The Best Outdoor Activities in Colorado

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Hike to Hanging Lake

Colorado / Hanging Lake Trailhead

Hanging Lake is a beautifully unique natural wonder.

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Climb and Hike in the Garden of the Gods

Colorado / Palmer Trail, Colorado Springs

If you are new to the area a stop by the visitor center can helpful to get a map of the trails and roads in the area as well as obtaining a climbing permit (one is needed to climb and is free).

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Backpack to the 3 Crater Lakes

Colorado / S Boulder Creek Trailhead

After turning on to Co. 16 (Tolland Rd.) from 119 at Rollinsville, drive about 8 miles down the dirt road along South Boulder Creek.

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Strawberry Park Hot Springs

Colorado / Strawberry Park Hot Springs

No matter the time of year, if you are going to be anywhere near Steamboat Springs, Strawberry Park Hot Springs is a can’t-miss experience.

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Hike to King Lake

Colorado / Hessie Trailhead

The normal route from the east side is via the Hessie trailhead outside Nederland Colorado. From the west it is most often accessed via the short trail from Rollins pass, which is open in the summer.

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Backpack to Conundrum Hot Springs

Colorado / Conundrum Creek Trailhead

Start your morning with a coffee in Aspen, then drive out 15 min to the trailhead at the end of Conundrum Creek road.

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Backpack to Mirror and Crater Lakes

Colorado / Monarch Lake Trailhead

Start at the Monarch Lake trailhead (where there is a $5 parking fee unless you have one of the national lands passes) and follow the cascade creek trail around the north side of the lake.

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Hike to Maxwell Falls

Colorado / Maxwell Falls Lower Trailhead

Located just outside of Evergreen, this is beginner hike is a great escape from the city for a few hours.

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Backpack the Four Pass Loop in the Maroon Bells

Colorado / Maroon-Snowmass (Willow Lake) Trail

The Four Pass Loop begins at Maroon Lake, famous for its iconic view of the Maroon Bells (Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak), deemed the “most-photographed spot in Colorado.

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Hike Royal Arch

Colorado / Chautauqua Park Trailhead

Royal Arch Trail climbs up Boulder's famous Chautauqua Park to an archway formed by sandstone rocks that tower over thirty feet high.

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Hike to Sky Pond

Colorado / Glacier Gorge Trailhead

Start at the Glacier Gorge trailhead on Bear Lake Road. Parking is limited so it is advised to get there very early.

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Hike Mt. Ida

Colorado / Milner Pass Trailhead

The hike to Mt. Ida offers some of the most stunning views of Rocky Mountain National Park. How to get there: From the east, take Trail Ridge Road all the way to the west side of the park.

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Hike Panorama Point at Corwina Park

Colorado / Corwina Park

Jefferson County, the "Gateway to the Rockies" has dozens of great parks and trails. One of the best, however, is often overlooked, as it is sandwiched between bigger and more popular parks.

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Hike the Blue Lakes Trail

Colorado / Blue Lakes Trail

Your adventure begins at the Blue Lakes Trailhead, elevation 9400’, in Uncompahgre National Forest.

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Backpack the Ice Lakes Trail

Colorado / Ice Lakes Trailhead

Just north of Silverton, CO, lies the South Mineral Valley which is reachable down a well maintained, and paved dirt road and ends in the South Mineral Campground.

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Hike by Lizard Lake to Crystal Mill

Colorado / Crystal Mill Trailhead

Although the iconic Crystal Mill is the main attraction on this hike, the river that leads you there through the magnificent mountains of the White River National Forest is nothing short of extraordi.

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Capture Sunrise from Lookout Mountain

Colorado / Lookout Mountain TH

Lookout Mountain sits just above Golden and provides one of the best easy-access viewpoints near Denver.

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Explore the Maroon Bells & Snowmass Wilderness

Colorado / Maroon-Snowmass Trailhead

The beautiful and iconic Maroon Bells-Snowmass wilderness is home to some of the most amazing scenery and adventures to be had in all of Colorado.

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Hike 14er Mount Bierstadt

Colorado / Mount Bierstadt

If you’re ready to lose your 14er virginity, Mount Bierstadt holds a reputation for a great “starter” 14er. Of course, experienced climbers will enjoy this (relatively speaking) easy mountain as well.

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Run the Famous Manitou Incline

Colorado / The Incline

If you're ready for a fitness challenge like no other, look no further than the Manitou Incline.

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Hike to Nymph, Dream, Emerald, and Haiyaha Lakes

Colorado / Bear Lake Trailhead

From the Bear Lake Trailhead, the path to Nymph Lake is a moderate paved trail. At the lake there are several places to sit and take in the scenery. This is also where you'll find the most people.

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Drive Rocky Mountain NP's Trail Ridge Road

Colorado / Park Entrance Road

Start by entering Rocky Mountain National Park through Estes Park, Colorado. After acquiring a map start your ascent on Trail Ridge Rd (the road is closed in winter).

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Hike the Eagle's View Trail

Colorado / Reynolds Park

Reynolds Park is part of the Jefferson County Open Space system. Located a few miles south of Conifer, off Hwy 285 on S.

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Explore the Great Sand Dunes

Colorado / High Dune

The Great Sand Dunes are one the most unique landscapes in Colorado. These massive dunes are the tallest sand dunes in North America.

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Hike the Silver Dollar Lake Trail

Colorado / Silver Dollar Lake Trail

Guanella Pass, which connects the charming and historic town of Georgetown in the north to the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Grant to the south, is a recreational outdoorsman’s dream.

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Hike Bear Peak

Colorado / Bear Peak Trailhead

The best advice I can give you? Wake up early to start this hike.

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Catch the Sunrise on Sugarloaf

Colorado / Sugarloaf Mountain Trailhead, Boulder County

To get there from downtown Boulder, head west on CO 119 and almost 4.5 miles after you have left Boulder, turn right onto Sugarloaf Road.

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Explore the Devil's Punch Bowl

Colorado / Devil's Punch Bowl

The Roaring Fork River has several little waterfalls the ends up in a deep swimming hole called The Devil's Punch Bowl. This is a must see if you are driving up to the Independence Pass.

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Hike the Tenderfoot Trail

Colorado / Tenderfoot Trailhead

From Chautauqua Park in Boulder, follow Baseline Road west (if you are driving up the mountain, you are golden). Drive 3.

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Take a Dip in Paradise Cove

Colorado / Paradise Cove Pull-Off

From Colorado Springs, follow RT 24 to the town of Florissant (34.5 miles). From Florissant, follow Teller County Road 1 south for about 9.2 miles, until a Y fork, and bear right, into County Road 11.

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Hike to the 1st Flatiron

Colorado / Chautauqua Park Trailhead

Starting at the ever-popular and ever-populated Chautauqua Trailhead, take the main trail (a highway version of a dirt trail) straight towards the Flatirons.

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Hiking to Heart and Rogers Peak Lakes

Colorado / East Portal

The hike begins at the East Portal Trailhead outside Rollinsville. Start hiking along the South Boulder trail to the right (north) of the very obvious Moffat Rail tunnel.

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Hike to Blue Lake

Colorado / Blue Lake (Brainard Lake Recreational Area)

Located in the Brainard Lake Recreational Area (west of Nederland, CO in the Indian Peaks Wilderness), this gem isn’t exactly a well-kept secret, but it has all the beauty that you could ask for in a.

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Hike Mount Sanitas & Settlers Park

Colorado / Mount Sanitas Trailhead

First off, these are two different hikes but both stem from the same parking lot and Settlers Park is a mere 5 minutes away from where you park so why not kill two birds with one stone? One of the m.

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Hike Mount Sneffels (14,150')

Colorado / Yankee Boy Basin Upper Trailhead

The most common route, sometimes called the standard route or the Lavender Col route, begins at or near the top of Yankee Boy Basin, just outside of Ouray.

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Hike the Eldorado Canyon Trail

Colorado / Eldorado Canyon State Park

Eldorado Canyon Trail makes for a great day hike, with great views and a steady, challenging uphill – bring lots of water! For something shorter, try Streamside Trail (1 mile roundtrip), Fowler Trai.

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Hike to Mystic Falls, CO

Colorado / Mystic Falls Trailhead

I've been visiting Telluride, CO for the last 20 years, and I'd never once heard of this place. Mystic Falls is not marked on any map I've ever seen.

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Hiking the Indian Peaks Wilderness' Lost Lake

Colorado / Lost Lake

Lost Lake of the Indian Peaks Wilderness area is a scenic short hike (about 3 hours) with a lot to see.

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Hike to Chasm Lake

Colorado / Longs Peak Trailhead

The 4.5 mile trail climbs around 2500ft from the Longs Peak trailhead, and starts by winding through dense forest.

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Lakeside Camping at Lower Crystal Lake

Colorado / Spruce Creek Trail

To get to the Crystal Lakes take the Spruce Creek Trailhead. You can hike or drive to the Lower Crystal Lake. If you choose to drive, you will need a high clearance 4x4 vehicle.

