This is just a quick post to share some of my favorite expeditions and day hikes from DEN – you can do these over a long long layover or overnight. Hint: #layovertip.
You can easily rent a car at the airport, or use the tripchi app to find a ride downtown, and get your day hikes from DEN going.
Then you can take the Amtrak to Durango or Glenwood Springs and check out the Hanging Lake, which I got to do a few days ago.
You can even Uber it from DEN to wherever you need to go.
You know you want to, because the Rocky Mountains are beautiful!
Here’s a roll up of some ideas of day hikes from DEN, and I’ve written about them in a lot of detail on my therestlessroad.com blog:
- Glenwood Springs/Hanging Lake
- Rifle and Rifle Falls
- Meeker and the Flat Tops Basin
- Trappers Lake and Little Trappers
- Georgetown – train and hike Guanella Pass
- Winter Park
- Grand Lake
- Estes Park
- And of course you can do a very easy day hike from DEN at Red Rocks, and check out the ampitheater to boot!
Many of these places you can get to for your day hikes from DEN in less than 4 hours – a few, like Rifle, Meeker, and Little Trappers will take you a bit longer. Always remember to leave lots of time to come back so that you can make your flight – I70 gets quite jammed up on Sundays when everyone in Denver is coming back home from a weekend in the mountains. So plan accordingly!