Five Kid Approved Hikes in Colorado

If your family is lucky enough to find themselves in Colorado this summer, hiking can be a great outdoor activity for the whole family. The state offers countless flat and fast hikes all ages can enjoy. Read on for our list of five kid-approved hikes in colorful Colorado:

1. Tom Blake Trailhead

Snowmass Village, Colorado

Surround yourself in Aspen groves and fresh mountain air on this popular singletrack trail nestled in the quaint town of Snowmass Village, Colorado. You can begin at the trailhead located on Owl Creek Road (across from the Snowmass Mall) and from there, hike through the Snowmass ski area.

Length: 4.9 mi.

Elevation gain: 1,108 ft.

2. Emerald Lake Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

If you ever find yourself in Rocky Mountain National Park, Emerald Lake is an excellent hiking option. It is easily accessible and offers stunning views of both Dream Lake and Nymh lake before ultimately ending up at Emerald Lake. While the hike up is relatively steep, it’s nothing any adventurous kiddo can’t handle!

Length: 3.2 mi.

Elevation gain: 698 ft.

3. Telluride River Trail

Telluride, Colorado

Nestled in the dreamy mountain town known as Telluride, this easy-going, paved nature walk is ideal for a quick afternoon hike with the whole family. This is a popular trail for runners, bikers and hikers alike so be prepared for crowds all season long.

Length: 4.1 mi.

Elevation gain: 242 ft.

4. Shine Ridge Trail

Vail, Colorado

Conveniently located off the Vail Path, Shine Ridge Trail is a short hike packed with epic views of Cooper Mountain and the legendary Back Bowls. Pro-tip: Check out this one in the summertime if you’re itching to see world-renowned Colorado wildflowers in all their glory.

Length: 4.3 mi.

Elevation gain: 1,030 ft.

5. Flatirons Vista Trail

Boulder, Colorado

From horseback riders to birdwatchers to those seeking a casual stroll, this popular hike near Boulder offers something for everyone. Enjoy flatiron views for miles and miles on this fast and flat hike, perfect for the whole family.

Length: 3.5 mi.

Elevation gain: 285 ft.

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