Lose yourself on one of our recommended hour-long walking routes in Denver that includes parks, pedestrianized streets, and historic landmarks to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Mile High.
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distance: 2.3 miles
Highlights: Cheesman Park, Snarf’s, Voodoo Donuts, Lincoln-Humboldt’s 11th Street pedestrian mall and the Molly Brown House
The lowdown: This gorgeous walk on Capitol Hill has it all – history, haunted parks, beautiful greenery, old mansions and donuts. Start your walk in beautiful Cheesman Park and marvel at the rolling green hills that actually exist Mass graves. If that’s a bit morbid for you, head west along 11th Avenue, which is pedestrian only, and enjoy the throng of 1920s apartment complexes that residents live in. Then turn right on Pennsylvania Street to pay your respects to the unsinkable Molly Brown who survived the Titanic and who is historical The home is testament to the resilience of Denver residents. Follow the street to quaint 16th Street (very different from the 16th Street Mall) before heading southeast on Park Avenue for a take-away donut from Voodoo. Enjoy it on your way home or to the park as a small reward for all the steps you’ve just gone through.
Distance: 3.1 miles
Highlights: Smith & Canon Ice Cream, City Park, Weathervane Cafe, 16th Street Pedestrian Walk, Castle Marne Bed and Breakfast
The lowdown: Are you looking for a dose of city and park? This loop is for you. Walk down 16th Street where you will pass Castle Marne. You can admire the history of this mansion from the street – the exterior structure is made of rusted native lava rock known as Castle Rock Rhyolite, which is quarried in Castle Rock, Colorado. Look carefully (but not too closely), it’s made up mostly of quartz, mica, and feldspar and sparkles during the day. Continue to East High School Boardwalk and City Park to soak up the tranquility of Ferril Lake and discover a beautiful new art installation in the abandoned lily ponds. Don’t forget to stop at Smith & Canon Ice Cream Co. on road.
Distance: 2.8 miles
Highlights: Whittier Cafe, Fuller Park, George Morrison Sr. Park, Genna Raes, Sweet Sweetz
The Lowdown: Take a weekend afternoon to explore the historically black neighborhoods of Whittier and Cole. Despite its proximity to the city center, the area is a residential oasis full of large courtyards, parks and neighborhood markets. Begin your stroll at a local gem, Whittier Cafe, for a coffee and breakfast burrito or panini to go. The Ethiopian owned cafe also has a spacious terrace if you want to take a moment. Then take 25th Street and turn right onto Humboldt. Go around Manual High School to Fuller Park – the second oldest park in Denver. If you’ve brought a puppy with you, there will be one spacious dog park to let them roam free. Next, You’ll take a tour of a number of mini-parks, all named after American heroes and black icons. Stop at each park and read a little about them with the links for them: Frederick Douglass, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, Mrs. CJ Walker, and Colorado’s George Morrison Sr. Then head up Bruce Randolph Avenue, named for another great black Denverite, and swing from Carnegie Lofts to accommodate an old library that has been converted into apartment buildings. End your day with a stroll back to Fuller Park. When you’re hungry, we’ll share a neighborhood secret – Genna Raes. The Caribbean soul food eatery is take-away only and a perfect place to grab a bite to eat before you spread out in the park. However, since we promised ice cream at every stop, you can also head to Sweet Sweetz on the Street – another black-owned store – known for its inventive flavors, including playing Dole Whip.
Distance: 2.7 miles
Highlights: Little Man Ice Cream Factory, Sloan’s Lake, pedestrian only Byron Place Zenobia to Stuart, Lake Middle School
The lowdown: Need an escape from the city that is still within 10 mile driving limits? This Sloan’s Lake loop will quench your itch for the great outdoors. Starting on Zenobia Street, which is currently closed to cars, head south for unobstructed views of downtown Denver. If you want to increase your mileage and grab a scoop from Little Man’s ice cream factory, feel free to head to Colfax. If you continue the approx. 5 km long loop of the sea, you will come across something Lake Middle School, The most distinctive structure in the region due to its Moorish architecture combined with decorative lights and soaring features that give the school a medieval look.
