Distance from Denver: 27 miles; 40-minute drive
Mt. Falcon is no secret to the mountain bikers, weekend warriors with dogs, and women with sweaters wrapped around their waists who populate the trail almost every weekend. The trail is easy and lined with mountain vistas, wild flowers, a burnt-down old mansion, and a cornerstone to the summer White House. But skip that nonsense and wait for a chance to hike at night to experience what makes Mt. Falcon different. Looking out east, about three miles into the trail, you’ll notice Red Rocks Amphitheater. If you’re smart, it’s the night of a show, and you brought blankets, some grub, and a six-pack. The booming of Red Rocks is easily heard, and few take advantage of the spectacle of a show and the flickering lights of a sleeping Denver.