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10 Must-Do Summer Backpacking Trips near Denver

The Rockies are where it's at this summer.

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Longer days and warmer nights means it's backpacking season in Colorado. Whether you're a beginner looking for a quick introduction to backpacking or you're wanting to cover some serious mileage, there are endless options near Colorado's capital. The best part is each trip is more beautiful than the last. The Rockies never seem to get old, do they? Check out some of our favorite backpacking trips near Denver and make your plans to get out there and explore the backcountry this summer!

1. Backpack to Payne Creek

Photo: Kathleen Morton

2. Backpack to Lake Verna

Photo: Ian Glass

3. Backpack to the 3 Crater Lakes

Photo: Drew Wallace

4. Backpack to Caribou Lake

Photo: Alison Peck

5. Backpack to Lost Creek

Photo: Ryan McKinney

6. Backpack to Red Deer Lake

Photo: Brynn Schmidt

7. Backpack to Lion and Snowbank Lakes

Photo: Sidney Bush

8. Backpack to Mirror and Crater Lakes

Photo: Eric Schuette

9. Backpack to Odessa Lake via Fern Lake Trailhead

Photo: Andrew Slaton

10. Backpack Alpine Terrain to Haynach Lakes

Photo: Crystal Brindle

Cover photo: Ian Glass

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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