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Denver's five best city walks according to Walking Denver author Mindy Sink

Denver literary guide Mindy Sink wrote for the New York Times for more than ten years of her writing career, but it is her Denver home that she returns to most often in her books. Last year, Sink exercised her feet and her time researching the city's best walks for her latest book, Walking Denver, a list of thirty walks that venture from the heart of Denver up into the foothills. Before she discusses the city and its walks at the Schlessman Family Library at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sink shared her favorites with the Latest Word.

Mile High Loop.
Mile High Loop.

5. Get High

"On the Mile High Loop in City Park and depending on what time of year you go, enjoy the park's shade in the summer, the fall color of the arboretum, and the lilac blossoms in spring."

In the book: Walk No. 14


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Riverside Cemetery.
Riverside Cemetery.

4. If Not Haunted, At Least Kinda Creepy

"With Halloween around the corner, people are drawn to cemeteries. In a state of significant disrepair, Riverside Cemetery lies just to the north of downtown, and given the the barren 'gritscape' (as one wordsmith described it), it can be spooky on a sunny day -- especially when you hardly see another living soul."

In the book: Walk No. 12


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3. Play in the Snow

"Don't let piles of white stuff keep you indoors. This winter, enjoy the Platte River Valley walk, where on any given day you might see cross-country skiers, sledders, snowboarders and fellow pedestrians making the most of Commons Park. The formal Centennial Gardens look so pretty in the snow, too. Stops for hot chocolate included."

In the book: Walk No. 7


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Civic Center Park.
Civic Center Park.

2. Make It A Date

"Short enough that you won't break an unattractive sweat but with enough to see and do to keep the conversation moving, try the Civic Center Park and Golden Triangle Walk. On this walk you will see public art, a park, architecture, more than one museum, art galleries, restaurants, and the Denver Mint."

In the book: Walk No. 2


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Bear Creek Lake Park.
Bear Creek Lake Park.

1. Walk-cation

"For that little jaunt that feels like a very mini-vacation, try the creekside path starting in Morrison and into Bear Creek Lake Park. The soothing sounds of the creek, the crunch of cottonwood leaves underfoot and the open space of the park can change your perspective."

In the book: Walk No. 25


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