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Where You Need to Go to Appreciate Denver’s Gorgeous Scenery

Sunset over Denver cityscape, aerial view from the city park
Dhinesh Manuel
Written by Dhinesh Manuel

Denver = Great natural beauty. It’s a no-brainer, really. If you find yourself at the foothills of the Rockies in the Mile-High City, then make sure you soak up all its amazing scenery at these important stop-off points.

With almost 300 days of sunshine and a location that perches it amidst the majestic Rocky Mountains, Denver is an unbelievably beautiful place. Here is how you can grab a glimpse of heaven in this one-of-kind city in Colorado!
Confluence Park
Denver has a rugged, outdoorsy appeal, and with its great natural beauty, that comes as no surprise. The city is filled with parks, 2,500 acres of them, to be precise, which makes it one of the greenest cities in the US! Confluence Park is a great place to start in your search for awesome Denver scenery. The park was originally a large campsite during the Colorado Gold Rush and is popular for having easy access to Class II rapids.
Inspiration Point Park
If you want a better view of the Rocky Mountains, then Inspiration Point Park, just northwest of downtown, is the spot. You will be able to see the mountains towering impressively from behind the northern suburbs of the city.
Sloan's Lake
Another great view of the city and its mountainous backdrop can be experienced from Sloan’s Lake. The lake is conveniently located just west of downtown and is a favorite summertime hangout for boaters and jet skiers. Even during the frigid winters, you can still get great views of the snow-capped mountains – just don’t think about jumping in for a dip!
South Platte River
The scenic South Platte River snakes through Denver and is the perfect place to test your kayaking skills. The river offers plenty of variety in terms of rapids, so you can paddle down for a wild ride or just drift through some peaceful stretches. South Platte is also famous for fly fishing, and its abundant population of trout makes it a popular spot for enthusiasts.
Red Rocks Park
You can’t go to Denver and not hike! There’s no better way to appreciate the city’s breathtaking natural beauty than to go on a trek. A lot of great trails are only about 40 minutes away from the heart of the city and are well worth the trip. As a starting point, Red Rocks Park gives you plenty of easy trails and the Trading Post Loop will take you through 10 of the park’s most well-known rock formations.
Mount Falcon Park
Just a short 20-minute drive from Red Rocks will place you at Mount Falcon Park, which has longer trails with more panoramic views of Denver. If you’re traveling with young children, make sure to take the more stroller-friendly Tower Trail and remember to pack yourself some lunch and a bottle of wine so you can stop at the Eagle Eye Shelter to enjoy a lovely picnic.
Echo Mountain
Denver’s iconic snow-capped mountains are also the perfect playground if you’re the winter sport enthusiast. Just take the less-than-an-hour drive to Echo Mountain, where you can ski and snowboard with the help of the resort’s 3 lifts and 15 trails. Bit of a night owl as well? Echo Mountain is one of just two resorts that offers night skiing as well – now that’s pretty cool!
Winter Park Resort
If you’re REALLY into skiing and want to hit more pro-level runs, then take on the slopes at the larger Winter Park Resort. Don’t forget to get your phone ready for some amazing Instagram-worthy shots at the 12,000-feet-high Mary Jane Peak – it’s breathtaking!
Lookout Mountain Park
If you’re the type who’s not up for hiking, biking, or skiing when on holiday, then an easy option is to just drive 20 minutes up to the foothills of the Rockies to Lookout Mountain Park, where you can enjoy views of Denver and its picturesque surrounds – all from the comfort of your car! While you’re at Lookout Mountain Park, make sure to stop by the Lookout Mountain Nature Center, which has a ton of great resources about all the beautiful surroundings you can experience while in Denver. Plus, there are interactive exhibits about the flora and fauna of the foothills and a special hands-on play room and observation room for kids.
With almost 300 days of sunshine and a location that perches it amidst the majestic Rocky Mountains, Denver is an unbelievably beautiful place. Here is how you can grab a glimpse of heaven in this one-of-kind city in Colorado!
