Best Hiking in Colorado

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

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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"
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - 9.6 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in co - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. 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. This is one of my favorite hi…
From the guidebook "Hiking Colorado's Front Range"
Ward, CO - Hiking - 5 miles Best Trail in co - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. 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 Best Trail in co - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. 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 Best Trail in co - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. 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…
From the guidebook "Hiking Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness"
Nederland, CO - Fishing, Hiking - 6.4 miles Best Trail in co - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#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 - Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 1.4 miles Best Trail in co - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Booth Falls


While the elevation of Booth Creek Trail puts it in the montane zone, the stream-cut valley evokes images of a trek in the Alps. In two miles of trail, 1,100 vertical feet translates to a fair increas…
From the guidebook "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The High Country"
Vail, CO - Hiking - 4.2 miles Best Trail in co - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Westcliffe Publishers

#8. 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 Best Trail in co - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#9. 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 Best Trail in co - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#10. Royal Arch


Keep a sharp eye out for raptors soaring in the skies on this popular hike amongst Boulder’s famous Flatirons. The sandstone arch itself is modest compared to those in southern Utah, but it frames an…
From the guidebook "The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide"
Boulder, CO - Hiking - 4 miles Best Trail in co - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#11. Maxwell Falls Trail


These peaceful falls are tucked back in a quiet drainage in the Arapaho National Forest. The water cascades year-round-in spring the pools are full and water spills vigorously down the rocks; in autum…
From the guidebook "12 Short Hikes in the Denver Foothills Central"
Evergreen, CO - Hiking - 3 miles Best Trail in co - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Mount Garfield


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 top ou…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Hikes in Colorado"
Grand Junction, CO - Hiking - 4 miles Best Trail in co - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#13. Conundrum Hot Springs


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 Maroon…
From the guidebook "Touring Colorado Hot Springs"
Aspen, CO - Hiking - 9 miles Best Trail in co - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#14. 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 Best Trail in co - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#15. 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"
Canon City, CO - Hiking - 3.4 miles Best Trail in co - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#16. Lost Lake (Boulder County)


Popular for its alpine lakes, wildflowers and aspen, by Week 43 this place should be thankfully uncrowded. The easy hike to Lost Lake passes numerous cascades and waterfalls to reach a quiet lake with…
From the guidebook "The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide"
Nederland, CO - Hiking - 3.6 miles Best Trail in co - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#17. Mount Galbraith


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, cacti,…
From the guidebook "Hiking Colorado's Front Range"
Golden, CO - Hiking - 4 miles Best Trail in co - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#18. Barr Lake State Park


A beautiful, easy hike along the shoreline of Barr Lake offers great views of the Indian Peaks and Rocky Mountain National Park. You can see for a hundred miles to the north and south along the Front…
From the guidebook "Hiking Colorado's Front Range"
Brighton, CO - Hiking - 9.2 miles Best Trail in co - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#19. Alberta Falls


Icy snowmelt from the frigid peaks of the Continental Divide- the Sharkstooth, Otis Peak, Taylor Peak and Thatchtop-feeds the misty cascades of Alberta Falls, which resemble a spill of snow. The fal…
From the guidebook "12 Short Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park - Estes Park"
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - 1.2 miles
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#20. 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
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