I've been drawn to Colorado hiking trails for years, but that's getting ahead of myself. My name is Karen and though I'm from the U.S., I spent most of my growing up years in France and Switzerland. I spent many happy times hiking both the French and Swiss Alps, and as you can probably guess, that's where I developed my love of hiking.
Did you know that when hiking in those two countries, you sometimes come across cows with big bells around their necks? I've never seen that on a Colorado hiking trail! Have you? But I always liked to hear the sound of those bells, so I got some smaller versions of them and hung them on door knobs in my home. That way, I could ring them every once in a while and imagine I was out there on the hiking trail!
Anyway, to continue my story, I graduated from high school in Switzerland, and that summer, my family and I took a vacation in Colorado. Although I have to admit it wasn't specifically a hiking vacation, we did spend time on Colorado hiking trails. One of the places we went to was the Maroon Bells and as you may have already seen, I've devoted a whole page about the Maroon Bells on this site. And with good reason!
So, after having been on vacation in Colorado, I decided I wanted to go to college here and that's how I ended up in Colorado. I spent my college years in Glenwood Springs and Gunnison, and when I graduated, I moved down to Boulder. Boulder is definitely a great place to live for anyone who loves to hike, like I do. Hiking trails are everywhere and I was lucky enough to live relatively near Boulder's Chautauqua Park, (where the Boulder Flatirons are), and it has plenty of hiking trails.
I lived in Boulder for many years and hiked many of the trails around there and then at one point, I met and married my husband Gary. No, we didn't meet on a Colorado hiking trail but he did propose to me in Boulder's Chautauqua Park. I thought the setting was ideal! In addition to hiking in and around Boulder, we started going up to Rocky Mountain National Park and doing a lot of those hikes, of which there are many. You may have noticed a large number of those hikes here on this site.
Somewhere along the way, I decided it would be fun to create a website about hiking trails in Colorado, but I had no idea how to build a website. So I searched online and hoped to find a way to build one without having to know a lot of html or technical stuff. I spent a lot of time at it and at some point, I came across a company called Sitesell. They had something called Site Build It, (or SBI for short), and it seemed to be exactly what I was looking for.
But you know how it is, when something seems too good to be true, it usually is. So I kept on looking for a way to build a website. But I couldn't find anything that seemed as good as what Sitesell was offering, and besides, Sitesell was offering a money-back guarantee. It seemed to be risk-free so I decided I would buy it, try it out, and if I didn't like it, I'd get my money back. Well, I never needed to do that because SBI was everything they promised, and much more.
If you'd like to know more about SBI!, just click on the link at the bottom of this page that says: Powered by SBI!.
My husband Gary and I have since moved to a suburb of Denver, (closer to his job), and although it doesn't have all the hiking that Boulder does, it's actually easier to get to Rocky Mountain National Park. That's because we're closer to the major highway that takes you on your way there.
If you have any questions or comments about this Colorado Hiking Vacations site, do let us know. We're here to help. :-) Also, if you know of any hikes that you think we should include on this site, do let us know. Hikes should be rated easy to moderate, and not more than about 7 miles roundtrip...kind of like most of the hikes on this site. :-)