Mile High Loop
2001 Colorado Blvd.
The Mile High Loop is a new 5k trail that winds through City Park in Denver. “We wanted to provide other recreational opportunities for people in Denver and we wanted to do something that really celebrated the Mile High City,” said Denver Parks and Rec spokeswoman Jill McGranahan when the trail opened in 2009. The trial follows the mile high contour of City Park with markers at the points that are 5,280 feet above sea level. Historic features, scenic spots, as well as miles are marked along the trail. “You walk through kind of the jewels of the park along the trail,” McGranahan said.
801 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood
The trails of Belmar Park wind around Lakewood’s Heritage Center and Kountze Lake and past the Irongate Office Complex and Bonfils-Stanton Amphitheater. Park at the Heritage Center along South Wadsworth Boulevard. The trail distances measure from 1.1 to 1.8 miles.
Ralston Creek Trail
59th Ave at Allison St., Arvada
The Ralston Creek Trail in Arvada stretches for miles, but we like the section that runs through Memorial Park just east of the Arvada Square Shopping Center. The creek gurgles past as you hike, and you’re often sharing the trail, but not overwhelmed by, joggers, roller bladers, skate boarders and strollers. If you start at Memorial Park and head east you’ll eventually get to the mast bridge near I-70 and Sheridan. Head west and you’ll go through town all the way to Tucker Lake Park and the Arvada Reservoir.
6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
Hudson Gardens has a lot to offer, but just simply taking a walk in this non-profit botanical gardens is a basic treat. They are located along the bank of the South Platte River and there’s no admission fee in the winter months. The gardens are outstanding, and sculptures and other man-made objects merge nicely with the natural setting.