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Hike at Kenosha Pass

Colorado / Colorado Trail at Kenosha Pass

The Colorado Trail ( is 500 miles long and stretches from Denver to Durango. Perhaps the most-traveled portion of the Colorado Trail is at Kenosha Pass.

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Camp at Coulson Gulch

Colorado / Coulson Gulch

Coulson Gulch is a lightly used area of the Roosevelt National Forest which makes it perfect for a weekend getaway without the crowds.

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Hike to Lower and Upper Chicago Lake

Colorado / Chicago Lake Trailhead

From the parking lot, stay to the right of Echo Lake and you will run into the Chicago Lakes Trailhead. Follow the switchbacks down and across Chicago Creek.

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Hike South Table Mountain

Colorado / Golden Summit Trail

Want to see a rainbow? Possibly some coyotes or other Colorado wildlife? This hike is full of twists and turns, mostly involving the trail, but also in surprises along the way.

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Hike or Bike Matthews/Winters Park

Colorado / Matthews/Winters Park

Matthews/Winters Park, which is part of the Jefferson County Open Space system, is proof that you do not have to go far from the city to enjoy the mountains.

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Hike to Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride

Colorado / Pandora Mill Parking

Park at the Pandora Mill just east of Telluride and lace up your footwear of choice. At 1.2 miles to the base of the falls with 850 feet of gain, this can make for a great thigh burning hike or run.

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Hike to Upper Ice Lake

Colorado / Ice Lakes Basin Trailhead

From the Ice Lakes trailhead begin hiking through a meadow that quickly enters the forest and begins to climb. The trail will climb ~1,600 feet in the next two miles.

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Hike Mount Falcon

Colorado / Castle Trail, Mt Falcon Park

Just a short drive from Denver up US-285 sits Mount Falcon Park, a 2,248 acre open space park managed by Jefferson County.

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Summit Longs Peak

Colorado / Longs Peak Trailhead

For the most part, this hike is very straightforward, so I'll essentially skip over the first 5.

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Climbing Grays and Torreys Peaks

Colorado / Grays Peak and Torreys Peak

At about an hour's drive from Denver, Grays Peak (14,270 ft./4338m) and its sister mountain, Torreys Peak (14,267 ft./4337m), are two of the most popular 14ers in the state.

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Hike The Green Mountain Trail

Colorado / Green Mountain Trailhead, CO

Green Mountain Trail is a 6.5-mile loop and has a challenging ascent to the park's highest point.

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Hike Boulder's Skyline Traverse

Colorado / Mount Sanitas Trailhead

Have you ever reached the bottom of a hike with some friends and thought, 'That was nice, but I'd still like to hike more... a lot more.'? Then the Skyline Traverse is for you.

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Drive Gold Camp Road

Colorado / Gold Camp Road

Gold Camp Road is a road that begins near Bear Creek Regional park. As you drive up the winding road, the road will turn to dirt.

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Hike to Savage Lakes

Colorado / Savage Lakes Trailhead, Colorado

The majority of this hike traverses through the beautiful forest that is part of the Holy Cross Wilderness. No significant views are to be had until you've climbed 1,200 ft over 2.

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Backpack to Lake Verna

Colorado / East Inlet Trailhead

Want to get away it from it all and enjoy some high alpine lakes? The East Inlet Trail is just outside Grand Lake, on the westside of Rocky Mountain National Park, 2.

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Hike to Crater Lake

Colorado / Maroon-Snowmass Trailhead

The crater lake trail begins at Maroon Lake and quickly breaks off from the scenic trail at .3 miles. Be sure to follow the signs to crater lake, which will be heading higher into the valley.

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Summit Storm Peak and Mount Lady Washington

Colorado / Longs Peak Trailhead

This adventure began at the Longs Peak trailhead in southeastern Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. I followed the Longs Peak trail for 6 miles to the Boulderfield backcountry camping area.

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Winter Hiking and Wildlife in Waterton Canyon

Colorado / Waterton Canyon Trailhead

Waterton Canyon is the beginning of the Colorado Trail which stretches 500 miles from Denver to Durango.

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Private and Tranquil Retreat at Beaver Brook Watershed

Colorado / Beaver Brook Number 3A Reservoir

Note: This is NOT the Beaver Brook Trail in Genesee Park/Lookout Mountain! If you enjoy the scenery and ambiance of Evergreen, but Evergreen Lake has become too crowded for your tastes, Beaver Brook.

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Backpack Cathedral Lake

Colorado / Cathedral Lake Trailhead

Cathedral Lake offers an excellent alternative to escape the crowds that swarm the Maroon Bells area, especially in the peak autumn season.

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Backpack Lost Creek

Colorado / Lost Creek

I included a trail map of where I camped. There are many sites all throughout this area. From the Lost Park Campground Parking lot follow the Lost Creek for 2.4 miles.

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Backpack to Caribou Lake

Colorado / Fourth of July Trailhead

This is one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done in Colorado.

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Hike to Horsetooth Rock

Colorado / Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

The Horsetooth Mountain Park Open Space is located just 4 miles from Fort Collins. The 2,886 acre park offers 29 miles of hiking, biking, and horse back riding trails.

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The Loch Vale Hike

Colorado / Glacier Gorge Trailhead

The trail starts at the Glacier Gorge trailhead along the road to Bear Lake. After hiking for just under a mile, you'll pass Alberta Falls and continue up the trail through the gorge.

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Hike the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail

Colorado / Rattlesnake Gulch TH

Rattlesnake Gulch Trail is located in Eldorado Canyon State Park. It is a short 20 minute drive from Boulder and is one of three hikes in the park.

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Explore Red Rocks Park in Winter

Colorado / Red Rocks Park Trading Post

Red Rocks is a bustling park in the summer when its famous amphitheater is filled with concerts. In winter though, the park dies down and becomes even more quiet when snow is falling.

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Small Park Packs a Big Punch

Colorado / Pence Park

Pence Park, part of the Denver Mountain Parks system, is nestled between the mountain communities of Indian Hills and Kittredge on Myers Gulch Road.

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Hike Barr Trail to Pikes Peak Summit

Colorado / Barr Trail (Pikes Peak)

Barr Trail is a 12 mile hike that travels the east face of Pikes Peak, from Manitou Springs (6700’) at the base, to the summit (14,115’).

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Hike St. Mary's Glacier

Colorado / St. Mary's Glacier Parking Area

Just West of Idaho Springs on I-70 take the St. Mary's Alice Exit.

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Hike through Wildflowers on Shrine Ridge

Colorado / Shrine Pass

Shrine Ridge is one of the most incredible wildflower spots in the state of Colorado. Not only is the area incredibly beautiful with carpets of flowers covering verdant mountainsides, it's only a 1.

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Camp and Fish at Loch Lomond

Colorado / Loch Lomond

The trail to Loch Lomond is very rocky. I suggest a high clearance 4x4 vehicle (I did see a small SUV and a Subaru..Not sure how they did it!!!).

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Hike the Golden Cliffs Trail

Colorado / North Table Mountain Loop

From here, you can choose a few different hiking paths. This out-and-back trek starts at the trailhead up and to the left.

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Hike Mount Elbert

Colorado / Mount Elbert Trailhead

Start your trip at the North Elbert Creek trailhead, reached by taking Colorado 300 just south of Leadville, and then a left on County road 11 and a right on Halfmoon Creek road.

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Hike Lumpy Ridge to Gem Lake

Colorado / Lumpy Ridge Trailhead

Begin by parking at the Lumpy Ridge trailhead, which is a couple miles outside of Estes Park on McGregor Avenue.

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Hike the Red Rocks Trail

Colorado / Red Rocks Amphitheater Lower North Lot

While this is a 6 mile hike, it is relatively easy to add mileage to it and tailor it to fit your needs.

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Hike the Ceran St. Vrain Trail

Colorado / Ceran St. Vrain Trail

The Ceran St. Vrain trail north of Jamestown offers the hiker a nice respite from the summer sun as this path runs through dense pine forests. The trail follows the South St.

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Camp at Guanella Pass

Colorado / Guanella Pass Campground

This is a beautiful campground that serves as a great basecamp for many different outdoor activities in the Front Range.

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Hike Above Black Lake to an Alpine Paradise

Colorado / Glacier Gorge TH

Begin at the popular Glacier Gorge trailhead along Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Arrive VERY early for parking as the lot typically fills by 7:30 am.

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Backpack to Payne Creek

Colorado / Payne Creek Trailhead

Day 1: Park at the Payne Creek/Brookside Trailhead (8,040 ft.) right outside Bailey. You'll go on the trail for about a mile before the trail parts to Craig Meadows or Craig Park.

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Hike the Wild Basin's Ouzel & Ogallala Peaks

Colorado / Wild Basin Trailhead

Begin at the Wild Basin Trailhead in southeastern Rocky Mountain National Park near the town of Allenspark.

