Colorado’s Top 10 Trail Runs

Blooming flowers and chirping birds can only mean one thing — it’s running season. With 300 days of sunshine a year, no one can deny Colorado is one of the best places on earth to be a trail runner. From casual jogs to gnarly mountain climbs, here are ten of our favorite trail runs throughout the state.

Mesa Trail, Boulder

A quintessential Boulder run, the Mesa Trail is a great out and back, connecting Chautauqua Park with Eldorado Canyon Road. Soak up striking views of the Flatirons to the west, while the horizon stretches as far as the eye can see to the east. You can also do it as a point-to-point with a shuttle. Either way, end with a meal at the Chautauqua Dining Hall.

Photo credit: City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks

Distance: 13.4 miles (out and back)

Elevation Gain: 801 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Trailhead Info: Park at Chautauqua park in Boulder and take the Bluebell Road to the Mesa Trail

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