Best Trails of Colorado

This list represents the most popular trails in Colorado. Use this list to plan your next Colorado outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Glacier Gorge

    20 Reviews

    Estes Park, CO

    Spectacular scenery, beautiful wildflowers, cascading waterfalls, and beautiful alpine lakes are what you will find on your hike into Glacier Gorge. Bring along a fishing rod and a camera. Cross ...
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  9.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Spectacular scenery, beautiful wildflowers, cascading waterfalls, and beautiful alpine lakes are what you will find on your ...

  • #2 Blue Lake

    13 Reviews

    Ward, CO

    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. This is one of my favorite ...
    •  2.5 to 4 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    A wonderful day hike leads to Blue Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. This short hike takes you up to a beautiful ...

  • #3 Deer Creek Canyon Park

    12 Reviews

    Morrison, CO

    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 ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  5.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This nice hike through the beautiful foothills west of Denver features year-round access, marked trails, early summer wildflowers, ...

  • #4 Coalton Trail

    12 Reviews

    Superior, CO

    This trailhead, established in 2011, offers several options for hiking on the high prairie near the town of Superior.
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This trailhead, established in 2011, offers several options for hiking on the high prairie near the town of Superior.

  • #5 Royal Arch Trail

    12 Reviews

    Boulder County, CO

    Royal Arch Trail is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 6,090 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.9 miles with a total elevation gain of ...
    •  0.9 miles

    Royal Arch Trail is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 6,090 feet altitude. Traveling ...

  • #6 The Incline Trail

    6 Reviews

    Manitou Springs, CO

    There is a vertical scar on a hill behind Manitou Springs. The trees part in a skinny stripe littered with aged railroad ties that climb steeply to the top of this small mountain. A railroad ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    There is a vertical scar on a hill behind Manitou Springs. The trees part in a skinny stripe littered with aged railroad ...

  • #7 Canyon Loop Trail

    5 Reviews

    Boulder, CO

    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 ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A nice trail system, including an interpretive boardwalk, rambles through a wildlife habitat built around ponds that were ...

  • #8 Booth Lake Trail

    17 Reviews

    Eagles Nest Wilderness Area, CO

    Booth Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Eagle County, Colorado. It is within White River National Forest and Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. It is two miles long and begins at 8,439 feet altitude. ...
    •  2.0 miles

    Booth Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Eagle County, Colorado. It is within White River National Forest and Eagles Nest Wilderness ...

  • #9 Granby and Grand Lake Area Campgrounds

    1 Reviews

    Granby, CO

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    Busy and popular are the best words to describe this area on the western edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, and for good ...

  • #10 Boulder County: Longs Peak

    5 Reviews

    Estes Park, CO

    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, ...
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in north-central Colorado in the Front Range, about 70 miles northwest of Denver, and 10 miles southwest of Estes ...

  • #11 Lost Lake Trail

    11 Reviews

    Roosevelt National Forest, CO

    Lost Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 9,620 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 ...
    •  0.7 miles

    Lost Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest. It is 0.7 miles long ...

  • #12 Maxwell Falls Bluffs Trail

    12 Reviews

    Arapaho National Forest, CO

    Maxwell Falls Bluffs Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is within Arapaho National Forest. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 7,748 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  2.4 miles

    Maxwell Falls Bluffs Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is within Arapaho National Forest. ...

  • #13 Mount Garfield

    8 Reviews

    Grand Junction, CO

    One of the main geographical features of the Grand Valley, the Bookcliffs rise sharply to form a strikingly scenic wall that stretches deep into Utah. In the Grand Junction area, the Bookcliffs ...
    •  3 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the main geographical features of the Grand Valley, the Bookcliffs rise sharply to form a strikingly scenic wall that ...

  • #14 Conundrum Hot Springs

    14 Reviews

    Aspen, CO

    Undeveloped alpine pools, a 9-mile hike from parking and 11,200 feet above sea level in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area near Aspen. Clothing optional. White River National Forest and ...
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Undeveloped alpine pools, a 9-mile hike from parking and 11,200 feet above sea level in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness ...

  • #15 Fort Collins and the Poudre River Valley Area Campgrounds

    1 Reviews

    Fort Collins, CO

    Activities in and around the valley include fishing, rafting, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and four-wheel driving. Or you can just stretch out in a lounge chair and watch ...
    •  Guide

    Activities in and around the valley include fishing, rafting, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and four-wheel ...

  • #16 Aiken Canyon

    9 Reviews

    Canon City, CO

    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 ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  3.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Aiken Canyon harbors a rich diversity of life where plains and foothills converge. This nature preserve is home to bear, ...

  • #17 Lake County: Mount Elbert

    7 Reviews

    Leadville, CO

    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 ...
    •  8.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in central Colorado in the Sawatch Range, about 11 miles southwest of Leadville, and 4 miles northwest of Twin Lakes ...

  • #18 Mount Galbraith

    6 Reviews

    Golden, CO

    A beautiful hike up and around Mount Galbraith (7,163 feet) on a trail in one of the newest Jefferson County Open Space parks. There are beautiful vistas in all directions. Wildflowers, yuccas, ...
    •  2 to 3.5 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    A beautiful hike up and around Mount Galbraith (7,163 feet) on a trail in one of the newest Jefferson County Open Space parks. ...

  • #19 Mount Baldy

    5 Reviews

    Colorado Springs, CO

    Short, convenient drive to high point above Colorado Springs. An exhilarating backcountry experience with great views of the front range. Unlicensed vehicles are permitted on F.S. 379 but not ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2 hours or more
    •  12.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Short, convenient drive to high point above Colorado Springs. An exhilarating backcountry experience with great views of ...

  • #20 Independence Pass Scenic Drive: Twin Lakes to Aspen

    2 Reviews

    Aspen, CO

    This 44-mile-long drive climbs over 12,095-foot Independence Pass, Colorado’s highest paved pass, and the Continental Divide between the upper Arkansas River Valley and Aspen. This scenic drive ...
    •  44 miles
    •  Guide

    This 44-mile-long drive climbs over 12,095-foot Independence Pass, Colorado’s highest paved pass, and the Continental Divide ...