Colorado: A Must-Go for Your Adventurous Soul


To put it simply, Colorado is a backpacker’s paradise. Choose your pick – an epic week-long journey on the popular trails or a one-night halt at the Pike National Forest over-seeing the twinkling city-lights from a distance! No matter what you choose, one thing is for sure: you will find yourself in the lap of snow-clad mountain peaks and gorgeous green valleys! Colorado with its miles of wilderness, national parks and other public lands offer you the ideal respite from the shackles of modern life.

But, to let Colorado leave a permanent impression on your life…you need to figure out

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The Ideal Time to Visit

The ideal time to visit Colorado is between the months of mid-July and September. The reason:

“The wildflowers in the high country are not at their peak until late July, early August.”

You can also opt for the fall, but it might bring about a winter-like weather. However, the peak can extensively vary depending on the elevation and year-to year weather variations.

Pick according to your choice! But, with so many options before you which trail are you going to avail?

Confused?

Not Anymore! Here is the list of the

Top 5 Trails of Colorado

The Four Pass Loop: It is perhaps THE destination for the greatest short backpacking trip in Colorado.

When the scenic splendor of the Elk Mountains and the Maroon Bells meet, the backpackers are in for a rewarding three to four day loop over the four mountain passes near Aspen. If you are visiting during early summer, the amazing array of wildflowers is going to leave you speechless.

Elevation Gain: 8,000 feet.

Get a permit at the trailhead.      


Buffalo Peaks Wilderness: Get away from the crowd for a couple of days! This place is scarcely populated. However, the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness a treasure trove with

“rolling hills and broad meadows, dominated by the twin cones of the Buffalo Peaks.”

The best campsites, with established fire-rings are situated in the Buffalo meadows.

Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet.

No permits required!

South Colony Lakes: This is a lovely alpine basin, situated in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It is the primary access point for four fourteeners: Humboldt, Crestone and Kit Carson peaks and Crestone Needle. This is an extremely popular trail with the roads leading to makeshift campsites and timberline.

Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet.

No permits required; however no camping is permitted within 300 feet of the lake.   

Wheeler Geologic Area: In here you will get the most bizarre rock formations of Colorado. It is going to be a bone-jarring drive or a long hike, but once you reach the Wheeler Geologic Area, you will be taken aback because,

“Hidden in the La Garita range of the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado, in the Rio Grande National Forest, erosion has created a wonderland of rock pillars, shards and canyons to rival Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park”

Elevation Gain: 1,140 feet.

No permits required; however, beware of the loose and dangerous rocks.   


Weminuche Wilderness: This place, though remote, offers countless backpacking opportunities. Take a train to the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and spend a couple of days amidst the best mountain scenery Colorado has to offer. This might be that Must-Have Colorado experience that you should not give a miss.

Elevation Gain: 8,000 feet

No permits required.    

Backpacking in Colorado can turn out to be one of the best hiking experiences of your life. However, don’t forget to be safe. Because, if you stay safe you will be able to enjoy the trip much more!!


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