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Hike the Seven Bridges Trail

Colorado / Seven Bridges Trailhead

Follow North Cheyenne Creek through the canyon as it forms several cascades along the way. Due to water levels, spring is an especially good time for this hike.

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Hike to Lake Isabelle

Colorado / Lake Isabelle (Brainard Lake Recreational Area)

Start at the Pawnee Pass Trail No. 907 Trailhead. Long Lake is about 2 tenths of a mile and Lake Isabelle is 2 miles from the trailhead.

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Hike to Zapata Falls

Colorado / Zapata Falls Trail

Driving towards the Sand Dunes, you will see a sign marker that indicates the road up to Zapata Falls. Turn right onto the road a follow it for about 2 miles until you hit the parking lot at the top.

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Hike to Emerald Lake

Colorado / Bear Lake Trailhead

Anyone who has been to Rocky Mountain National Park, or any national park for that matter, knows they get CROWDED.

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Hike to Upper Diamond Lake

Colorado / 4th of July Trailhead

The trail begins at the 4th of July trailhead, which is located near the Eldora ski area and can be crowded during the summer and weekends.

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HIke to Mills Lake

Colorado / Glacier Gorge Trailhead

Start hiking at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead down the bear lake road in rocky mountain national park. The trailhead is very popular so it can be difficult to find a parking place at times.

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Day Hike to Lower & Upper Mohawk Lakes

Colorado / Mohawk Lakes

I recently spent the weekend in Breckenridge, and not being from the area, there was one hike that was on my bucket list: Mohawk Lakes.

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Hike Devils Head Fire Lookout

Colorado / Devils Head Trail

This is one of my favorite hikes near Denver and the lookout itself is over 100 years old! On the road to the trailhead there are many spots for camping and other activities.

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Photograph Colorado's Paint Mines

Colorado / Green Trail

About an hour from Colorado's busy Garden of the Gods is a multi-colored hoodoo valley called, The Paint Mines.

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Backpack the Great Sand Dunes

Colorado / Great Sand Dunes National Park

Few places can match the epic scale of this bizarre wilderness in southern Colorado.

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Hike to Mayflower Gulch

Colorado / Mayflower Gulch

Getting to the Mayflower Gulch is pretty easy, you can either hike an easy 2 mile forest road or drive all the way to end (you need decent clearance for the drive).

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Hike to Colorado's Isabelle Glacier

Colorado / Isabelle Glacier Trail

Getting There The trailhead can be reached from Boulder by driving west through Boulder Canyon on Highway 42 to Nederland, then going north on the Peak-to-Peak Highway 72 to the town of Ward.

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Soak at Radium Hot Springs

Colorado / Mugrage Campground

Starting from Mugrage Campground, cross the road and hike the steep, but short, trail that takes you up the hill and onto the plateau. From here, follow the trail parallel to the Colorado River.

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Explore Boulder Falls, CO

Colorado / Boulder Falls

While the narrow trail is often popular, it's only 100 yards to see this 70-ft tall waterfall, set against a beautiful canyon backdrop. Keep in mind there's no climbing allowed on or around the falls.

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Relax at Maroon Lake

Colorado / Maroon-Snowmass Trailhead

The Maroon Bells are known around the world for being some of the most iconic, beautiful mountains in all of the United States. Even if you haven't heard of them, there's a chance you've seen them.

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Hike the Coyote Song-Swallow Trail Loop

Colorado / South Valley Park

We all love to live our weekends to the fullest, but say you're itching for an adventure and it's midweek with the weekend still a good 3 or 4 days away? South Valley Park is the place to go if you'r.

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Hike to St. Mary's Falls

Colorado / St. Mary's Falls Trailhead

From the parking area, follow the trail as it heads up towards the falls. The last mile, in particular, makes for a decent uphill challenge.

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Hike to Rainbow Hot Springs

Colorado / Rainbow Hot Springs

The hot springs are located about 5 miles into a beautiful hike past waterfalls, cliffs, and wildflowers. Once you come across a large waterfall on your right, you are close to the springs.

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Explore Echo Lake Park

Colorado / Echo Lake Park

Located at the base of Mt. Evans Road, Echo Lake sits next to Squaw Pass Road, providing a great jumping-off point for numerous adventures.

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Hike to Sandbeach Lake

Colorado / Sandbeach Lake Trailhead

Sandbeach Lake is best known for (as you can probably guess) its wide sandy shore. At nearly 50 feet deep, it is one of Rocky Mountain National Parks deepest lakes.

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Hike to Alberta Falls

Colorado / Alberta Falls Trailhead

Heading into the park from Beaver Meadows Entrance Station turn left at the first road in .2 miles. Follow Bear Lake Road for 8 miles until reaching the Glacier Gorge parking area on the left.

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Summit Mount Evans

Colorado / Mount Evans, Summit Lake Trailhead

Mount Evans is a simple, yet drop dead gorgeous 14er. That being said, no 14er is easy by any means. However as far as 14er's go, this is a cake walk.

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Capture the Mountains Leaving Denver

Colorado / Genesee Park

After shooting a friend's wedding, I was on my way home when I noticed the sky start to light up to the west. I parked the car and ran down the road.

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Snowshoe to Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout

Colorado / Squaw Mountain Trail - Winter Access

Come check out the Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout, a historic spot located in the Mount Evans Wilderness Area of Colorado, and one of the highest lookout towers in the country, at an elevation of 11,486.

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Hike the Red Rocks Loop Trail

Colorado / Settlers Park Trailhead

Parking is available on either Canyon or Sunshine Roads. During the weekends it tends to get crowded around sunset so plan accordingly.

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Mountain Bike the Green Mountain Loop

Colorado / Green Mountain Trailhead, CO

Skip the bar and spend happy hour hiking/biking this fun and easy loop. With convenient access from the Denver-Metro Area, this spot is perfect for a quick ride after work, or hike with your dog.

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Hike the Fountain Valley Trail at Roxborough State Park

Colorado / Fountain Valley Trailhead

The Fountain Valley Trail at Roxborough State Park is a very easy trail that's perfect for those that want to enjoy the outdoors but not subject themselves to the rigors of climbing a 14er.

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Hike to Spouting Rock

Colorado / Hanging Lake Trailhead

To get to Spouting Rock you need to take the same trailhead as Hanging Lake. I made the hike in the offseason when there was still ice on the trail and using crampons were imperative.

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Hike to Lower Boulder Lake

Colorado / Rock Creek Trailhead

The hike to this beautiful lake is a moderate 5.4 miles round-trip, and about 1000 ft. elevation gain/loss. It can be done in a half day, or even as an overnight backpack.

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Camping at Brainard Lake

Colorado / Pawnee Campground

Pawnee Campground has 47 sites for suited for tents, RVs, or trailers with eight that are walk in and tent only.

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Camp at Twin Lakes' White Star Campground

Colorado / White Star Campground

This area is located on the other side of Independence Pass from Aspen, which is only accessible during the summer, or can be reached year-round via Leadville, which is about 20 miles away along High.

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Hike to Horsethief Falls and Pancake Rocks

Colorado / Horsethief Park Trailhead

Horsethief Falls and Pancake Rocks can be found on the west side of Pikes Peak, so if you want to get away from the crowds and the city, put this trail on your to do list.

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Catch a Sunset at Lost Gulch

Colorado / Lost Gulch

Hop in your Subaru and drive up Flagstaff Road. After nearly 4 miles from the bottom of Flagstaff Mountain, there will be a turn off on your right, park in the dirt lot.

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Backpack to Odessa Lake via Fern Lake Trailhead

Colorado / Fern Lake Trailhead

Odessa Lake seems to be one of the true hidden gems of Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Winter Hike to Quandary Peak (14,265')

Colorado / Quandary Peak Trailhead

Quandary Peak is a popular winter 14er because of its easy access near Breckenridge, its Class 1 designation, and its low avalanche risk.

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Hike the Flatirons Vista Loop Trail

Colorado / Flatirons Vista Loop Trail

From the parking lot, take South Flatiron Vista Trail for 2.4 miles, where you'll cross onto North Flatiron Vista Trail. In 1 mile, take the connector trail back to the trailhead.

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Hike to Bierstadt Lake

Colorado / Bierstadt Lake Trailhead

From the Bierstadt Lake Trailhead on Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, you start out in lodgepole pines at 8850 feet high. But you quickly get into the aspens.

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Hiking Uncompahgre Peak (14,309')

Colorado / Upper Nellie Creek Trailhead

At 14,309 feet, the summit of Uncompahgre Peak is the highest point in the entire San Juan range, but getting to it requires only good hiking skills, good physical shape, and a four-wheel-drive, high.

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Hike to Booth Falls and Booth Lake, CO

Colorado / Booth Falls Trailhead

This day hike begins as a steady climb through aspen trees for the first mile. The trail then flattens out a bit, and you reach Booth Falls at mile two.

