The Road to Eldorado Canyon

Eldorado Canyon is one of Colorado's many state parks. It is known for its hiking trails, rock climbing opportunities and picnic areas along South Boulder Creek. For $8 you can purchase a day pass that will give you access to over 500 rock climbing routes, and 11 miles of hiking trails.

A Collection of Short Hikes in Colorado

Colorado has four national parks and 42 state parks, offering a multitude of wonderful hiking trails. However, if you're looking for some free hiking places, here is a list of my recommendations. These are all easily accessible from Denver, and are ranked by difficulty.

Hiking to Elk Falls

This hike is not for the faint of heart! I set off to find a waterfall, which I did. But what I did not expect was the rise in elevation, the switchbacks, and the seemingly never-ending trail. 13.3 miles and 3,800 calories burned later (thanks FitBit!) I felt accomplished, exhausted and ready to sleep for twelve hours.