Sometimes nature calls at inconvenient times – like when you feel like hiking, running, cycling or skating but don’t have time for an outdoorsy getaway. Fortunately, the Mile High City has you covered, with more than 80 miles of multi-use trails within the Denver metro area. Many of the off-street trails follow urban waterways and forested parks, giving you a true nature-filled escape just minutes from home or work. So throw some running shoes, comfy clothes and a windbreaker into your backpack, and be ready to explore these urban trails in Denver at a moment’s notice.
High Line Canal Trail
Not only is the High Line Canal Trail a beloved foot-powered lane in Denver, it’s also one of the longest urban trails in the country and a noted National Landmark Trail. It crisscrosses 71 miles in the suburbs, roughly from Waterton Canyon to just south of the airport, with relaxing, flat terrain and arching cottonwood trees for shade. The path runs along an irrigation canal, with plenty of small parks for resting. Map out the section from Platte Canyon Reservoir to Chatfield State Park for a particularly scenic stretch.
Runners love the 155-acre Washington Park at the corner of South Downing and East Louisiana Avenue, known by many as simply Wash Park. Paved sidewalks veer off into dirt footpaths, with two lakes, a flowing creek and plenty of open fields, plus cultivated landscaping such as an exact replica of George Washington’s gardens at Mount Vernon. The 2.5-mile loop is a relaxing and quick run, so invite some friends along, and pop over to Old South Gaylord Street for espresso or smoothies after your workout.
For an even quicker city trot, try the 1.5-mile jogging path at Cheesman Park, centrally located off Franklin and 8th Streets. This is one of the most family-friendly urban trails in Denver, so don’t be surprised to pass skateboarders, wheelchair-rollers and baby strollers along the way. There are also plenty of chances to join up with locals for charity runs and free summer concerts. Enjoy sweeping views of the mountains and the city, and plan some time to visit the Denver Botanic Gardens jutting off the east side of the park.
Cherry Creek And Platte River Trails
For sheer beauty as well as a chance to pass some of Denver’s favorite venues, take the Cherry Creek Trail to Confluence Park, where Cherry Creek joins with the Platte River. Enjoy watching kayakers and summer rafters on the river, then cross the pedestrian bridge and follow the Platte River Trail to the left. This takes you past the Downtown Aquarium, Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, and the sports field where the Denver Broncos play. If you feel like some shopping before or after your run, allow some time for cruising the Cherry Creek Shopping District.
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