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Hike the Devil's Backbone in Colorado

Colorado / Devils Backbone Trailhead, CO

The Devils Backbone Open Space offers great hiking in the Front Range foothills.

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Hike Pulpit Rock

Colorado / Pulpit Rock Trail Parking

Heading South on N. Nevada Blvd. you will pass a Harley Davidson dealership on your left, about a mile after that there is a large parking lot for Pulpit Rock Park.

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Hike to the Piedra River Hot Springs

Colorado / Piedra River Hot Springs

This free use, natural hot spring on the Piedra River has several 100 degree pools. The springs are accessible via a 3 mile roundtrip hike, often with wildlife sightings along the way.

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Hike The Mummy Kill (a.k.a. Mummy Mania)

Colorado / Lawn Lake Trailhead

Wanna kill some mummies!? Of course you do! Who doesn't? Mount Chapin: 12,454 feet Mount Chiquita: 13,069 feet Ypsilon Mountain: 13,514 feet Fairchild Mountain: 13,502 feet Hagues Peak: 13,560 feet.

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Backpack the McCurdy Park Loop

Colorado / Trail Head 612

The total distance of the loop is a little under 25 miles and you will climb a total of 7202 feet. It can be done as a 3 day backpacking trip as shown below.

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Winter Hike Flattop Mountain

Colorado / Bear Lake Trailhead

To catch the sunrise, begin at the Bear Lake trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. From the trailhead, veer right around bear lake and continue along the Odessa Lake/Flattop Mountain trail.

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Hike the Morrison Slide in Matthews / Winters Park

Colorado / Village Walk Trail

Start at the trailhead located at 1103 County Hwy. 93 and enjoy a little warm up time by the creek that winds past wild plum, chokecherry, and willow trees.

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Scramble Angel's Way

Colorado / NCAR - Table Mesa Trailhead

Angel's Way is an amazing 8 pitch rock climb scramble (5.2) that is tucked away in Skunk Canyon, hidden from the crowds of Chautauqua.

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Hiking to Boulder's Green Mountain

Colorado / Chautauqua Park Trailhead

Starting from the popular Chautauqua Park trailhead, head west on the main trail to the first branch off onto a smaller trail that will take you toward Baseline Road.

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Hike Woods Quarry

Colorado / NCAR Trailhead

You can start from Chautauqua Park, but I prefer to start at NCAR, especially since there is ample parking and you can take a bathroom break inside before hitting the trail.

231 Saves

Relax at Penny Hot Springs

Colorado / Penny Hot Springs

This 20-foot pool is surrounded by beautiful peaks, and is only a short distance from the parking area. Keep in mind this spot is popular on the weekends.

231 Saves

Hiking James Peak (13,294')

Colorado / St. Marys Glacier's Parking Lot

James Peak is one of 76 13,000'+ peaks in Colorado's front range. On your way up to the peak you will pass St. Mary's Glacier.

229 Saves

Hike to Bridal Veil Falls

Colorado / Cow Creek Trailhead

This 20-ft waterfall is accessible via Cow Creek Trail, which starts out through a meadow where elk are sometimes seen.

229 Saves

Hike to Verna, Spirit, Fourth, and Fifth Lakes

Colorado / East Inlet Trailhead

This summer backpacking trip provides plenty of opportunities for exploration and endless moments to take in awe-inspiring scenery.

228 Saves

Hike to Tomichi Point and Gunnison Point Overlooks

Colorado / Rim Rock Trail, Black Canyon of the Gunnison

To access the South Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, take US 50 and CO 347 to the south entrance, 15 miles east of Montrose.

228 Saves

Camp at Alta Lakes

Colorado / Alta Lakes

Note: Camping is permitted around the lake. For more information, head to the US Forest Service website. From the Mountain Village near Telluride, drive south on CO 145 toward Lizard Head pass.

225 Saves

Hike to Ouzel Falls

Colorado / Wild Basin Trailhead

Located right outside of Rocky Mountain National Park, this hike is perfect for anyone looking to do a little exploring without the cost of a park fee.

224 Saves

Experience the Elk Rut in Rocky Mountain NP

Colorado / Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park

Fall in Rocky Mountain National Park brings one of the most spectacular natural occurrences, the Elk mating season, or Elk Rut. During this time male elk “battle” for the chance to mate with females.

224 Saves

Camp at Paradise Divide

Colorado / Paradise Divide

At a literally breathtaking 11,250 feet, Paradise Divide offers seclusion and scenery that can't be beat.

223 Saves

Camp at South Mineral Campground

Colorado / South Mineral Campground

Some general notes: South Mineral Campground does not take reservations - all sites are first come first served.

223 Saves

Hike the Paint Mines Interpretive Space Loop

Colorado / Paint Mine Interpretive Park

The site is an easy drive from Colorado Springs on US Route 24.

222 Saves

Snowshoe the Mayflower Gulch

Colorado / Mayflower Gulch

To begin, park in the large parking lot (it is usually plowed all winter except right after a large storm).

221 Saves

Hike the Enchanted Mesa Trail

Colorado / McClintock Trailhead

Start out on McClintock Trail for 0.7 miles (this particular stretch can get muddy), before switching over to Enchanted Mesa Trail. To add a scenic 0.

218 Saves

Hike to Lost Lake

Colorado / Lost Lake Trailhead (Buena Vista)

This Trail starts at about 11,200 feet right before the top of cottonwood pass.

217 Saves

Hike to Buffalo Creek Falls

Colorado / Buffalo Creek Falls

A quarter mile hike takes you to the base of the falls. From there, look for a trail on the right that will lead to an overlook on a bridge.

217 Saves

Backpack to Capitol Lake, CO

Colorado / Capitol Creek Road

The route to Capitol Lake is fairly straight forward, but not without its minor hardships.

216 Saves

Dispersed Camp at the Buffalo Creek Area in Pike National Forest

Colorado / Buffalo Creek Area

50 miles from Denver, nestled in Pike National Forest, there are dozens of free dispersed camping sites.

215 Saves

Backpack to Snowmass Lake

Colorado / Maroon-Snowmass Trailhead

For the adventurous backpacker looking to get backcountry in central Colorado, the stunning beauty of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness cannot be beat.

215 Saves

Backpack The Holy Cross Wilderness (via the Missouri Creek Trailhead)

Colorado / Missouri Creek Trailhead

Come check out what the Holy Cross Wilderness has to offer on this this challenging overnight backpacking trip! Over 9 miles and ~2500ft elevation gain, you’ll have the opportunity to discover pictu.

215 Saves

Hike or Bike the Walker Ranch Loop

Colorado / Walker Ranch Loop

When it comes to hiking trails in Boulder, the standard response usually consists of either Chautauqua Park or Mt.

214 Saves

Hike the Decalibron Loop

Colorado / Kite Lake Trailhead

Start your hike at the Kite Lake trailhead, where you can find overnight camping for a small fee, or park a bit down the road for free.

213 Saves

Hike from Bear Lake to Fern Lake Trailhead

Colorado / Bear Lake Trailhead

On this Rocky Mountain hike you’ll explore 4 picturesque mountain lakes and a 60 foot waterfall.

212 Saves

Catch a Sunrise at Dream Lake

Colorado / Bear Lake Trailhead

Begin at the Bear Lake Trailhead, located at the end of Bear Lake Road, 9 miles from the entrance on Highway 36. Follow the signs to Dream Lake, passing Nymph Lake about halfway through. At 1.

212 Saves

Hike Butler Gulch

Colorado / Butler Gulch

Butler Gulch is a pristinely beautiful day hike in the heart of the Arapaho National Forest near Idaho Springs, Colorado.

210 Saves

Hike to Lake Helene and Two Rivers Lake

Colorado / Bear Lake Trailhead

Begin the hike by following the Bear Lake trail and after ~.45 miles take the trail to the right towards Odessa Lake and Flattop Mountain.

208 Saves

Camp at Lost Lake Slough

Colorado / Lost Lake Campground

Lost Lake Slough offers camping, hiking, photography, kayaking, and more in a remote and beautiful part of Colorado. At an elevation of over 9,600 ft.

208 Saves

Photograph Ancient Bristlecone Pines on Mt. Goliath

Colorado / Mount Goliath Natural Area

On the way to the summit of Mt. Evans sits a small 160 acre preserve of some of the world's oldest living trees.

207 Saves

Hiking Bierstadt, Evans, and The Sawtooth

Colorado / Guanella Pass Trailhead

Starting from the oddly poorly marked Guanella Pass Trailhead (Google maps directions to Guanella Campground and then drive about two miles past it to the south), the trail heads southeast toward Bie.

206 Saves

Hike South Boulder Peak

Colorado / Mesa Trailhead

Starting at the Mesa trailhead, continue a half a mile through a relatively even grade before arriving at the North Fork Shanahan trailhead, which will take you another half a mile on much steeper gr.

206 Saves

Wildflowers, Lakes, and Peaks, Oh My!

