Dive In to Colorado By Foot



Denver, Colorado has much to offer both the laid back and adventurous traveler. The bustling city is packed with dining, music, sports, arts, and an abundance of craft beer. On the other hand, if you take a drive outside the city, you will find yourself immersed in the sights and sounds of the Great Rocky Mountains. Using Denver as a central hub, we'll highlight a few outdoor hot spots you can explore by foot. All three destinations are within an hour and a half driving distance of the city. 

At 6,400 feet, Garden of the Gods is the ideal place to begin your Colorado adventure and acclimate yourself to the elevation. Explore, walk and even climb on this ancient garden of red rocks. The park is truly a sight to see and is free to the general public. How did the rocks get there? The red rocks formed millions of years ago due to upheavals in the earth’s surface and erosion. The rocks are made up of red, pink, and white sandstones and limestone.

Hiking: Explore by foot, there are 15 miles of hiking trails in the park.

Biking: There are designated bike trails available to visitors. 

Horseback Riding: Guided horseback riding can be booked for either beginners or experts.

Rock Climbing: Rocking climbing is allowed in the park by permit only. 




Georgetown, CO is a quaint mountain town that sits at 8,160 feet. The Georgetown Loop Railroad is nestled in the Rocky Mountains and is only 45 miles from Denver. The eye-catching mountain views and rushing water are just the start of this epic railroad adventure. This is the perfect outdoor activity if you want to be close to the mountains, but take a break from heavy hiking. You can pair the train ride with a mine tour. Prices vary depending on which ticket package you choose. 

Train tickets are available to ride in the front car with dining service or in the coach cars. Whichever you choose, you'll be greeted with fantastic views of the mountainous terrain surrounding you. The train takes you through the Rocky Mountains with magnificent sights of rushing creek rapids and sprawling trees. Half way through the train ride, you'll get dropped off at the famous Lebanon Silver Mine that sits at 9,100 feet. Follow a guided tour and learn more about the dragon's blood (dripping silver) that still remains in the walls of the mine. Walk about 800 feet in to the mine and go back in time with the miners that used candlelight during their 10-hour work day. The mine remains at a chilly, but constant 44 degrees year-round. Kick back and relax on the remaining half of the train ride and take in the enchanting views that surround you once more. 



Rocky Mountain National Park is massive: 415  square miles to be exact. It isn't possible to explore the entire park in a day or even a week. Due to  its enormous size, we will only focus on the upper east side of the park, which is entered by driving through Estes Park. The elevation ranges from 7,500 feet to 14,259 feet. The highest peak in the park is Longs Peak. Exploring the park for the day will cost you $20 per vehicle. For more information on camping and other fees, visit the Rocky Mountain National Park official website. 

We suggest parking in the commuter lot upon entering the park on the upper east side. From there, take the shuttle to the Glacier Gorge trail. Walk up stairs and over bridges in and around rushing creek waters. From here, it's about a half mile hike to Bear Lake. Once there, you'll find yourself engulfed in the glistening waters. Bear Lake is truly a sight you won't forget. Sit on one of the many rocks near the water's edge or walk around the 3/4 mile loop that encircles the lake, taking in its beauty from every angle. 

Many of the trails interconnect. Not far from Bear Lake, you will find Sprague Lake. Hike there from a connecting trail or park directly next to it. Walk around the 1-mile looped trail surrounding the lake. Along the way, you may even encounter elk grazing in the tall grasses. Whenever you choose to hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, we guarantee you it will be the hike of a lifetime. 


Hydrate: Just being at altitude causes you to lose far more fluids than at lower elevations. Be sure to pack plenty of water and food for the day. You may also find yourself getting out of breath easily. Take as many breaks as needed. 

Temperature: It is much cooler in the mountains. Pack a jacket and an extra pair of pants. Weather can change quickly, so be prepared for rain or storms.

Encounters: Although rarely seen, there are black bears in the park. They are known to be reclusive, but always be aware of your surroundings.