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10 Microadventures Out of Denver

02.16.18

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  • Sunset over the South Platte.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Hikers and runners also frequent Waterton Canyon.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Bikers of all levels use the Waterton Canyon Trail.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Red Rocks Amphitheater.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • View of downtown Denver from the Red Rocks Amphitheater.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Red Rocks Amphitheater.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Eldorado Canyon.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Eldorado Canyon State Park.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Eldorado Canyon State Park day use picnic area.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • View of lower Red Rocks from the Castle Trail Hike.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • View of upper Red Rocks from Castle Trail.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Castle Trail Hike.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Sawmill Hikers Campground is a hike-in campground located 1 mile from the parking lot.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • View of metro Denver from Sawmill Hikers Campground.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • The wilderness here is fantastic.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Some sites at Prospector Campground have nice views of the water.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Overlook of Prospector Campground on Swan Mountain Road.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Boulder Creek at Eben G. Fine Park.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Floaters making their way down the South Platte River at Confluence Park.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Floaters making their way down the South Platte River at Confluence Park.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • View of the South Platte River just downstream from Confluence Park.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • One of the rock features on Little Scraggy.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Little Scraggy has great rock ledges to inspire confidence and have loads of fun riding.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Little Scraggy.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Little Scraggy Trail.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Elk Meadow Bergen Peak Loop.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Bergen Peak Loop.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Big views from the top of Bergen Peak loop.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Bergen Peak Loop- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
  • Eben G. Fine Park.- 10 Microadventures Out of Denver
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Microadventures are shorter, easily achievable activities you can complete after or before work, on the weekend without too much travel, and throughout your work week without taking time off. They are a great way to fuel your inner adventurer while still juggling your various responsibilities, including work, family, social life, etc.

In most cities, microadventures are usually small excursion that are often suitable for beginners or those who like to get after it on a smaller scale. In Denver, however, outdoor recreation reigns supreme and your options for microadventures are kicked up a notch compared to other regions in the country.

Don’t get us wrong; we all have to start somewhere, and sometimes those shorter adventures are perfect even after we progress as outdoor adventurers. But in Denver, you don’t have to sacrifice hardcore experiences because of time or proximity to the city.

Here are 10 reasons why Denver is the perfect city for an outdoor enthusiasts looking to get outside and still live a balanced life--and they all are considered microadventures because they are close to or within the city and easily accomplished in just a few stoke-worthy hours.

  1. Mountain biking: Elk Meadow + Bergen Peak Loop
  2. Hike and bike: Waterton Canyon
  3. Run stairs: Red Rock Amphitheater & Park
  4. Rock climb: Eldorado Canyon
  5. Hike: Castle Trail
  6. Camp: Sawmill Hikers Campground
  7. Swim: Eben G. Fine Park
  8. Mountain biking: Little Scraggy
  9. Camp: Prospector Campground
  10. Kayak, float and swim: Confluence Park
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