Our residents choose TAVA Waters in part because of our proximity to Denver’s incredible outdoor activities. And that love of the outdoors doesn’t stop when the weather turns colder. In addition to skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing, TAVA Waters residents count hiking as one of their favorite winter activities.
And why not? The trails are much less crowded, and a light dusting of snow can turn a familiar hike into a stroll through winter wonderland. Check out these excellent winter hikes near Denver.
Red Rocks Park
The hikes at Red Rocks Park are popular year-round because of their proximity to Denver and their striking landscapes. In the winter, with white snow against the famous brick-red rocks formations, it’s a stunningly beautiful experience.
Cherry Creek State Park
It’s may be close to home, but it’s still a classic. The flat, easy trails are easy to traverse in the winter, even with a little bit of snow, and since it’s just 5 miles from home, you can hit the trails before or after work without hassle.
Mount Falcon Castle & Tower Hike
This hike west of Denver is accessed through a residential neighborhood, so streets are more likely to be clear during the winter. Explore the ruins of John Brisben Walker’s home, which burned down in 1918, as well as the foundation for his planned “Summer White House” for U.S. presidents.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
Looking to combine easy trails, wildlife, and killer views of downtown Denver? Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is for you. The wildlife refuge quiets down some in the winter, but you can still see bald eagles, snow-blanketed bison, and cottontail rabbits.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park
With more than 12,000 acres of beautiful Colorado wilderness to explore, this is one of the best hikes in the area. And since it’s just 30 minutes from Denver, there’s always time to make it out for a weekend hike. In the winter you can also cross-country ski, snowshoe, sled, ice fish, and ice skate.
Don’t let the snow keep you from enjoying one of Denver’s great local hikes. With a little planning and preparation, you can enjoy the great outdoors all winter long.