Recreation

The region’s mild climate and high emphasis on wellness combine to make it one of the most active and healthiest in the country. With the nation’s largest public parks system, 42 state parks, four national parks, and 11 world-class ski resorts in the metro area’s backyard, prime recreations opportunities abound.

Outdoors opportunities for Energetic Bodies

Colorado State Parks, with support from many Metro Denver counties and communities, has an ambitious plan to create a continuous trail linking the Front Range's diverse communities with a multi-use trail running from New Mexico to Wyoming. The Colorado Front Range Trail (CFRT) will link existing and planned trail systems with new trail corridors to create an extensive pathway system that connects Colorado's population centers.

  • The City and County of Denver maintains more than 200 city and mountain parks and eight state parks in or immediately outside of the seven-county Metro Denver region. According to WalletHub’s 2015 report, Denver is a top-10 city for recreation based on 27 metrics, including number of entertainment and recreation facilities, quality of parks, and walkability. 
  • One of the longest recreational trails in the Metro Denver area, the High Line Canal Trail, runs 66 miles connecting Douglas, Arapahoe, and Denver Counties.
  • State, federal, and local government entities in the Denver Regional Council of Governments' metropolitan planning area, which includes most of the seven-county region, have preserved more than 374,000 acres of open space for future generations to enjoy.
  • The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Amendment to the state constitution gives a portion of state lottery proceeds to projects that preserve, protect, and enhance Colorado's outdoors. GOCO has invested in 3,400 projects throughout Colorado since its inception. GOCO announced in 2015 that it will commit $25 million to get children outside playing. Gov. John Hickenlooper also created the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, aimed at managing Colorado’s $4.2 billion recreation industry. 

Helpful links:

Metro Denver Open Space websites (by county):

Northern Colorado Open Space websites (by county):