Have you been to Boulder, Colorado yet? If so, you understand how beautiful this place actually is. If not, you’ve got some exploring to do, and what’s a better way to explore than going for a hike? While Boulder has a ton to offer (great shopping, food, music, etc.), its true beauty is best experienced by connecting with nature. Known for being at a high elevation, Boulder’s hikes provide the most awesome views you’ve seen.
Not a fitness guru? No worries — from trails less than 1 mile long, to parks with trails up to 16 miles long, we’re sure you’ll find one that’s right for you. We know it can be tough to find the motivation to work out while on vacation, but we promise, this will be worth it. Skip the hotel gym and head to the great outdoors on these trails!
1.) Marshall Mesa
If you’re not up for hiking up a huge mountain, this is exactly what you’re looking for. Totaling around 3 miles, it should only take you ½ hour-an hour. Since it’s quick and easy, it’s perfect for any time of day. It’s also great for any season – cold, mild, or hot – whichever you prefer!
This trail is also perfect for runners, dog-walkers, and even horses! Soaking in the views on horseback is definitely something to remember, so don’t forget your camera!
2.) Boulder Reservoir Loop
Looking for a longer, but similar trail? Also a relatively flat terrain, this is more of a long walk. Totaling around 5.25 miles, you’ll get a great workout in. Depending on your speed, it should take 1-2 hours to complete the full loop. And not to mention the views! Although you’re not at the top of a mountain by the end of your hike, the views of the mountains from the reservoir are breathtaking.
This area is also very popular in the warmer seasons for dog walkers, runners, and water sport fanatics – don’t forget your sunscreen (there’s not much tree cover here). If you’re looking for a more quiet, cool time of the year, we’d recommend going in the late fall (the foliage is to die for!).
3.) Rocky Mountain National Park
If you want to venture a bit further during your visit, Rocky Mountain National Park is only about an hour drive from Boulder. With more than 80 trails, you can choose the difficulty and length of your hike – take a look at the trail map before you go to see which is the best fit!
Want to have a view like the one pictured above? Take the Bear Lake Loop. However, know that it’s under 1 mile long, so continue onto another trail afterward to make the most of your visit to the park. Also, since this is a national park, we’d highly recommend going for an early morning hike, in order to avoid the crowds. You can hike for as long as you want — go for an hour or two, or make a whole day out of your visit to the park.
4.) Eldorado Canyon State Park
A popular rock climbing destination, Eldorado Canyon State Park also offers great hiking trails. Since it is a state park, you’ll have to pay a vehicle entrance fee (they also offer annual passes). If you’re taking the Eldorado Canyon Trail, be sure to bring some water – it’s 7 miles long. Depending on your speed, it should take anywhere from 2-4 hours to complete.
It’s great for all seasons, allowing for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. This park can also attract large crowds in the warmer months, so be sure to get there bright and early!
Even if hiking isn’t your thing, it’s definitely worth a try while you’re visiting Boulder. What’s not to love about nature? Schedule that hotel wake up call and get ready for some fun! Make the most of your trip – we know you won’t regret it. Now that you have the insider scoop on Boulder’s best trails, it’s time to get out there!
Where’s your favorite place to go hiking? Tell us in the comments section below!