Colorado / Herman Gulch

Herman Gulch is one of those special places that makes you fall in love with Colorado all over again.

204 Saves

Hike Lily Mountain

Colorado / Lily Mountain Trailhead

Lily Mountain Trail is a relatively quick and family (including the four-legged members) friendly hike that will take you to the summit over an up-and-back style 3.8 mile round trip trail.

203 Saves

Hike to South Willow Falls

Colorado / Willowbrook Trailhead

Start at the Willowbrook Trailhead. You’ll hit a “Y” in the trail pretty quickly - go left and you’ll soon be at the first log bridge.

202 Saves

Photograph Bear Lake

Colorado / Bear Lake Trailhead

Bear Lake is a popular tourist destination in Rocky Mountain NP, but when the sun is low in the sky or the stars are out you'll find the big crowd are gone.

202 Saves

Walk the Cherry Creek Dog Off-Leash Area

Colorado / Cherry Creek Parking Lot

Cherry Creek Dog-Off Leash Area is an extended part of Cherry Creek State Park and encompasses 107 acres of fenced-in play area.

200 Saves

Watch the Sunset from Mt Evans Road

Colorado / Mount Evans Road

Leave Evergreen, CO and access the Mount Evans Road and Mount Evans Recreation Area from Squaw Pass, CO 103 at Echo Lake.

199 Saves

Hike the South Rim Trail at Roxborough State Park

Colorado / Roxborough State Park Parking Area

Roxborough State Park is one of the closest parks to the Denver metro area and is the perfect place to go if you're looking to experience the great outdoors without having to drive too far from the c.

198 Saves

Camp and Fish at Eleven Mile Canyon

Colorado / Eleven Mile Canyon

Located below the dam of the Eleven Mile Reservoir, Eleven Mile Canyon is a scenic spot for camping, fishing, hiking and climbing.

197 Saves

Hike the Horseshoe Trail

Colorado / Horseshoe Trailhead

This intermediate hike in Golden Gate Canyon State Park is an attraction across seasons – in fall the aspens show beautiful colors, while in spring and and summer wildflowers bloom along the trail.

197 Saves

Hike to Cub Lake

Colorado / Cub Lake Trailhead

Rocky Mountain National Park showcases 355 miles of hiking trails, 6 campgrounds, and hundreds of backcountry camp sites. The cost to enter the park is $20.

194 Saves

Car Camp at Maroon Lake

Colorado / Maroon-Snowmass Trailhead

Maybe you've seen the photos a million times before - it's for good reason. Maroon Bells is just stunning.

194 Saves

Hike Grizzly Peak at Loveland Pass

Colorado / Grizzly Peak Trailhead

While a typical Colorado hike may be an ascent to your destination followed by a descent back to your car, the hike to Grizzly Peak at Loveland Pass (Grizzly Peak "D") breaks that mold.

194 Saves

Hike to Raspberry Mountain

Colorado / Raspberry Mountain Trailhead

Take US-24 west and turn left at traffic light in Divide. Drive south on US-67 for about 4 miles. Turn left to CR-62 right after you pass the entrance to Mueller State park on the right.

192 Saves

Hike Torrey's Peak via Kelso Ridge

Colorado / Grays Peak and Torreys Peak

The start of this route up the Kelso Ridge is the same as doing the standard route of Gray's and Torrey's peaks.

191 Saves

Drive the San Juan Skyway from Durango to Ouray

Colorado / San Juan Skyway

The drive from Durango to Ouray via Colorado 550 (The San Juan Skyway) is one of the most gorgeous roads in the country.

190 Saves

Summit The Crags

Colorado / The Crags Trailhead

As you drive past Mueller state park (on the right), about 1/4 mile down the road you will see a small wooden sign for "The Crags" You will take a left there and follow the road about 1.

189 Saves

Explore Rifle Falls

Colorado / Rifle Falls Parking Area

RIfle Falls is located up Rifle Canyon just outside of the town of Rifle on I-70 in Southern Colorado.

189 Saves

Camp in Dream Canyon

Colorado / Dream Canyon

When you're sitting at home for days on end, going through the constant routines of work, school, or utilizing your adult coloring book, sometimes one earns for something outdoors.

187 Saves

Hike the Twin Sisters Peaks

Colorado / Twin Sisters Trail

The trailhead starts close to 9,000 ft elevation. It continues at a gradual slope through forest for a long way.

187 Saves

Hike to Ptarmigan Lake

Colorado / Bear Lake Trailhead

The hike to Ptarmigan Lake has plenty of elevation gain for mountain lovers and views for miles from the Continental Divide.

187 Saves

Hiking Mount Sniktau

Colorado / Grizzly Peak Trailhead

Mount Sniktau is a great beginner 13er. This hike offers a fun ridge walk with amazing views! Make sure you come prepared, the wind can be pretty relentless.

187 Saves

Camping at Lost Park Campground

Colorado / Lost Park Campground

This campground is a great spot to crash at before heading out on a backpacking trip through the Lost Creek Wilderness but serves as an amazing campground itself.

186 Saves

Summit Two 14ers: Belford and Oxford

Colorado / Missouri Gulch Trailhead

You'll being your ascent at the Missouri Gulch Trailhead, which is located a few miles up Chaffee County Road 390, at around 9,600 feet.

183 Saves

Visit Treasure Falls

Colorado / Treasure Falls Parking

Treasure Falls is reached via short .4 mile walk from the parking lot on highway 160 about 15 miles outside Pagosa Springs (which is home to the worlds deepest hot springs).

183 Saves

Hike to Horsetooth Falls

Colorado / Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

Horsetooth Mountain Park is an outdoor trail haven just minutes from downtown Ft. Collins.

180 Saves

Hike to Forgotten Valley

Colorado / Burro Trail/Bridge Creek Trailhead

There are over 35 miles of hiking trails in the park. The twelve trails in Golden Gate Canyon State Park are named after an animal and marked with the animal’s footprint. For a 2.

179 Saves

Camp at Thomas Lake and Summit Mt. Sopris

Colorado / Mount Sopris Trailhead

With the Elk Mountain range behind it, It appears to be standing by itself, and has the resemblance of a grand volcano.

178 Saves

Hike the Resthouse/Lincoln Lake Trail

Colorado / Echo Lake Trailhead

While the Mt. Evans Wilderness never has a shortage of visitors, thanks to its proximity to Denver, it is possible to find a more private hike if you know where to look.

178 Saves

Relax at Glenwood Hot Springs

Colorado / Glenwood Hot Springs

Glenwood is best known for its large hot springs pool, kept between 90 and 93 degrees, while the minerals in the water are meant to provide a natural therapy to the body.

178 Saves

Sunrise Hike to the Peacock Pool

Colorado / Longs Peak Trailhead

The peacock pool is a cool little tarn below the outlet to Chasm Lake. Please note that this adventure is best done in the winter/spring when snow is present to prevent erosion in the sensitive area.

176 Saves

Hike to Arapaho Pass and Lake Dorothy

Colorado / 4th of July Trailhead

Begin by parking at the 4th of July trailhead. This can be reached by conituing past the Eldora ski area and up a rough but passable (for all vehicles) gravel road to the trailhead.

175 Saves

Hike Grottos Trail

Colorado / Grottos Trailhead

Just nine miles east of Aspen on Highway 82, Independence Pass, are grottos. A grotto is a geological term for a cave or cavern.

173 Saves

Hike the Canyon View Nature Trail, Castlewood Canyon

Colorado / Castlewood Canyon State Park

This is a well maintained, easy trail best hiked in spring and fall. Conditions make this trail great for families. The park is also popular for bird watching and rock climbing.

173 Saves

Snowshoe Deer Creek Canyon Park

Colorado / Deer Creek Canyon Park

Deer Creek Canyon Park offers up to 13 miles of wind-sheltered trails perfect for enjoying after a fresh snow.

173 Saves

Backpack to Bluebird Lake

Colorado / Wild Basin Trailhead

Starting at the Wild Basin trailhead on the south side of Rocky Mountain National Park, hike through a wet forest towards upper and lower Copeland Falls, located 0.45 miles from the trailhead.

171 Saves

Backpack & Fish The Mohawk Lakes

Colorado / Mohawk Lake Trail

The trailhead is located a few miles out side of Breckenridge Colorado.

171 Saves

Photograph North Clear Creek Falls

Colorado / North Clear Creek Falls

This 100 ft. waterfall is close to Colorado 149 on the Silver Thread Scenic Byway. To access the falls turn onto FR 510 from the northern entrance and head south for .5 miles.

171 Saves

Hike Chief Mountain, CO

Colorado / Chief Mountain Trailhead

Sitting at 11,709’, Chief Mountain is not one of Colorado’s highest peaks, but the views from this mountain are spectacular nonetheless and rival the views of any 14er I’ve climbed.

170 Saves

Hike to Willow Lake, CO

Colorado / Willow Creek Trailhead

Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, Willow Lake offers a stunning destination to a rigorous hike. The hike is approximately 9 miles out and back with 2800 feet of elevation gain.

