Do you need a break from it all? Trust me; I know the feeling… but luckily for us, there are plenty of quiet, hidden places located right here in Colorado that are perfect for a quick escape, including:
1. Forsythe Canyon (Boulder)
When you hike the quiet trails of Forsythe Canyon, you never know just what you're going to find; a scenic waterfall, a herd of deer, a patch of gorgeous columbines... you can see it all on this designated two miles of trail.
2. Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (Eads)
There is something hauntingly beautiful about this historic Colorado spot. Maybe it's the eerie silence? Or the warm breeze of the Plains? Whatever it may be, the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site is one that deserves to be discovered.
3. Zapata Falls (Mosca)
Several of you recommended visiting Zapata Falls; a secluded and gorgeous hike along the San Luis Valley. The best part of the journey? The towering 25-foot waterfall.
4. Devil's Causeway (Yampa)
Explorer, beware: The views from the Devil's Causeway may be unlike anything you've ever seen, but the hike across the narrow ridge can be dangerous, so tread with caution.
5. Historic Fairy Caves Tour (Glenwood Springs)
Buried beneath Glenwood Springs are the fascinating Fairy Caves, which consist of more than 10 rooms with various stalactites, stalagmites, sights and sounds.
6. Pawnee Buttes (Keota)
Located in the Pawnee National Grassland of northeastern Colorado lie the Pawnee Buttes; a pair of hills created by the original High Plains surface wearing away. (They shouldn't be too hard to find!)
7. Paint Mines Interpretive Park (Calhan)
One of the last things you'd expect to find on the Eastern Plains of Colorado are colorful formations of sandstone. Just east of Colorado Springs, however, you will find just that, along with a scenic hike full of varying ecosystems.
8. Indian Peaks Wilderness (Boulder)
Pick a trail; any trail! You're guaranteed to find a place to inspire and relax you within these 76,711 acres of stunning purple mountain majesties.
9. Conejos River Valley (Conejos County)
If you think the River Valley looks pretty here, just wait until you see it during the fall...
10. St. Elmo
There is something peaceful about this abandoned mining town. Maybe it's the utter quietness? Or the way it gets you thinking and wondering about those who once lived here? No matter the case, St. Elmo is truly a state gem.
11. St. Mary's Glacier (Idaho Springs)
New to hiking? Then St. Mary's may be the perfect trail for you. (The trail only reaches 3/4 mile one way, but be cautious of rocks.)
12. Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area (Aspen)
If this picture doesn't convince you to visit, nothing will!