With almost 300 days of sunshine an...
Confluence Park
Denver has a rugged, outdoorsy appeal, and with its great natural beauty, that comes as no surprise. The city is filled with parks, 2,500 acres of them, to be precise, which makes it one of the greenest cities in the US! Confluence Park is a great place to start in your search for awesome Denver scenery. The park was originally a large campsite during the Colorado Gold Rush and is popular for having easy access to Class II rapids.
Confluence Park
Denver has a rugged, outdoorsy appe...
Inspiration Point Park
If you want a better view of the Rocky Mountains, then Inspiration Point Park, just northwest of downtown, is the spot. You will be able to see the mountains towering impressively from behind the northern suburbs of the city.
Inspiration Point Par
If you want a better view of the Ro...
Sloan's Lake
Another great view of the city and its mountainous backdrop can be experienced from Sloan’s Lake. The lake is conveniently located just west of downtown and is a favorite summertime hangout for boaters and jet skiers. Even during the frigid winters, you can still get great views of the snow-capped mountains – just don’t think about jumping in for a dip!
Sloan's Lake
Another great view of the city and ...
South Platte River
The scenic South Platte River snakes through Denver and is the perfect place to test your kayaking skills. The river offers plenty of variety in terms of rapids, so you can paddle down for a wild ride or just drift through some peaceful stretches. South Platte is also famous for fly fishing, and its abundant population of trout makes it a popular spot for enthusiasts.
South Platte River
The scenic South Platte River snake...
Red Rocks Park
You can’t go to Denver and not hike! There’s no better way to appreciate the city’s breathtaking natural beauty than to go on a trek. A lot of great trails are only about 40 minutes away from the heart of the city and are well worth the trip. As a starting point, Red Rocks Park gives you plenty of easy trails and the Trading Post Loop will take you through 10 of the park’s most well-known rock formations.
Red Rocks Park
You can’t go to Denver and not hi...
Mount Falcon Park
Just a short 20-minute drive from Red Rocks will place you at Mount Falcon Park, which has longer trails with more panoramic views of Denver. If you’re traveling with young children, make sure to take the more stroller-friendly Tower Trail and remember to pack yourself some lunch and a bottle of wine so you can stop at the Eagle Eye Shelter to enjoy a lovely picnic.
Mount Falcon Park
Just a short 20-minute drive from R...
Echo Mountain
Denver’s iconic snow-capped mountains are also the perfect playground if you’re the winter sport enthusiast. Just take the less-than-an-hour drive to Echo Mountain, where you can ski and snowboard with the help of the resort’s 3 lifts and 15 trails. Bit of a night owl as well? Echo Mountain is one of just two resorts that offers night skiing as well – now that’s pretty cool!
Echo Mountain
Denver’s iconic snow-capped mount...
Winter Park Resort
If you’re REALLY into skiing and want to hit more pro-level runs, then take on the slopes at the larger Winter Park Resort. Don’t forget to get your phone ready for some amazing Instagram-worthy shots at the 12,000-feet-high Mary Jane Peak – it’s breathtaking!
Winter Park Resort
If you’re REALLY into skiing and ...
Lookout Mountain Park
If you’re the type who’s not up for hiking, biking, or skiing when on holiday, then an easy option is to just drive 20 minutes up to the foothills of the Rockies to Lookout Mountain Park, where you can enjoy views of Denver and its picturesque surrounds – all from the comfort of your car! While you’re at Lookout Mountain Park, make sure to stop by the Lookout Mountain Nature Center, which has a ton of great resources about all the beautiful surroundings you can experience while in Denver. Plus, there are interactive exhibits about the flora and fauna of the foothills and a special hands-on play room and observation room for kids.
Lookout Mountain Park
If you’re the type who’s not up...

 

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, hop a cheap flight to Denver, and experience a slice of heaven on earth!

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Dhinesh Manuel

Dhinesh Manuel

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