Looking for hikes with some great rock formations near Denver? These are plenty in Colorado and they come in different shapes and sizes too! It’s time to pack your bags and wander through trails and witness these towering wonders. Explore the hiking trail profiles below to get driving directions to the trailheads, trail maps, and the important information you need for your Colorado hiking adventure.

Deer Creek Canyon Loop Hike

Deer Creek Canyon Loop Hike

[twocol_one] This loop hike in Deer Creek Canyon offers a quick getaway from the city of Denver and its surrounding suburbs. Because Deer Creek Canyon Park is tucked away in the entrance of the canyon, you can completely immerse yourself in the foothills and the valley that lies between Littleton and the park.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last] [/twocol_one_last][hr] Trail Snapshot: Deer Creek Canyon ...
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Arch Rocks in Rocky Mountain National Park

Arch Rocks in Rocky Mountain National Park

[twocol_one] Along the way to The Pool or Fern Falls, you'll run into this towering waypoint of nature in Rocky Mountain National Park, the Arch Rocks. These are boulders as huge as cottages where the trail passes through. The trail is quite flat and hikers get to enjoy the sound of the running waters of the Big Thompson River. Explore ...
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Grace Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

Grace Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

[twocol_one] The hike to view Grace Falls, high in the rock cliffs and ledges of Odessa Gorge, is one of several waterfalls and scenic waypoints along the Fern Lake Trail. Grace Falls drops nearly a hundred feet from Notchtop Mountain, tumbling over a series of ledges, eventually making its way into Fern Creek. Explore the full Grace Falls hike profile ...
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Carpenter Peak Hike in Roxborough State Park

Carpenter Peak Hike in Roxborough State Park

[twocol_one] The hike up Carpenter Peak in Roxborough State Park is a strenuous 3.1 mile journey (one-way) to a foothill summit that overlooks the red rock formations of Fountain Valley. You'll also gain 360 degree panoramic views of Denver, east to the plains, and west to distant snow-capped peaks. In this Colorado trail profile, you'll find driving directions, trail map, ...
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North Table Mountain Trail Hikes Near Golden, Colorado

North Table Mountain Trail Hikes Near Golden, Colorado

[twocol_one] When the sun rises over the North Table Mountain, you'll see this mesa rising above the town of Golden, Colorado. A vast network of trails awaits hikers, mountain bikers, and nature photographers. This is a perfect hike near Denver for when you don’t have much time on your hands but need some fresh air ...
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Roxborough State Park Hiking Trails

Roxborough State Park Hiking Trails

5 Hikes in Roxborough State Park Roxborough State Park is widely considered Denver's Garden of the Gods. Secluded in the foothills south of Littleton, Colorado, Roxborough State Park can feel like stepping into another world, especially when a light fog rest on the tops of the red rocks of Fountain Valley. Roxborough State Park is home to a variety of ...
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Arthur’s Rock Trail in Lory State Park

[twocol_one] This hike near Fort Collins, Colorado ends with a beautiful panoramic view of Lory State Park. You'll pass through meadows, forest, then end your hike with a scramble to the top of Arthur's Rock. Dogs are allowed on a leash, just be sure to bring plenty of water as there are not many places to access drinking water ...
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Red Rocks Trail at Red Rocks Park

[twocol_one] The Red Rocks Trail at Red Rocks park gives you a chance to wander through the meadows just east of the imposing red monoliths that this Denver Mountain Park is named after. Close to Denver, the Red Rocks Trail is great for a sunrise hike, an inspiring trail run or a challenging bike ride. There's more: a cave carved ...
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Ultimate Guide to Hiking Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods is argueabley the best place to hike in Colorado Springs. Designated a National Natural Landmark, the park is known for its towering red sandstone formations and panoramic views of Pikes Peak. Hiking, Horseback riding, mountain biking, birding, and climbing are among the activities that can be enjoyed here. This guide to the Garden of the Gods ...
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Shanahan Ridge Hike Near Boulder

[twocol_one] The Shanahan Ridge Loop Hike is an easy, 4-mile lollipop-loop trail with stunning views of the Shanahan Ridge of the Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado. Explore the full Shanahan Ridge Loop hike profile ...
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Chief Mountain Hike

[twocol_one] Chief Mountain is a 1.5-mile hike in the mountains just one hour outside of Denver, Colorado. The Chief Mountain trail travels through alpine forest, then breaks out into high-country tundra, eventually gaining panoramic views of surrounding mountains. Chief Mountain gives hikers an incredible vantage point to survey the changing colors of Fall spread out in 360 degrees below. Explore ...
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