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Bluffs Regional Park Trail – Lone Tree, Colorado

Bluffs Regional Park Trail near Lone Tree, Colorado

Bluffs Regional Park Trail near Lone Tree, Colorado

Location: Near town of Lone Tree, south of Denver

Trail Length: About 3 miles, loop trail

Elevation Gain: About 250 feet

Link: Bluffs Regional Park Trail on AllTrails.com

Notable Features: An easy trail without much elevation gain. Great for kids and beginning hikers. It’s not exactly a wilderness as suburban developments edge right up to the park, but it offers nice views of the outer suburbs and the mountains to the west.

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Cub Lake Trail – Rocky Mountain National Park

Cub Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

Cub Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

Location: Moraine Park area of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

Trail Length: About 6.5 miles, loop trail

Elevation Gain: About 700 feet

Link: Cub Lake Trail on AllTrails.com

Notable Features: A great longer trail right in the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park. After hiking past a meadow and up a ridge, you’ll hit the trail’s namesake lake. If you keep following the loop, you’ll parallel the Big Thompson River as you circle back to the trailhead.

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Lily Lake Ridge Trail

Lily Lake Ridge Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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Bear Lake Loop Trail

Bear Lake Loop Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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Alberta Falls Trail

Alberta Falls Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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Niedrach Trail – Barr Lake State Park

Niedrach Trail at Barr Lake State Park

Niedrach Trail at Barr Lake State Park

The Niedrach Trail heads south from the nature center at Barr Lake State Park near Brighton, Colorado. The trail goes around the whole lake – 8.8 miles in total and is essentially flat the entire way. I went to the two-mile marker, but in that span I saw a herd of 20 deer, two bald eagles and scores of ducks and geese.

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Rio Grande Trail in Glenwood Springs

Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

The Rio Grande Trail connects Glenwood Springs to Aspen, but I just walked a brief section of it in Glenwood. Starting in Two Rivers Park, I walked by the junction of the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers, passed under the 8th Street Bridge, and headed downtown for pizza.

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Allluvial Fan Trail

Alluvial Fan Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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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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