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!
Special Note about the proposed Fee hike at Rocky Mountain:
You may have heard about the proposed fee hike that the National Park Service is currently considering for many of our country's best national parks, including Rocky Mountain National Park. In case you haven't yet heard, the NPS is considering raising the entry fee into RMNP, (and many other of our national parks), to $70.00. That's up from the current $20.00 per vehicle at Rocky Mountain. A lot of people including myself, think this is crazy. The NPS is allowing comments from the public about this from now through December 22, 2017. If you would like to join me in opposing this, you can click on the following link to submit your comments:
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!
And if you think you might be interested in booking a tour of some sort, just click on the below link for Viator, which I'm partnering with. (They are a TripAdvisor company.) They have a lot of tours in Colorado, and I'm pretty sure you'll find one to your liking :-).
Also, can you think of any hiking gear or camping related stuff you might need before you head up to the mountains? Maybe a water bottle or hiking stick for when you go hiking. Or how about a flashlight or lantern if you'll be camping. All of these things and much more, are available from REI, whom I partner with. Everything you buy through the below link will help me keep this site online. Thank you so much :-).
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!
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 link in this sentence. 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 Indian Peaks Wilderness page. This trail is a 2.3 mile one-way moderate hike up to the Fourth of July Mine. It's a rocky trail that includes wildflowers, (mid to late July), cascading waterfalls, and beautiful mountain vistas. At the end of your hike, you'll see what's left of some old mining equipment, and that will be your turn-around point. If that sounds interesting, it's the 6th hike down on the above linked page. Enjoy, and I hope these trails will be a fun part of your Colorado hiking vacation :-).