Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Hiking and Biking in the Denver area

mount falcon park
If you are looking for something to do on a free day, consider visiting one of the many parks in Jefferson County.

Mount Falcon Park - We visited the park several times when we lived in Denver. Although it was steep at times, the 1.7 mile Turkey Trot Trail was a good hike for the boys when they were younger.

They can hike longer distances now, and I would love to go back and explore some of the other trails. In the picture above, we were heading back down to the parking area. If you look closely, you can see the Denver skyline in the background. From other parts of the trail, there are great views of Red Rocks Park.

deer creek canyonDeer Creek Canyon- Another easy hike is the 1.6 mile Meadowlark Trail at Deer Creek Canyon. There were rocks for the boys to climb, and we also walked through some woods, reminding us of the parks in Minnesota. Again, I would like to go back now that the boys are older and hike some of the more difficult trails.

waterton canyonWaterton Canyon- If you've had enough hiking, and want to try biking, head over to Waterton Canyon. The dirt road is closed to traffic and follows the South Platte River for 6 miles up to the Strontia Springs Dam. Past the dam, you can continue up Waterton Canyon to the Colorado Trail, but you will need a mountain bike for that part of the trail, otherwise a road bike is fine.