169 Saves

Hike the Big Bluestem Trail Loop

Colorado / Mesa Trailhead

This is a great spot for an easy/moderate hike or trail run. The trail is accessible year round and can often be hiked in winter as well as other seasons.

169 Saves

Camp at Stillwater Pass

Colorado / Stillwater Pass Day Use Parking Lot

Some of my best nights in Colorado were spent in Stillwater Pass. There are numerous campsites with remade fire pits.

168 Saves

Climb Greyrock Mountain

Colorado / Greyrock Trailhead

The main trail begins at the Cache La Poudre river on the Poudre Canyon Highway about 30 minutes from Fort Collins. After about .75 miles the trail splits.

166 Saves

Hike Lost Man Loop

Colorado / Lost Man Loop, Aspen, Colorado

This 8.8 mile "loop" is not a true loop and the trail ends 4 miles apart along Independence Pass, so a car shuttle is recommended.

164 Saves

Drive Old Fall River Road

Colorado / Old Fall River Road, Rocky Mountain National Park

This amazing drive starts after entering at the Fall River Entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park (although any entrance will work this is just the fastest route).

164 Saves

Backpack Alpine Terrain to Haynach Lakes

Colorado / Milner Pass Trailhead

Begin at the Milner Pass Trailhead off of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Commonly used to summit Mount Ida, this trailhead is often popular with summer hikers.

163 Saves

Photograph Colorado National Monument

Colorado / Colorado National Monument

Driving through Colorado National Monument was very easy and gorgeous. Very scenic drive with many lookouts to stop at.

163 Saves

Summit Mount Flora

Colorado / Mount Flora Trailhead

Colorado’s Rocky Mountains offer hikes of all lengths, sizes and difficulties. Mt. Flora stands at a lofty 13,146 ft and is a great intro to climbing peaks in Colorado. Roundtrip, this hike is 6.

163 Saves

Hike Mount Massive

Colorado / Mt Massive Trailhead

Starting from the Mt Massive Trailhead off of Halfmoon Creek Road (a half mile past the more popular Mt Elbert Trailhead), follow the excellent and easy trail into the woods.

162 Saves

Overnight at Nokhu Hut

Colorado / Nohku Hut Trailhead

The Nokhu Hut is part of the Never Summer Nordic Hut system, and makes for the perfect beginner Hut trip.

161 Saves

Overnight at the Maroon Hut

Colorado / Gothic Trailhead

Winter access to Maroon Hut in the historical Gothic townsite is by ski or snowshoe only. The ski out is 4 miles one way on moderate terrain to the Gothic Townsite, or roughly 1.

161 Saves

Drive the Peak to Peak Highway

Colorado / Peak to Peak Highway

The Peak to Peak Highway is a 55-mile stretch of road that winds its way from Nederland to Estes Park (or Estes Park to Nederland).

161 Saves

Camp at Heart Lake

Colorado / Heart Lake, CO

Ever wanted to pick a spot on the map and just GO for the weekend? That's exactly how we discovered Heart Lake. Our only recommendation is don't do it in October, when it might snow. A lot.

160 Saves

Backpack to Red Deer Lake, CO

Colorado / Middle Saint Vrain Rd. Trailhead

This is an excellent place to take your family backpacking. It is a fairly easy trail and definitely a great one for kids.

159 Saves

Hike to Elk Falls

Colorado / Staunton State Park

Begin on Staunton Ranch Trail for 3.3 miles. Switch to Bugling Elk Trail for the next 1.1 miles, then to Lion's Back Trail for the last mile to the overlook.

159 Saves

Hike Mount Shavano and Tabeguache Peak

Colorado / Shavano/Tabeguache Trailhead

Start out on the Shavano and Tabeguache Trailhead off of FR 252 outside of Poncha Springs, at about 9,700 feet, and begin your trek into the forest.

159 Saves

Car Camp at Timber Creek Campground

Colorado / Timber Creek Campground

This campground just 10 miles north of Grand Lake is a prime example of the amazing campgrounds you can find in Rocky Mountain National Park.

158 Saves

Quick Hike to South Canyon Hot Springs

Colorado / South Canyon Hot Springs

A short hike takes you to these undeveloped, free use hot springs.

157 Saves

Hike Flattop Mountain and Hallett Peak

Colorado / Bear Lake Trailhead

Arrive at the Bear Lake Trailhead. Follow abundant signage toward Flattop Peak. Once you arrive at the summit of Flattop identify the unnamed unmaintained trail leading south toward Hallett Peak.

156 Saves

Summit La Plata Peak

Colorado / La Plata Peak, Colorado

The Northwest Ridge is the most easily accessible and popular route, and for good reasons. The trailhead is on the side of Hwy 82, otherwise known as Independence Pass, about 14.

156 Saves

Hike to Hell's Hole

Colorado / Hell's Hole Trailhead

The name is uninviting, but Hell’s Hole is a scenic, shallow basin in the Mount Evans Wilderness near Idaho Springs. Starting elevation is about 9500 feet.

156 Saves

Hike the Upper Piney River Trail

Colorado / Upper Piney River Trail

Beginning at an elevation of 9,397 feet, this hike provides an easy 2.8 mile (one way) trip through the gorgeous meadows against the distant aspens and alpines.

156 Saves

Explore the St. Elmo Ghost Town

Colorado / St. Elmo Ghost Town

If you're willing to go off the beaten path to a neat little ghost town, St. Elmo, Colorado is the place for you! About 2 and a half hours west of Colorado Springs, Colorado lies the town of St.

155 Saves

Crested Butte: Ride the Iconic 401 Trail

Colorado / Copper Creek Trailhead

There are many reasons Crested Butte is famous for its single track and the 401 trail tops that list with its endless views of Colorado's spectacular Maroon Bells and Elk Range and its fast and flowy.

155 Saves

Hike to Bear Creek Falls in Telluride

Colorado / Wasatch Trailhead

The trail begins at the south end of Pine Street in Telluride, and proceeds 2.5 miles up the Bear Creek Canyon trail with an elevation gain of about 1,000'.

155 Saves

Boulder The Eggs on the Hidden Fawn Trail

Colorado / Hidden Fawn Trail Parking

Looking for a place near Denver to perfect your bouldering skills? Or are you wanting to get the whole family out, but not looking for an extreme/technical hike? Which ever question best describes yo.

154 Saves

Soak in the Hot Springs Off the Million Dollar Highway

Colorado / Secret Hot Springs on Red Mtn Pass

You will start by driving Red Mountain Pass, an experience all on its own. It is closer to get to from Silverton, but not by any means too far of a drive from Ouray.

154 Saves

Hike Shoshoni Peak

Colorado / Long Lake Trailhead

Starting at the Long Lake trailhead, follow the trail along the north side of the lake. Near the end of Long Lake, take the trail to Lake Isabelle and Pawnee Pass trail to the right.

153 Saves

Backpack to Dragon's Back via Horsethief Trail

Colorado / Horsethief Trailhead

The Uncompahgre Wilderness stretches out through the mountains and forests of southwestern Colorado, with worn trails lingering beside abandoned 19th-century mines and crossing old alpine sheep pastu.

151 Saves

Hike the Zirkel Circle (Gilpin Lake Loop)

Colorado / Slavonia Trail Head

The Slavonia trailhead is easily accessible from Steamboat Springs. The drive up CR 129 passes through beautiful ranch land before turning on to Seedhouse Road. Follow Seedhouse Rd to the end.

151 Saves

Hike the Devil's Causeway Loop

Colorado / Stillwater Reservoir

Crossing the Devil's Causeway is a rite of passage for Colorado hikers.

150 Saves

Backpack to Upper Slate Lake

Colorado / Rock Creek Trailhead

Starting from the Rock Creek Trailhead parking lot, it is an up and down trek to Upper Slate Lake.

149 Saves

Winter Camp at Moraine Park

Colorado / Moraine Park Campground

For the extra-adventurous (my friends call me crazy for this), I recommend experiencing Rocky Mountain National Park in the off-season, when nobody else is there. Dead winter.

148 Saves

Hike the Arapaho Traverse

Colorado / Fourth of July Trailhead

Begin at the Fourth of July Trailhead.  Day parking is free and overnight parking is $5.  Fourth of July is a popular trailhead and to ensure parking, you should arrive early in the morning (6am-ish..

144 Saves

Hike Mt. Harvard

Colorado / North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead

Start your hike at the North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead. The trail begins at the end of the parking lot.

143 Saves

Explore Twin Falls in Yankee Boy Basin

Colorado / Twin Falls, Colorado

While small, Twin Falls sits in the extremely photogenic backdrop of Yankee Boy Basin. To reach the falls 7.5 miles outside of Ouray follow Camp Bird road for 4.

143 Saves

Hike the Elk Range Trail

Colorado / Centennial Cone Park, Colorado

This is an incredible and beautiful hike that is just off of Route 6 but feels a million miles away.

