7 Epic Denver Suburbs for Thrill Seekers

Oct 26, 2022

Where locals go for an adrenaline rush.

From hitting the trails and slopes to mountain biking, camping, whitewater rafting local rivers and more, there’s so much to get out and do in the Denver suburbs. So where to search if you constantly crave your next adventure? These sought-after spots, with endless opportunities to get your adrenaline pumping. 

#1. Boulder

Just 30 miles north of Denver, many people opt to commute from Boulder – but with tons of trendy restaurants and a regular lineup of festivals, why leave? 

Above all, Boulder is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Given the altitude, top-notch endurance sports facilities, and everything from retail to recovery services, elite athletes train here year-round. But even if you aren’t Olympic-bound, there’s still lots to do, including mountain biking, hiking, skiing, bouldering and even hot air ballooning.

Adventurous athletes can also train for the Boulder Ironman, which showcases some of the area’s best trails and rock climbers can traverse the routes in the Flatirons (there are some great hiking trails here, too) or the nearby Eldorado Canyon. Plus, Rocky Mountain National Park is just an hour’s drive from town.

#2. Morrison

Morrison, a tiny town less than 20 miles west of Denver, is best known for its iconic Red Rocks. Not only are the Red Rocks a well-renowned music venue but this area is also maintained as a park for hikers and bikes. If you’re really looking to sweat, join the runners who sprint up the amphitheater stairs as part of their daily workouts. 

Bear Creek Lake Park, in neighboring Lakewood, is another hotspot for adventure-seekers. Here you can windsurf, mountain bike, swim, hike or camp. If you’re into drag racing, the Bandimere Speedway hosts more than 90 events throughout the summer. There’s even a go-kart track nearby if you’re feeling inspired by the professionals.

#3. Littleton

Hikers and bikers love Littleton. And with its 1,400 acres of green space and 200 miles of trails, it’s easy to see why. This is a good option for people who enjoy spending time outside but aren’t always looking for intense thrills. Hudson Gardens is a popular spot in town for picnics and scenic strolls plus locals can apply to join the garden’s community beekeeping program. 

Chatfield State Park is a year-round natural playground. During the warmer months, it’s a favorite with boaters, swimmers and stand-up paddleboarders. Once it snows, locals use the park for snowmobiling and ice fishing. You can even camp here throughout the year if you’re looking for a relaxing staycation.

#4. ​​Idaho Springs 

Idaho Springs was one of Colorado’s first gold rush towns and you can still pan for gold at the historic Argo Mill. Today, this town attracts active residents who want easy access to the outdoors. Clear Creek, where some prospectors actually struck gold, is now a favorite with white water rafters. For even more thrills, residents can sign up for zipline tours with the Colorado Adventure Center.

When winter hits, locals can be on the slopes in the nearby Loveland Ski Area in about half an hour. St. Mary’s Glacier is an incredibly scenic place to take a snowshoe hike. And when residents want to relax after all of their adventures, there’s nothing better than soaking at Indian Hot Springs.

#5. Evergreen

About 30 miles outside of Denver, Evergreen feels like a quaint mountain town. While many locals appreciate the town’s slower pace of life, there are still plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures. The scenic Evergreen Lake is perfect for boating, paddleboarding, ice skating and hockey. Alderfer/Three Sisters Park offers locals a stunning place to go hiking, horseback riding and rock climbing. Looking for more thrills? Consider signing up for hang gliding lessons if you move to town.

#6. Golden

Nestled in the foothills of the Rockies, Golden has gained a reputation as one of the best cycling towns in the country. Bikers can utilize more than 20 miles of trails in town or test their skills on the nearby Lookout Mountain trails. In addition to biking, locals enjoy kayaking, tubing and fishing on Clear Creek. Plus, there are tons of opportunities for rock climbing and horseback riding just outside of town.

In the winter, the thrills don’t have to stop. Many residents enjoy snowshoeing the nearby trails and some even try ice climbing.

#7. Westminster 

Westminster’s prime location (just 10 miles from Denver) is especially appealing to young professionals and anyone commuting to the city. But nature lovers also appreciate all of the outdoor adventures this community has to offer. There are more than 150 miles of hiking and cycling trails in town and Standley Lake is a go-to for kayaking and paddleboarding.

If you have thrill-seeking kids in your crew, the ropes course and go-kart track at Adventure Golf & Raceway are always a bit hit. The summertime favorite Water World park is also just a few minutes from town. 

Finding “home” is about more than just closing on the perfect house – it’s also about discovering the town that fits with your lifestyle. That’s where we come in. Schedule a strategy session today so we can help narrow in on the towns that are right for you.

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