Colorado hiking vacations begin in the town of Estes Park, Colorado which is known as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. It's a wonderful place to start your mountain hiking vacation.
I'll tell you where you can stay, where to eat, and which Colorado hiking trails lead to sparkling lakes, tumbling waterfalls, possible wildlife sightings, and numerous other beautiful areas.
Many of the Colorado State Parks are located in the mountains and they offer you another great place to enjoy mountain hiking as well as camping. Some of them are full of aspen trees and you know what that means: great fall color hiking. So don't forget to bring your camera!
Have you heard of the Maroon Bells? If not, you have now...they are located near Aspen and are considered to be the most photographed peaks in Colorado, and possibly the United States. They are beautiful any time of the year but especially so in the fall, when the aspen trees turn gold and the whole scene is reflected in Maroon Lake. The above picture of the Maroon Bells was taken in the spring, and they are equally beautiful then too.
Are you wondering where you could go for a Colorado weekend getaway where you could hike? There are lots of places like that which are within reasonable reach of the Denver area.
Colorado Hiking Vacations will also show you different types of Colorado lodging such as bed and breakfasts, lodges, cabins, and hotels, including pet friendly hotels where your pet is as welcome as you are.
Obviously, you'll need to eat while you're here so I'll give you a sampling of some of the restaurants where I like to indulge my taste buds, including a few that come with a lovely view. We also like to take sandwiches with us when we go hiking. So, I've started a page of sandwich recipes...it's great to arrive at a waterfall or alpine lake, sit there, relax, and eat your sandwich!
If you enjoy this site, and like the pictures you see here, you might be interested in helping us make it even better. I have opened a store called Colorado Nature Photos which features my best photographs; many of which you see on this site. My photos are displayed on mugs, coasters, prints and posters, among other things, and I plan to add more photographs as time permits. Each photo product that is sold will earn me a small royalty which will help us in our efforts towards this site. So feel free to visit my Colorado Nature Photos store and browse through it. Thank you so much :-).
Anyway, if you're planning a Colorado hiking vacation, I invite you to explore this site; it's here for you!
And speaking of exploring, if you are looking for information on hiking Colorado's 14ers, try the above link. You'll find good information there for hiking a few of those big mountains.
Site Updates: The most recent information on this site is a new hike I just added to my Colorado Fall hikes page. This is a mostly easy 1.7 mile one-way hike, (although you can go further if you want to), along the Snowmass Creek Trail near Aspen. Leashed dogs are allowed here, and the trail starts out through an aspen forest which soon opens up to views of the mountainside off to your right which is covered in aspen trees. Just click on the above link for more info., and it's the second-to-last hike on that page.