relatively flat and shady, making it possible to use a jogging stroller or …

Mom Friendly Exercise Programs

Immediately upon visiting or moving to Denver, many newcomers point out just how healthy everyone looks. Denver consistently ranks among the healthiest cities, and with its abundance of parks, paths, hiking trails and outdoor activities available all year long, it’s not hard to see why. Families get in on the athletic lifestyle as well, with parents hiking with their kids in backpacks, biking with their kids behind them or running with two dogs and double stroller on a park path. While leading an active lifestyle may seem a prerequisite for moving to Denver, it’s not always easy when you have kids. Fortunately, a number of Denver area gyms and studios offer mom friendly exercise programs that integrate kids into the workout or provide safe childcare options for them while mama gets her sweat on. Belly Bliss From early pregnancy to the post natal months, Belly Bliss, located in Cherry Creek North, offers classes for moms-to-be and moms with little ones as well. For those looking to stay fit while sporting a bump, they offer yoga, …