The Best Chillin in Colorado

Looking for the best chillin in Colorado? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Colorado. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top chillin spots in and near Colorado

  • Nederland, Colorado

    Backpack to the 3 Crater Lakes

    5.0
    6.5 mi / 2100 ft gain
    After turning on to Co. 16 (Tolland Rd.) from 119 at Rollinsville, drive about 8 miles down the dirt road along South Boulder Creek. The road will dead end at Moffat Tunnel where you'll find ample parking in a gravel lot with restrooms.You'll begin your hike along sweeping meadows until you enter...
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  • Steamboat Springs, Colorado

    Strawberry Park Hot Springs

    4.6
    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. Steamboat is known primarily as a ski resort, but the area also offers amazing hikes and fishing in the summer, and top-notch leaf-peeping in the fall. Add a...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Backpack to Conundrum Hot Springs

    4.3
    18 mi / 2500 ft gain
    After picking up your required overnight permit, start your morning with a coffee in Aspen, then drive out 15 min to the trailhead at the end of Conundrum Creek road. The trail is a straight shot 9 miles up the valley, through expansive meadows and an always incredible view of the mountains and ...
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  • Boulder, Colorado

    Hike Royal Arch

    4.3
    Royal Arch Trail climbs up Boulder's famous Chautauqua Park to an archway formed by sandstone rocks that tower over thirty feet high.Start at the Chautauqua Trail Station by the Ranger Station, and continue up Bluebell Road for 0.7 miles. You will then arrive at a more forested area, where you wi...
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  • Golden, Colorado

    Capture Sunrise from Lookout Mountain

    3.7
    Lookout Mountain sits just above Golden and provides one of the best easy-access viewpoints near Denver. The mountain provides numerous vantage spots along the road up, with the best at a rock outcropping just below Buffalo Bill's Gravesite & Museum (with easy parking).If you're hoping to ca...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Explore the Maroon Bells & Snowmass Wilderness

    5.0
    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. It is world famous for the Maroon Bells, two challenging 14ers just outside of Aspen Colorado. The third 14er, Pyramid Peak is also considered a class...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Hike Mt. Ida

    5.0
    9.5 mi / 2112 ft gain
    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. You will pass Alpine Visitor Center and the road sharply turns south at Medicine Bow Curve. The trailhead...
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  • Guffey, Colorado

    Take a Dip in Paradise Cove

    4.5
    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. Follow County Road 11 for 4.1 miles, until a T intersection, and make a right turn at the inters...
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  • Carbondale, Colorado

    Hike by Lizard Lake to Crystal Mill

    5.0
    10 mi
    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 extraordinary.Getting ThereThe hike is located in the small town of Marble, about 40 minutes east of Carbon...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Explore the Devil's Punch Bowl

    5.0
    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. I have never seen such blue water before (outside of an amusement park). While Driving from Aspen on CO82 towa...
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  • Mosca, Colorado

    Hike High Dune at Great Sand Dunes National Park

    4.8
    2.5 mi / 700 ft gain
    The Great Sand Dunes are one the most unique landscapes in Colorado. These massive dunes are the tallest sand dunes in North America. Hiking these dunes can be very difficult, but well worth the amazing views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. If you plan on visiting in the summer, be sure t...
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  • Leadville, Colorado

    Hike to Savage Lakes

    5.0
    5 mi / 1200 ft gain
    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 2.5 miles and reach lower Savage Lake. The trail is easy enough to follow with no junctions along the way, and is adjac...
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  • San Miguel County, Colorado

    Hike to Mystic Falls, CO

    4.2
    2 mi / 300 ft gain
    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. And even some locals seem to have never heard of it. So I feel like I lucked out on this last trip to Telluride when a friend found a blog post and...
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  • Cripple Creek, Colorado

    Drive Gold Camp Road

    4.3
    5 mi
    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. Continue driving down the dirt road, turn the corner and BAM, you're hit with some mountain views that will take your breath away. As you continue to drive Gold camp r...
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  • Golden, Colorado

    Hike or Bike Matthews/Winters Park

    4.0
    4.5 mi
    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. Nestled in the foothills between Golden and Morrison just off I-70 and C-470, Matthews/Winters is easy to access from Denver and any of the...
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  • Lyons, Colorado

    Camp at Coulson Gulch

    4.0
    9 mi
    Coulson Gulch is a lightly used area of the Roosevelt National Forest which makes it perfect for a weekend getaway without the crowds. This is a great place to camp out under the stars!To get to Coulson Gulch From Lyons, head west on U.S. Highway 36 for about 9 miles. Turn southwest onto Larimer ...
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