Best Trails of Colorado

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#1. Glacier Gorge


In my opinion this is the most beautiful spot in Rocky Mountain National Park. Spectacular scenery, beautiful wildflowers, cascading waterfalls, and beautiful alpine lakes are what you will find on yo…
From the guidebook "Hiking Colorado's Front Range"
Longs Peak, CO - Hiking - 9.6 miles    Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in CO - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#2. Conundrum Hot Springs


A secluded collection of pools in a beautiful wilderness location. Essentially undeveloped, wilderness location. Conundrum is one of Colorado’s most exquisite settings, and if you pick your time caref…
From the guidebook "Touring Colorado Hot Springs"
Aspen, CO - Hot Springs - 18 miles    Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in CO - Click to view allBestHot Springs Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#3. Blue Lake


A wonderful day hike leads to Blue Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. This short hike takes you up to a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by stunning alpine peaks.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Colorado's Front Range"
Ward, CO - Hiking - 5 miles    Best Trail in CO - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#4. Deer Creek Canyon Park


This nice hike through the beautiful foothills west of Denver features year-round access, marked trails, early summer wildflowers, and spectacular views from the summit of Plymouth Mountain (7,295 fee…
From the guidebook "Hiking Colorado's Front Range"
Morrison, CO - Hiking - 5.6 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#5. Boulder County: Longs Peak


Located in north-central Colorado in the Front Range, about 70 miles northwest of Denver, and 10 miles southwest of Estes Park. The most famous Colorado climb, this alpine peak requires a long, strenu…
From the guidebook "Hiking Colorado's Summits"
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - 14 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#6. Canyon Loop Trail


A nice trail system, including an interpretive boardwalk, rambles through a wildlife habitat built around ponds that were once gravel pits. In a world where it often seems that nature is losing out to…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Boulder"
Boulder, CO - Hiking - 1.4 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#7. Rainbow Hot Springs


General description: Moderate hike to small streamside pool in wilderness. Undeveloped except for rocks piled to make a pool below springs. Rainbow Hot Springs spouts from a crease in the solid rock a…
From the guidebook "Touring Colorado Hot Springs"
Pagosa Springs, CO - Hot Springs - 9 miles    BestHot Springs Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#8. Valley View Hot Springs


Secluded naturist development with pools in wooded area. Pools, sauna, and overnight accommodations in a natural setting. Before you leave Valley View Hot Springs, you will believe it is a special pla…
From the guidebook "Touring Colorado Hot Springs"
Alamosa, CO - Hot Springs BestHot Springs Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#9. Mount Princeton Hot Springs


Family lodge and restaurant, with multiple pools. Several hot mineral pools, creekside soaking, and water slide. Enjoying some of the hottest water in the State of Colorado, the area around Mount Prin…
From the guidebook "Touring Colorado Hot Springs"
Nathrop, CO - Hot Springs BestHot Springs Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#10. Arapaho Pass Trail to Lake Dorothy


This is a fantastic day hike up to Lake Dorothy via the Arapaho Pass Trail, one of the best trails in the wilderness area for viewing wildflowers. Trail conditions: The lower section of the Arapaho Pa…
From the guidebook "Hiking Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness"
Nederland, CO - Hiking - 6.4 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#11. Lake County: Mount Elbert


Located in central Colorado in the Sawatch Range, about 11 miles southwest of Leadville, and 4 miles northwest of Twin Lakes Reservoir. The highest point in Colorado, this Fourteener provides a popula…
From the guidebook "Hiking Colorado's Summits"
Leadville, CO - Hiking - 8.6 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#12. Colorado State Forest Area Campgrounds


The beauty of the Colorado State Forest is often overlooked because of its more popular neighbor, Rocky Mountain National Park. Yet the scenery here is almost as stunning and the wildlife almost as pl…
From the guidebook "Camping Colorado"
Gould, CO - Campgrounds BestCampgrounds Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#13. South Canyon Hot Springs


Undeveloped hillside hot-pots with a view. Undeveloped except for a few rocks conveniently placed. Best time to visit: This is generally a summertime location because of its exposure to the elements a…
From the guidebook "Touring Colorado Hot Springs"
Glenwood Springs, CO - Hot Springs BestHot Springs Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#14. Chasm Lake


Chasm Lake lies nestled in a rocky alpine cirque below the towering summits of Longs Peak (14,255 feet) and Mount Meeker (13,911 feet), the two highest summits in Rocky Mountain National Park. The cir…
From the guidebook "Hiking Colorado's Front Range"
Longs Peak, CO - Hiking - 8.4 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#15. Coalton Trail


This trailhead, established in 2011, offers several options for hiking on the high prairie near the town of Superior.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Colorado's Front Range"
Superior, CO - Hiking - 5.8 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#16. Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Trails


Nothing but superlatives roll off the tongue when contemplating the Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness: the beautiful symmetry of the Maroon Bells, trails leading over nine passes above 12,000 feet in e…
From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Aspen, CO - Hiking - 100 miles   
Published by Westcliffe Publishers

#17. Aiken Canyon


Aiken Canyon harbors a rich diversity of life where plains and foothills converge. This nature preserve is home to bear, mountain lion, elk, mule deer, fox, squirrels, rattlesnakes, and over one hundr…
From the guidebook "Hiking Colorado"
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking - 3.4 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#18. Telluride to Moab Hut to Hut


Riders taking part in the San Juan Hut System’s Telluride to Moab bicycle tour are in for an epic adventure. Expect to be treated to the 14,000-foot, snow-capped peaks of the San Juans, the 100-mile-l…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado"
Telluride, CO - Mountain Biking - 201 miles    BestMountain Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#19. Fort Collins and the Poudre River Valley Area Campgrounds


If I didn’t know that poudre is the French word for powder, I would guess that it meant playground. The Cache la Poudre Canyon and the gentle valley at its western end are scenic, loaded with recreati…
From the guidebook "Camping Colorado"
Fort Collins, CO - Campgrounds
Published by Falcon Publishing

#20. Granby and Grand Lake Area Campgrounds


Busy and popular are the best words to describe this area on the western edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, and for good reason. The list of recreational activities available here is long and inclu…
From the guidebook "Camping Colorado"
Granby, CO - Campgrounds
Published by Falcon Publishing