Distance: 3.1 miles
Highlights: Cute cow, wash park, lakes, only for pedestrians, history: Old South Pearl
The lowdown: We recommend this hike on a Sunday from May 17th, 2020 to the end of September, when the Farmers markets happen. Stock up on your local groceries and specialties and pick up on Sweet Cow for the extra energy you need for a stroll through Wash Park. Washington Park is mostly only accessible to pedestrians and bikers, so it’s sure to put the cherry on top of your perfect Sunday.
Funny fact: Did you know South Pearl Street was a trolley route in 1893?
distance: 2.7 miles
Highlights: Santa Fe Arts District, Sunken Gardens, S. Broadway, Eggen’s violin shop, Lincoln Park story
The lowdown: Even if the art walks are interrupted, you can still roam the streets and enjoy virtual art tours Here. You can still appreciate the art and architecture from the safety of the sidewalks. Step on your way back and forth Sunken gardens, a true hidden gem of a park on Speed Boulevard.
Distance: 3.1 miles
Highlights: Frozen Matter, Capitol, Civic Center Park, Pedestrian Bannock / 11./16., Brown Palace, art museums, Brown Palace Hotel
The lowdown: Museums, parks, art, this walk covers the heart of all things Denver. Even if you can’t enter any of the facilities without a reservation, areas like the Denver Art Museum and Civic Center Park are filled with outdoor art – ready for you to appreciate. If you’d like to extend your walk past the Capitol Building, head east to admire it Molly Brown House Museum On the way back to the city center, check out Frozen Matter for organic ice cream.
Distance: 3.1 miles
Highlights: City park, Spinellis market, Montview, bike path, Park Hill, Italian spy house
The lowdown: Have you ever explored the east side of the city park? Just behind the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is an unparalleled view of the city. Continue east to find the Park Hill neighborhood as well as Spinelli Market, which has been a Park Hill staple since 1994. You will also find the unique architecture of the Italian spy house on the corner of Ash and Montview – representative of the varied mix of different architectural styles from the 20th century found in this neighborhood.
Distance: 2.9 miles
Highlights: RiNo Arts District, Curtis Park, Champa Street for pedestrians, history:Five points, Denver Fire Station # 3
The lowdown:: This walking tour takes you through Denver’s past and present and covers some of Denver’s oldest and newest neighborhoods. Starting at Five Points, you’ll start at # 3 Denver Fire Station, built in 1931 and previously the only fire station manned by an African-American crew in the city until the division was disbanded in 1958. It continues with the legendary Rossonian Hotel, the former cornerstone of the thriving jazz scene from Denver’s Five Points. Once called “Harlem of the West”, all out Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Ella Fitzgerald took refuge there. When you’re dehydrated, head to Coffee at the Point for a variety of coffee shop offerings or Rosenberg’s for a bagel while you continue. Next, explore the beautiful Curtis Park architecture This offers everything from Italian, Eastlake, Queen Anne and Victorian homes. Stop by on a stroll through Champa The Black American West Museum. Although closed due to COVID-19, you can read about their mission here. Then you can circle Mestizo-Curtis Park was developed in 1868, making it the oldest park in the city. Next, go on the second leg of your walk – RiN0 Art District. Known for its rapid development, the area consists mostly of new businesses and is home to many craft breweries. However, the most distinctive features can be found on the walls – many artists have worked to reclaim the history of the new neighborhood with murals and street art. Every September around a hundred artists are invited to repaint polished walls during the annual CRUSH WALLS festival. This year is planned for September 14th to 20th. We strongly encourage you to check it out. In the meantime, the The best places to see murals are in the alleys between Larimer and Walnut Streets With a pedestrian walk behind Denver Central Market that you can’t miss. If you’d like to pay your respects to Elijah McClain and Breonna Taylor, also check out their murals painted by the Spray Their Name project. You can find them at Epic Brewing or Erico Motorsports. Once you’ve finished your walk, you can end the day by grabbing a scoop at the High Point Creamery in Denver Central Market and thinking about where Denver has been and where it’s going.
Highlights: Larimer Square, Union Station, 16th Street Mall, Brown Palace, History: Larimer place, Brown Palace
The lowdown: There is no place as rich in history and attractions as downtown Denver. Start your stroll at either end of the 16th Street Mall and discover the rich history and architecture along the way. In fact, Larimer Street was owned by Denver first main street in 1861. Be sure to do it The brown palace A stop on what is often referred to as “the most elegant hotel in Denver”.
Fun fact: when it was completed in 1881, Denver Union Station was the largest structure in the west.