Johnathan ValdezExplorer

  • Hike to Old Dillon Reservoir

    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.  The Old Dillon Reservoir was built in the 1930s to ...

    1.7 miles 137 ft gain

  • Hike the Fountain Valley Trail at Roxborough State Park

    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. This very well maintained trail is wide and flat and perf...

    2.3 miles 100 ft gain

  • Hike Mount Falcon

    Just a short drive from Denver up US-285 sits Mount Falcon Park, a 2,248 acre open space park managed by Jefferson County. With over 12 miles of hiking trails and stunning views of Denver and the Front Range, this park is perfect for getting in a ...

    3.7 miles

  • Camp and Fish at 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. In 1870, gold and silver was discovered in area, which lead to a small boom i...

  • Hike the Dyke to Dark Canyon Loop

    Kebler Pass near Crested Butte is a leaf peepers paradise considering that one of the largest groves of aspens in Colorado makes its home here. If you want those postcard views of rugged mountain peaks and vibrant aspens, then I recommend hiking t...

    6.5 miles 1700 ft gain

  • Hike the Sawmill Trail to Fairy Forest

    If you brought the family to Breckenridge chances are you're probably not bringing the little ones on your next 14'er summit. Are you looking for an easy hike to let the kiddos experience some nature and run around a bit? Well then this short hike...

    1.5 miles 250 ft gain

  • Hike to Horsethief Falls and Pancake Rocks

    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.Most of the trail runs through the forest, which makes this an excellent can...

    7.6 miles 1400 ft gain

  • Hike the Three Lakes Trail

    The Three Lakes trail near Crested Butte is a great loop if you're looking to hit up a couple mountain lakes. At 4.5 miles with moderate incline, this trail can easily be knocked out in under 2 hours. It also is a great hike to admire fall colors ...

    4.5 miles 580 ft gain

  • Camp at Drinks Canyon

    Drinks Canyon Camping Area is located just 6 miles up the Colorado River on Hwy 191 from Moab. This BLM managed campsite has 17 sites that are all first-come, first served. Just a short drive from Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, F...

  • Hike to Murphy Point

    Murphy Point, found in the Island In The Sky district of Canyonlands NP, takes hikers on a mesa that ends at an overlook with sweeping vistas over Murphy Basin, the White Rim, and Green River. If you're looking to get away from the tourists, then ...

    3.4 miles 320 ft gain

  • Hike to Lily Pad Lake

    Lily Pad Lake is a well known destination just outside of Silverthorne and in the Eagle's Nest Wilderness. The trail may be heavily trafficked on the weekends, but solitude can still be found in the early mornings or during the weekdays.The trail ...

    3.2 miles 400 ft gain

  • Hike the Main Loop Trail at Bandelier National Monument

    Bandelier National Monument encompasses over 33,000 acres of public land, including Frijoles Canyon, the home of the Ancestral Puebloans that once lived in the area. The park has miles of trails to explore the rugged countryside, but the main attr...

    1.2 miles 150 ft gain

  • Hike the 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. Vrain Creek for most of the way and follows moderate grades throughout. ...

    4 miles 1207 ft gain

  • Hike to Fancy Pass

    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. This 6 mile roundtrip trail will take you into the Holy Cross Wilderness and up close and...

    6 miles 2373 ft gain

  • Hike the South Rim Trail at Roxborough State Park

    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 city.One of my favorite trails in the park is the...

    3 miles 300 ft gain

  • Hike the South Loop at 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. This park will give the visitor a diverse taste of ecosystems and terrain and is perfect for trail r...

    4.4 miles

  • Boulder The Eggs on the Hidden Fawn Trail

    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 you, Alderfer/Three Sisters Park is the perfect pl...

    1.3 miles 171 ft gain

  • Hike the Sawmill to Maverick Loop

    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.Starting from the west parking area, cross the ro...

    2 miles 450 ft gain

  • Hike to Tower Arch

    Tower Arch is located in the remote Klondike Bluffs area in Arches National Park. If you're looking at the park map, you can see the unimproved Salt Valley Road that leads south then west from the main road towards Klondike Bluffs. The road is rou...

    3.4 miles 300 ft gain

  • Hike or Bike the Walker Ranch Loop

    When it comes to hiking trails in Boulder, the standard response usually consists of either Chautauqua Park or Mt. Sanitas, and while both offer excellent hiking options, they are both usually jam packed on the weekends. If you’re looking to stay ...

    7.7 miles 1740 ft gain

  • Hike the Coyote Song-Swallow Trail Loop

    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're looking for an after-work adventure or just do...

    3 miles 350 ft gain

  • Hike and Explore White Ranch Park

    For those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, White Ranch Park is the perfect escape within a reasonable drive from Denver. This Jefferson County Open Space park has over 20 miles of developed trails that are open to hiking...

  • Hike & Photograph Roxborough State Park

    Roxborough State Park is one of the closest state parks to the Denver metro area which makes it the perfect place to visit for those wanting to experience Colorado's beauty without subjecting themselves to lengthy drive times.The park is open year...