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Dakota Ridge Trail – Morrison, Colorado

View of Red Rocks Amphitheatre from the Dakota Ridge Trail near Morrison, Colorado

View of Red Rocks Amphitheatre from the Dakota Ridge Trail near Morrison, Colorado

Location: Dinosaur Ridge near Morrison

Trail Length: Variable, depending on how deep into North Dinosaur Park you go

Elevation Gain: About 550 feet

Notable Features: The big draw is Dinosaur Ridge, a park with trails and free self-guided or paid guided tours detailing the pre-historic beasts that roamed the area and have left their mark. There’s also the Dakota Ridge Trail that splits off the road to the north that leads into North Dinosaur Park. It gives great views of Morrison, the surrounding foothills, and Red Rocks Amphitheater.

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Sprague Lake Trail – Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Sprague Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Sprague Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park

Trail Length: Just under one mile, loop trail around Sprague Lake

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Notable Features: An easy but very scenic walk around Sprague Lake, one of the more popular areas of Rocky Mountain National Park. Beautiful clear water in the lake and a great view of nearby mountain peaks. There are picnic areas near the parking lot as well.

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Nymph Lake Trail – Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Nymph Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Nymph Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, at the Bear Lake trailhead

Trail Length: About 1.3 miles, in-and-back trail past Nymph Lake

Elevation Gain: About 300 feet

Notable Features: An easy walk through the woods past Nymph Lake. Climb up onto the rocks north of the trail for a great view of the mountain peaks to the south. We were visited by a couple blue jays interested in our picnic lunch.

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Ladora Lake/Lake Mary Loop – Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Colorado

Lake Mary at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Lake Mary at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Location: Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Trail Length: About 2.8 miles, double loop trail around Ladora Lake and Lake Mary

Elevation Gain: Minimal elevation change

Notable Features: An easy and pleasant trail that loops around two lakes in the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Be on the lookout for birds, frogs and turtles around the lakes, and there are buffalo and deer roaming the surrounding prairie.

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