142 Saves

Camp in American Basin & Hike Handies Peak

Colorado / American Basin Trailhead

Handies Peak (14,048’) might be the easiest of the 14ers in the San Juans to climb, but its gorgeous setting high above the incredible wildflowers of American Basin make it more than worthwhile.

142 Saves

Drive Kebler Pass for Fall Colors

Colorado / Kebler Pass Road, Crested Butte, CO

Kebler Pass, or Gunnison County Road (GCR) 12, is an excellent place to see fall colors in Colorado.

141 Saves

Photograph the Night Sky Over Trail Ridge Road

Colorado / Forest Canyon Overlook, CO

The highest continuous paved road in North America, Trail Ridge Road takes you above 12,000 ft to an alpine tundra.

141 Saves

Hike South Araphaho Peak

Colorado / 4th of July Trailhead

Start your hike at the 4th of July Trailhead, just outside of Eldora, CO. From the trailhead at the north end of the parking lot, steadily climb through the trees until a junction at 1 mile.

140 Saves

Hike to Lake Haiyaha

Colorado / Lake Haiyaha

Begin the hike at the Bear Lake trailhead, this will be the same for any season you chose to hike to the lake. From the Bear Lake trailhead follow the Dream Lake trail for ~1.

140 Saves

Hike the Sawmill to Maverick Loop

Colorado / White Ranch Park

For this adventure, you'll be completing the Sawmill to Maverick loop. It is a short, but gentle trail that will take you through open meadows, to pine forests, and great views of Denver and Golden.

140 Saves

Hike to Black Lake

Colorado / Glacier Gorge Trailhead, RMNP

The Black lake hike begins at the very popular Glacier Gorge trailhead along Bear Lake road in Rocky Mountain National Park.

138 Saves

Snowshoe Lost Lake

Colorado / Hessie Trailhead

Driving through the towns of Nederlands and Eldora alone is a beautiful experience.

138 Saves

Climb North Maroon Peak

Colorado / Maroon-Snowmass (Willow Lake) Trail

Start your hike at the parking lot/trailhead at the end of Maroon Creek Rd. Keep in mind that the road is closed from about 9am-8pm to traffic and is only accessible by shuttle bus during that time.

137 Saves

Backpack to Island Lake

Colorado / Ice Lake Trail

From the Ice Lakes basin Trailhead, this 8 mile round trip trail with 3000 feet of elevation gain will bring you to the Ice Lakes Basin with an abundance of beautiful lakes, especially Island Lake an.

137 Saves

Explore Governor Basin

Colorado / Governor Basin

Governor Basin is a small but beautiful alpine basin under the Saint Sophia Ridge next to Yankee Boy Basin. Due to the rugged drive in to 12,338 ft.

137 Saves

Hike the Chautauqua Trail to the Ski Jump Trail

Colorado / Chautauqua Park Trailhead

Beginning at the Chautauqua Trailhead, the Chautauqua Trail goes for 0.6 miles before connecting with the Bluebell-Baird Trail. From here it becomes a choose-your-own-adventure hike.

136 Saves

Backpack to Sand Creek Lakes

Colorado / Music Pass Trailhead

Start at the Music Pass trail head south of Westcliffe, Colorado off County Road 119. You will need a 4x4 with high clearance to get to the actual trailhead as the last 2.5 miles are rough.

136 Saves

Float the Yampa River through Dinosaur National Monument

Colorado / Yampa River - Dinosaur Park Service Rd.

With amazing rivers and hikes, adventure, solitude, diverse wildlife, world-class geology, fascinating human history, oh, and dinosaur fossils, this place is not to be missed.

134 Saves

Camp at Radium Campground

Colorado / Radium Campground

This was a rafting/camping trip. We camped at the Radium Campground and rafted 4.5 miles from Pump House Boat Launch. BLM charges $5.00 per vehicle at the boat launch sites and $10.

134 Saves

Backpack to Lion and Snowbank Lakes

Colorado / Wild Basin Trailhead

Starting at the Wild Basin trailhead, hike to Siskin campground. This takes 3.2 miles of rocky, semi-steep trail (permit required). Set up camp at Siskin campground for the night.

133 Saves

Summit 3 Peaks in the Chicago Basin

Colorado / Needleton Trailhead

I tell people all the time that if they only do one hike in Colorado, this is it.

132 Saves

Ski Hut-to-Hut from Uncle Bud's to Skinner Hut

Colorado / Turquoise Lake Winter TH

The trek starts just outside of Leadville near Turquoise Lake at 9800 ft. The first day you'll travel 6.5 miles and gain 1700 ft. to Uncle Bud's Hut, which sits around 11,400 ft.

132 Saves

Backpack to the Gore Range's Wheeler and Lost Lakes

Colorado / Gore Trailhead

The range offers many remote lakes and peaks which hikers can access from various points of entry. Wheeler and Lost Lakes lie within the boundaries of the Eagle's Nest Wilderness Area.

130 Saves

Hike to Nymph Lake

Colorado / Bear Lake Trailhead

While not as popular as Dream Lake, Nymph Lake is just as beautiful. The hike to Nymph Lake is an easy hike just over 1 mile.

129 Saves

Explore Yankee Boy Basin and the San Juan Mountains

Colorado / U.S. Route 550, Ouray, CO

While its nickname "The Switzerland of America" may have been invented by some overzealous marketers, Ouray, Colorado and the surrounding San Juan Mountains is a destination you won't want to skip.

129 Saves

Hike to Ouzel and Bluebird Lakes

Colorado / Wild Basin Trailhead

With about 13 miles round trip and a 2500 ft.

129 Saves

Hike to Lawn Lake, Rocky Mountain NP

Colorado / Lawn Lake Trailhead

This 4 to 8 hour day hike leads to Lawn Lake, located inside a large basin at tree line, and surrounded by Fairchild Mountain, Hagues Peak, and Mummy Mountain.

128 Saves

Snowshoe to Emerald Lake

Colorado / Bear Lake Trailhead

Snowshoeing to Emerald Lake was completely different from hiking the trail during summer.

128 Saves

Hike to Spirit Lake

Colorado / East Inlet Trailhead

One can reach spirit lake as a day hike, however it is most often visited as part of backpacking trip. Either way the route is the same and it starts at the East Inlet trail.

128 Saves

Backpack to Slide Lake in Mt. Zirkel Wilderness

Colorado / Rainbow Lake Trailhead 1126

Start at the Rainbow Lake Trailhead 1126 in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness which is 19 miles south west of Walden, Colorado off Country Road 22A. The 6.

127 Saves

Hike the West Maroon Pass in the Maroon Bells

Colorado / West Maroon Pass Trailhead

West Maroon Pass – one of the four passes in the Four Pass Loop gives you the wow factor of hiking in the Maroon Bells Wilderness in a day-hike format.

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Catch the Sunrise from Grays Peak

Colorado / Grays Peak and Torreys Peak

The first challenge you'll face on your way to the summit of Gray's peak is Steven's Gulch Road.

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Hike McCullough Gulch to Upper Blue Reservoir

Colorado / McCullough Gulch Trailhead

The trail first takes you to Upper Blue Reservoir, about 1.4 miles in.

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Hike Mount Sherman

Colorado / Fourmile Creek Trailhead

A mile South of Fairplay, turn West onto 4 Mile Creek Road (dirt) and follow it for about 8 miles. The road passes a number of excellent camping spots and finally ends at the ruins of an old mine.

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Summit Mt. Yale

Colorado / Denny Creek Trail Head

This amazing adventure starts at 9,900 feet and goes up 4,300 feet over the course of a 9.5 mile round trip. You will want to start at the Denny Creek Trailhead.

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Climb in Boulder Canyon

Colorado / Boulder Canyon

Heading west from Boulder, take CO 119/Boulder Canyon Drive into Boulder Canyon. Once you're in the canyon, there are many areas that all have great climbing.

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Hike Meadow Mountain

Colorado / Saint Vrain Mountain Trailhead

From the trailhead, follow the trail through the woods until you reach a meadow with a steep slope.

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Camp and Fish at Platoro Reservoir

Colorado / Platoro Reservoir

Platoro is the blending of the Spanish words "plata" (silver) and "oro" (gold), and this secluded mountain reservoir strikes it rich when it comes to outdoor recreation.

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Explore Nellie Creek Falls

Colorado / Nellie Creek Falls

Nellie Creek Falls is a beautiful little falls, up County Road 23. The waterfall is surrounded by a forest of aspens leading up the valley.

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Photograph Rampart Range Road

Colorado / Rampart Range Road

From the starting point near Balanced Rock in Garden of the Gods, Rampart Range Road turns to dirt and begins a steady climb into the foothills west of Colorado Springs.

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Hike or Trail Run on Rabbit Mountain, CO

Colorado / Rabbit Mountain, Boulder County, CO

This is a great hike/trail run in Boulder County. It is located between Longmont and Lyons and is part of Boulder County Open Space.

