Colorado families have access to thousands of miles of stunning trails spanning 41 state parks, two national grasslands, four national parks, eight national monuments, 11 national forests, and 14ers galore. Better still, Colorado’s backcountry was made for youth. From dinosaur-themed day hikes and cliff dwellings to elk crossings, beaver dams, and secret waterfalls, the state’s expansive trail network is a natural playground and classroom for kids of all ages. Hiking with Kids Colorado guides parents to 52 of the best hikes to take with kids in the state, walkable for all—toddlers to teens.
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Jamie Siebrase grew up in the city, on asphalt tennis courts and groomed soccer fields. Her first camping trip was a three-day, hike-in, teambuilding excursion with AmeriCorps St. Louis — and after that, she was hooked. Jamie has hiked all over Colorado with her husband and children from their home base in Denver. When she isn’t on an adventure, she’s writing features for a variety of publications, including Outside, Trail Runner and Elevation Outdoors. Her long-form journalism has appeared on the cover of Westword, and she was a guest columnist for The Denver Post. Jamie’s sons, Jon and Brian, share their mom’s enthusiasm for hiking. Their stamp of approval ensures selected hikes are actually fun for kids.