Outdoor Recreation

Explore and connect with the natural world, spending time outdoors is good for you!

Parks, Open Spaces & Trails

Wheat Ridge has wonderful parks, open spaces and trails for free, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities including:

  • Biking
  • Bird-viewing
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Gold Panning
  • Hiking
  • Running
  • Walking
  • Gardening 

View our parks listing for more information including locations and amenities.

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Outdoor Recreation For active adults 50+

Check out the current Activity Guide for upcoming outdoor recreation fun!


Most Thursday mornings, walk with a group of other active older adults who love spending time outdoors and connecting with people. 

Walks are one hour and take place at various locations around the Denver metro area and the foothills on concrete paths or natural surface trails. Most destinations are below 9,000 feet elevation with a mild incline and minimal trail obstacles. 


Explore Colorado's natural beauty on all-day excursions offered May through November!

Each hike may be up to 5 miles and take approximately 3 to 4 hours, including time for a lunch break. The trip guide sets the pace and determines the route for hikes. Group size is 8 to 14 hikers plus the trip guide. Trail conditions vary with rocks, roots, incline, mud, ice, etc. 

Choose hikes with a rating that matches your ability. Trip ratings are listed on our online registration platform, and in print materials. 

  • Easy – Up to 400’ gain; elevation up to 9,000’  
  • Moderate – Up to 800’ gain; elevation may exceed 9,000’ 
  • Hard – Up to 1,200’ gain; elevation may exceed 10,000’  


Winter doesn't stop Coloradans from enjoying the great outdoors - it brings new adventures!

Skiing and snowshoeing/cross country skiing trips are scheduled December through March and are published in the Winter/Spring Activity Guide.


Registration opens for 50+ Outdoor Recreation for the whole season as follows:

Winter/Spring (Jan-Apr): Th, 12/14/23 Residents; F, 12/15/23 Non-residentsSummer (May-Aug): Th, 4/13/23 Residents; F, 4/14/23 Non-residentsFall/Winter (Sep-Dec): Th, 8/10/23 Residents; F, 8/11/23 Non-residents

Register for 50+ Outdoor Recreation programs online or by calling 303-205-7500.

Know Before You Go 

Click here to learn about trip etiquette and expectations. Knowing what to expect supports the group to enjoy positively memorable trips. 

  1. Christine Leahy

    50+ Trip & Outdoor Rec Coordinator