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Float Ruby-Horsethief Canyons

Colorado / Loma

To do the entire 26-mile float, put in at the Loma River access, several miles west of Fruita and just a short drive from I-70.

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Winter Camp Near Coulson Gulch

Colorado / County Road 47 for Coulson Gulch Camping

County Road 47 is between Lyons and Estes Park. It's an easy drive from Denver and is a great place to get away for the weekend. I have camped here in the summer, fall, and winter.

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Hike to Lily Pad Lake

Colorado / Lily Pad Lake Trailhead

Lily Pad Lake is a well known destination just outside of Silverthorne and in the Eagle's Nest Wilderness.

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Discover Ancient Trees on Windy Ridge

Colorado / Windy Ridge, Colorado

The Windy Ridge Bristlecone Pine Scenic Area is a remote stand of trees off a 4WD road near Alma, Colorado.

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Hike to Cornet Creek Falls

Colorado / Cornet Creek Falls

Only 5 minutes from the center of Telluride, Cornet Creek Falls is the perfect hike for those seeking a serene mountain escape without having to go far away from the center of all the action.

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Off-Road to Glacier Mountain

Colorado / St. Johns Offroad Trail

The trail begins just past historical Main Street Montezuma. You will see a sign on your right for St. Johns road. This road is officially marked as 275 on a map. The original road lead to St.

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Ski or Snowshoe McCullough Gulch

Colorado / McCullough Gulch

If the snow is not coming to you, you go where the snow is. Breckenridge is a good place to start; this beautiful ski area gets more than its fair share of snow, and is full of stunning trails.

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Climb Apache Peak

Colorado / Long Lake Trailhead

Start at the Long Lake Trailhead ($10 parking fee) and head up the trail towards Isabell Lake. You'll pass both Long Lake and Isabelle lake, with spectacular views at both.

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Explore Aspen's Foliage Along Government Trail

Colorado / Government Trail

The Government Trail is beautiful and relaxing during spring and summer, but my favorite time to hike it is during fall because it goes through countless numbers of Aspen groves, which have turned a .

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Hike the Weminuche Wilderness to Fourmile Falls

Colorado / Fourmile Trailhead

Located in Southern Colorado’s Weminuche Wilderness, Fourmile Falls is a beautiful day hike perfect for hikers and photographers.

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Hike to Three Sisters

Colorado / Alderfer/Three Sisters Park Parking Lot

The short 1.2 mile long trail, is a family-friendly, dog-friendly trail near Evergreen. The parking lot is incredibly easy to find and there is great signage to make sure you're going the right way.

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Sunset Shots at Lake Dillon

Colorado / Lake Dillon

To get to the southern end of the lake from Denver, head west on 70 until you reach 9. Take 9 for a few miles until you find the spot on the lake where you want to get started.

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Hike Racoon Trail to Panorama Point

Colorado / Racoon Trail

Summer is a magical time of year in the Rocky Mountains. One great way to experience this stunning beauty is through hiking Raccoon Trail to Panorama Point at Golden Gate State Park.

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Hike and Swim at Devil's Punchbowl

Colorado / Schofield Pass Road

Drive north of Crested Butte to Schofield Pass until you come to the sticker-covered sign. Unless you have an ATV, park the car and descend along the infamous and deadly Schofield Pass Road.

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Hike to Old Dillon Reservoir

Colorado / Old Dillon Reservoir Trailhead

Today, Lake Dillon is one of the biggest attractions in the Dillon Valley, attracting boaters, anglers, and campers. However, the large reservoir we know today was not the first one in the area.

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MTB Boreas Pass

Colorado / Boreas Pass

Boreas Pass is a scenic route that lies between Como (north of Fairplay on Hwy 285) and Breckenridge.

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Hike to Crested Butte's Scarp Ridge

Colorado / Scarp Ridge Middle Loop Trailhead

Middle Loop Approach, one of a few ways to hike Scarp Ridge, starts out on an old logging trail.

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Backpack the Colorado Trail: Copper Mountain to Hagerman Pass

Colorado / Colorado Trail: Copper Mountain

The Colorado Trail (CT) runs for 483 miles from Denver to Durango, crossing through eight mountain ranges and passing through six wilderness areas.

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Relax at Trimble Hot Springs

Colorado / Trimble Hot Springs

The Trimble Spa and Natural Hot Springs offers a 101-105 degree, Olympic size swimming pool, in addition to two mineral pools, saunas, and a spa.

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Hike Eagle's Peak (USAFA)

Colorado / Eagles Peak Trail (USAFA)

This is a short trail that goes very high in elevation. In about 1.25 miles you can go about 2000ish feet in elevation change.

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Hike Chimney Gulch Trail at Windy Saddle Park

Colorado / Windy Saddle Park

Just outside of Golden, CO is Lookout Mountain. If you’ve ever driven westbound on i70 from Denver to the mountains, you’ve undoubtedly seen this mountain to your right with antennas on the top.

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Hike the Eagle Sage Loop

Colorado / Eagle Trailhead

This is a great trail if you are in the Boulder area and want something fairly easy or quick. This 3.75 loop can be hiked in about an hour and a half since it is fairly flat.

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Hike to Judd Falls

Colorado / Judd Falls Trail Parking Lot

Starting at 9600 feet, just outside the small town of Gothic is the trail head for Judd Falls.

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Climb Mount Royal

Colorado / Mount Royal Trailhead

To access the trailhead, drive 4 blocks South to the end of 2nd Avenue from Frisco's Main Street. The trailhead is located around 9,075 feet.

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Hike through Rifle Falls State Park

Colorado / Rifle Falls State Park

Rifle Falls State Park is situated just 14 miles north east of major Colorado highway I-70.

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Snowshoe or Ski Lake Isabelle

Colorado / Lake Isabelle (Brainard Lake Recreational Area)

Speechless. That’s how this hike will leave you. And not just because of its length. At over 10 miles, this snowshoe exploration is not for the faint of heart.

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Hike the South Boulder Creek - Mesa Trail - Lower Big Bluestem Loop

Colorado / South Boulder Creek Trailhead

This 4 mile loop ascends only a slight amount in elevation, making for a pleasant loop in which opportunities for appreciation of the nature around you and broad vista photography are in plentiful su.

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Hike Baker's Tank Loop

Colorado / Baker's Tank Trailhead

When the aspens are sporting their golden hues of autumn, Baker's Tank Loop is a perfect fall hike. The trailhead is about ten minutes from downtown Breckenridge.

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Hike to the Historical Interlaken Resort

Colorado / Interlaken Trail

Follow Colorado Highway 24 South from Leadville for 14 miles, then turn right onto Colorado 82 towards Aspen.

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Explore Independence Ghost Town

Colorado / Independence Ghost Town

Back in the late 1800s, Ashcroft, Aspen, and Independence were booming mining town. While Aspen is still thriving today, Ashcroft and Independence are ghost towns.

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Hike Mt. Muscoco

Colorado / Muscoco Trailhead

The Basics: Mt. Muscoco (8020 ft.) is one of the easier summits in the Colorado Springs Front Range area, and you are quickly rewarded with 360 degree views after climbing 1.8 miles and 1,400 feet.

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Hike to Fancy Pass

Colorado / Fancy Lake Trailhead

The Fancy Pass Trail near Red Cliff is an excellent option for those looking to experience hiking in the rugged and pristine conditions of a wilderness area.

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Summit Castle and Conundrum Peaks

Colorado / Castle Creek (Lower Trailhead)

There are many different places to start the trek up to Castle and Conundrum. The first step, however, is always go to the end of Castle Creek Road just outside of Aspen, CO.

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Sunset Views from Morgan Peak

Colorado / Morgan Peak Trailhead

How you get to Morgan Peak and the other 13ers in the area depends on if you have a 4-wheel drive with good clearance or not.

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Hike the South Loop at Elk Meadow Park

Colorado / Elk Meadow Park

Elk Meadow Park near Evergreen, CO spans 1,140 acres of open meadow and pine forests and has over 16 miles of managed trails by Jeffco Open Space.

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Hike to the Red Rocks at Woodland Park

Colorado / Red Rocks Pull-Off

In Woodland Park driving on HWY 24 towards Divide, you will see signs for HWY 67 which is where you'll need to get to.

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Camp at Bear Lake

Colorado / Bear Lake Campground

There are two main campgrounds with enough room for RVs.

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Explore the Historic Railroad Route up Rollins Pass

Colorado / Rollin's Pass

Rollin's Pass Road is a dirt road that follows an old railroad route from the historic town of Tolland, over the Continental Divide, and into Fraser.

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Hike Beaver Brook Trail at Windy Saddle Park

Colorado / Windy Saddle Park

Just outside of Golden, CO is Lookout Mountain. If you’ve ever driven westbound on i70 from Denver to the mountains, you’ve undoubtedly seen this mountain to your right with antennas on the top.

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