10 Best Hikes Near Denver to See Wildflowers

Colorado offers stunning wildflower displays, especially in the spring and summer months. Here are ten best hikes near Denver to see wildflowers within a two-hour drive:

Mount Evans Wilderness Area: Drive up Mount Evans Scenic Byway and hike along one of the many trails in the area. We recommend the Chicago Lakes Trail or the Mount Evans Summit Trail for beautiful wildflower views.

Approximately 1.5 hours from Denver.

Colorado’s state flower, the Colorado Blue Columbine

St. Mary’s Glacier: This moderate hike near Idaho Springs offers stunning views of wildflowers in bloom. Peak is typical in late spring and early summer.

About 1 hour from Denver.

Herman Gulch trail, wildflower hikes near Denver
Herman Gulch Trail

Herman Gulch Trail: Located off Interstate 70, this trail is known for its vibrant wildflowers, particularly in June and July. The hike leads to stunning alpine lakes surrounded by peaks.

Around 1 hour from Denver.

A fuzzy bumblebee gathers pollen from a wildflower in Rocky Mountain Arsenal
A fuzzy bumblebee gathers pollen from a wildflower in Rocky Mountain Arsenal

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge: Just northeast of Denver. This refuge offers easy trails where you can spot a variety of wildflowers and wildlife. You can also drive the loop if you prefer.

Within 30 minutes from Denver.

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Betasso Preserve Loop: This loop trail near Boulder offers a moderate hike through forests and meadows filled with wildflowers. Peak is typically in the spring months.

Approximately 45 minutes from Denver.

Stunning wildflowers and views Chautauqua Park, Colorado
Stunning wildflowers and views Chautauqua Park, Colorado

Chautauqua Park: Another Boulder gem, Chautauqua Park offers several trails with diverse wildflower displays, including the popular Royal Arch Trail.

Around 45 minutes from Denver.

Stunning Mountain View from Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado
Stunning Mountain View from Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Golden Gate Canyon State Park: Within an hour’s drive from Denver. This park features numerous trails with wildflower-filled meadows and scenic mountain views.

Devil’s Head Lookout Trail: Near Sedalia. This moderate hike offers panoramic views of the surrounding forests and valleys dotted with wildflowers.

About 1 hour from Denver.

Wildflowers on full display in Mount Falcon Park
Wildflowers on full display in Mount Falcon Park

Mount Falcon Park: Just west of Denver, this park offers several trails with wildflower displays and panoramic views of the Front Range.

Approximately 30 minutes from Denver.

Wildflowers surrounding Red Rocks in Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews/Winters Park: Located next to Red Rocks Park. This park offers easy to moderate trails with wildflower displays and views of the unique rock formations in the area.

Within 30 minutes from Denver.

Make sure to check out Dinosaur Ridge, only a 5 minute drive from Matthews/Winters and a Colorado must-see.

Remember to check trail conditions and seasonal wildflower forecasts before heading out. Bloom times can vary depending on weather and elevation. Additionally, respect any trail regulations and Leave No Trace principles to preserve these beautiful natural areas for future generations.