Best of luck to you.
There are great trails throughout Boulder County, If you prefer running in the mountains, I would suggest anywhere in the eastern part of Boulder City for foothills trails â€“â€“ Mount Sanitas has some great trails, there also are some wonderful trails in the north part of the city near Dakota Ridge, Wonderland Lake and areas around Chautauqua. The link below from Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks will give you a lot of information. But Boulder City is not the only place to look for great trails. You also can find many at the Boulder County website. Try this page: http://www.bouldercounty.org/government/dept/pages/pos.aspx
And, of course, other cities in Boulder County have their own trails. Let me know if there is a specific Boulder County area that appeals to you and I will get you more info,
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There are also great rails that run all along C-470. These trails link up to hundreds of others.
I think anywhere you go in Colorado, you will always be close to trail running and that is one of the things I love most about this beautiful place.
Feel free to call me anytime if you'd like to chat about any specific areas or grab a quick coffee when you get here!
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If you want to run up a mountain, then the city of Boulder is where you want to be. Check out Baseline Road.
Longmont has some awesome trails, too. The city straddles two creeks. Plenty of wildlife use the nature areas - and just about all of town for that matter. Boulder has a few big cats you have to keep an eye on. And, a rare black bear wanders through the area once and a while. The wildlife is true for most of the Front Range.
I see red foxes in my Longmont neighborhood. Deer are all over the place. And, I hear that an occasional coyote finds a home near the cities.
As for some inspiration, nothing beats the sight of the Rockies to greet you when heading back from a run. This is the life.
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If you are asking about mountain trail running that's going to be along the Foothills (think: Westside) and also in Southwestern Denver. Since Denver is bordered by the Rocky Mountain Range on the West you will find more challenging runs there.
I am a downtown person but, like you, a trail needs to be within walking distance. The downtown area is saturated with trails that run along Cherry Creek and South Platte River. Also, you can find some great park runs around City Park, Wash Park, Sloans Lake, Rocky Mountain Lake, Cheesman. I'm sure that doesn't narrow down the area for you but the good news is that is the norm around Denver--over 300 miles of recreational paths that span through the entire city. It's probably better to target a few areas that fit your lifestyle and ask about the specific trail running in those areas.
Check out the link below