Colorado January 12, 2018
If There Are Only 5 Hikes You Ever Do In Colorado, Make Them These
It’s January and the weather is GORGEOUS… isn’t it great?! With temperatures in the comfortable upper 40s and lower 50s, now is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful Centennial State, which can be done by taking one (or all) of these 5 must-hike Colorado trails:
Dinosaur Ridge (Morrison)
The next time you head to a concert at Red Rocks, make plans to leave early so that you can experience the fascinating Dinosaur Ridge; a Morrison Fossil Area National Natural Landmark that houses an epic 1.5-mile trail that passes through hundreds of dinosaur tracks AND bones.
Vindicator Valley Trailhead (Cripple Creek)
Located near Victor, this two-mile gravel trail leads pedestrians on a journey through several late-19th-century gold mines, while at the same time telling the story of these historic buildings and the people who once mined/worked them. Begin your expedition at the 1895 Theresa Gold Mine before passing the hauntingly beautiful Anna J. Mine and several hundred others like it. Whether you walk, bike, run, or ride (horseback), you are sure to find something to love about this "gem" of an area.
Chimney Rock National Monument (Pagosa Springs)
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Chimney Rock National Monument is a massive 4,726 acres that features an old Ancestral Puebloan site that is thought to have housed some 2,000 Native Americans between AD 925 and 1125. (Please note: Since Chimney Rock National Monument and its dwellings are extremely delicate, the area is highly protected; however, tours are given by knowledgable guides every day from May 15th through September 30th.)
Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs)
With its winding, scenic and unforgettable trails, Colorado Springs’s Garden of the Gods may just have the best hike in the entire state. Offering both short beginner (like the Perkins Central Garden Trail, which features a short, 1 1/2 mile trek through the heart of the formations) and moderate hikes (the Chambers/Bretag/Palmer Trail runs 3-miles around the main park and contains uneven, rocky paths), there is truly something for everyone at this Colorado gem.
Devil's Head Lookout Trail (Sedalia)
Nestled within the Pike National Forest lies the Devil's Head Lookout Trail; a 1.4-mile trail that begins at the popular Devil's Head Campground and ends at one of the best hidden gems in the state, which is that of the National Register of Historic Places-inducted Devil's Head Lookout!
Where is your favorite place in Colorado to hike? Spill the beans in the comments!