10 Must-Do Summer Backpacking Trips near Denver

    By: The Outbound Collective + Save to a List

    The Rockies are where it's at this summer.

    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

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