5 great kid-friendly spots for fall hikes

by | Sep 4, 2023 | Blog, Denver Activities | 0 comments

During these fall days, when the kids are antsy to get outside, why not take them on a hike? Remember: you live in Colorado. That means you don’t have to go far to find some amazing spots. In less than an hour’s drive from the city, you can find gorgeous scenery and hiking trails galore.

Here are a few trails recommended by 9News that are easy enough for children – and for parents with babies on their backs:

Staunton State Park: Colorado’s newest state park offers many easy trails. “You can do one, or try out several all in one day,” notes 9News. Depending on which path you choose, you’ll see meadows filled with wildflowers and grasses or old buildings that were once part of the Staunton Ranch of yesteryear.  Pine, CO, 45 minutes from Denver.

Roxborough State Park: Beautiful rock formations are the hallmark of this park that offers numerous trails “for all abilities.” Consider taking the Fountain Overlook trail. Not only does it offer an awe-inspiring view of rock formations that you’ll enjoy, but it’s perfect for children, too.  Littleton, 40 minutes from Denver.

Castlewood Canyon: The Castlewood Canyon Dam, built in 1880, burst in 1993. Today, the old dam area offers a largely flat trail that loops through its remains, as well as through scenic meadows, creeks and waterfalls. Franktown, 45 minutes from Denver.

Lair O’ the Bear: The name alone is enough to make us want to check out this spot. While we don’t know where the name comes from, 9News assures that this is a great spot for families, with its mostly level path leading through “lush vegetation, plenty of trees and a bubbling creek nearby.” Kids will love exploring near the creek, spotting birds and wildlife. Idledale, 32 minutes from Denver.

Alderfer Three Sisters: For a trail even toddlers will enjoy, head to the western trail head and the Wild Iris Loop. This 0.6-mile trail “offers a casual saunter through flower-filled mountain meadows, with plenty of birds and bugs to keep the little ones excited and entertained,” reports 9News. You’ll also find sweeping views of the Continental Divide and lots of spots for picnicking. Evergreen, 40 minutes from Denver.

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