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Best Outdoor Activities in Denver

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Cherry Creek Trail

Strolling down this scenic path takes you past some of Denver's various attractions including the Four Mile Park, Cherry Creek Mall, Denver Country Club and more. The Cherry Creek Trail is fully paved, making it perfect for runners, leisurely strolls, in-line skaters and dog walkers. With such great weather year-round and beautiful scenery, outdoor activities like this are a Denver must!

Denver, CO, United States
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Civic Center Park

After touring the United States Mint and State Capitol Building, or soaking up culture at the Denver Art Museum, enjoy the relaxing greens of Civic Center Park. President Clinton once addressed Denver from the stage of the park's Greek Pavilion. The park is also home to the Taste of Colorado, the Cinco de Mayo festival and the annual Capital Hill Peoples Fair. A large fountain, flower gardens and sculptures add to the charm of this small but stately park.

Denver, CO, United States
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Cheesman Park

This park, which once served as a Denver cemetery in the late 1800s, features a west facing marble acropolis that offers incredible mountain views and opens onto the beautiful grounds of the park, which includes the Denver Botanic Gardens. A large open lawn comprises the mid-section of this neighborhood park, making it ideal for lounging, walking the dog, or soaking up one of Colorado's 300 days of sun. Runners jam the footpaths that circle the park. A small playground for kids hides in a grove of trees.

Denver, CO, United States
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Denver Zoo

Where else can you visit polar ice caps, a tropical forest, the African Savannah, and a jungle all in one day? The spectacular Denver zoo offers state-of-the-art habitats featuring more than 3500 animals representing 600 species. Visit with sloths, tree frogs, and a moray eel at the indoor Tropical Discovery exhibit. Or wander through the seven-acre Primate Panorama exhibit. From cold climate penguins to tropical flamingos, Bird World will inspire your appreciation of winged things. It is open 365 days a year.

Denver, CO, United States
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Washington Park

This 155-acre (63-hectare) park is home to two formal gardens, one of which is a replica of George Washington's garden at Mount Vernon. The park is always full of walkers, joggers and bicyclists taking advantage of the trails and roads that encompass and dissect the entire grounds. Fishing on the park's two lakes is popular and there are also greens for lawn bowling, tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, plenty of space for volleyball games and a recreation center with an indoor pool.

Denver, CO, United States
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Four Mile Historic Park

This preserved park features three barns complete with chicken coops and root cellars on 12 acres (4.85 hectares) of land. Children can pan for gold or pick a pumpkin in during the spooky season. Carriage rides are available for the entire family on weekends. The park provides guided tours of the Four Mile House, the oldest standing home in the city.

Denver, CO, United States
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Colorado Trout Hunters

Colorado Trout Hunters provides Colorado fly fishing guide trips and instruction on blue-ribbon trout streams. The tour has great year round fly fishing opportunities, including fishing on small streams, rivers and high mountain lakes. All fly fishing trips and lessons are easily accessible from Denver. Colorado Trout Hunters has professional Colorado guides.

Morrison, CO, United States
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South Platte Park & Carson Nature Center

This park encompasses 880 acres (356 hectares), including a section of the South Platte River. Ecosystems along the flood plain include riparian woodlands, grasslands and wetlands. As a result of this diversity, the area is teeming with an assortment of wildlife. The Theo L. Carson Nature Center, located in the park, offers interactive displays, which detail the history of the South Platte River and its plants and animals.

Littleton, CO, United States
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Red Rocks Park

Set ablaze by the fervent glow of the sun, the scarlet magnetism of the Red Rocks park is compelling as it is humbling. Looming sentinels of gradient-red sandstone cliffs pierce the skies in this geological wonderland that lies nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Quirkily christened for their shape and form, some of the formations include the Seat of Pluto and the Cave of the Seven Ladders. However, one of the most winning features of this rose-tinted rock park that has received much exposure over the years, is the Red Rocks Amphitheater. This unique outdoor venue, a sweeping concert stage corralled by a fleet of towering boulders miraculously lends itself to the excellent acoustics and has previously hosted legends like the Beatles and John Denver.

Morrison, CO, United States
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White Ranch Park

This locals' favorite is considered by many to be the best and most difficult single-track mountain biking terrain along the Front Range. From the notorious, heart-pounding climb up rocky Belcher Hill Trail to the thrilling descents down the Maverick or Longhorn Trails, it offers 18 miles (30 kilometers) of multi-use trails. Hiking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing are also popular activities. The park also maintains two campsites for backpackers and horse packers. Most riders begin at the east entrance to the park. A must visit for the camping fans.

Golden, CO, United States
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Deer Creek Canyon Park

This diverse park, which includes over nine miles of hiking trails, can satisfy any outdoor fix without requiring a drive far out of the city. The area was once a favorite hunting ground of Ute and Arapahoe Indians. Even Jesse James was a frequent visitor in his later years. The trails are open for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Littleton, CO, United States
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