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Are you looking for a fun activity to do with your family this summer? How about going for a hike? It’s a great excuse to spend time together, keep the family active and enjoy Colorado’s great outdoors!
To begin, consider bringing these essential items along:
Once you’re packed and ready to go, it’s time to finally hit the trail. Below are a few of the most accessible hiking trails for families in the Denver area:
There are many trails that are no more than a quick drive away from Denver to get your family outside.
Below are a few spectacular locations to take your family to learn more about Colorado’s finest alpine tundra. Before you hit the trail, though, remember that the best time for wildflower viewing is mid-to-late July.
Snodgrass Mountain in Crested Butte—the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado”—to experience a meadow full of wildflowers and fantastic views of Crested Butte Mountain and Washington Gulch. During the summer, the town of Crested Butte hosts a Wildflower Festival, where you can arrange to hike Snodgrass Mountain with a leader who is knowledgeable about the many species of wildflowers in the region. Learn more about the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival.
Rocky Mountain National Park is full of wildflower sighting opportunities. With 355 miles of hiking trails, there are a variety of ways to experience this grand park and its entire flora. If your family is looking for more of an educational opportunity, participate on a ranger-led hike at Lily Lake to learn how to identify wildflowers, like flax, buttercups, fairy trumpets, strawberry flowers (that later turn into the fruit) and more! Note: The park entrance fee is $20, but there is no charge for the ranger-led hike. Consider bringing a wildflower identification book on your hike.
Golden Gate Canyon Park offers one of the greatest, lesser-known local outdoor experiences for your family to explore. Typically, wildflowers, like the columbine, thrive in higher elevations, but one of the benefits of visiting this less-trafficked park is being able to see plentiful wildflowers, especially on the Mountain Lion Trail that takes you down into the park’s canyon. On your way down, watch for wild mushrooms, aspen and fir trees, too!
Maroon Bells in Aspen are said to be the most photographed mountains in North America. To see this splendid view, you must do so in the summer and fall months by bus, as the road to get there is closed during the winter due to avalanches. Upon arrival, take a family hike up to Crater Lake and take time to notice the white daisies, sunflowers, columbines and primroses. Unwind with a nice lunch and don’t miss the bus on your way back down. Learn more about Maroon Bells.