Nature January 14, 2020
7 Cool And Calming Hikes To Take In Colorado To Help You Reflect On The Year Ahead
If you a red-blooded human, you may have thought up ways to make this new year the best ever – it may have even been your New Year’s resolution. While we all enter a new year with the best of intentions, they often fall flat, which is why we recommend starting the year with one of these cool and calming hikes that will help put things into perspective and reflect on the year ahead:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs)
Situated on a gorgeous 1,335 acres, the Garden of the Gods is comprised of numerous 300-million-year-old red rock formations, making it one of the most unforgettable hikes in the state! Whether you are looking for something short and sweet or long and strenuous, you will find it at the Garden of the Gods, which has trails ranging from .5-miles to ones that span the entire premise.
2. Skaguay Power Plant (Penrose)
For a Colorado trail that is as historic as it is fascinating, make a trip to Penrose and the nearby Skaguay Power Plant Dating back to 1901, the dam was the world’s first steel-reinforced and rock-faced dam. While the plant closed in the 1960s, its remains can still be seen today via a stunning 10-mile trek that passes through canyons and old homesteads. Does 10 miles sound a bit much? Then you may want to visit...
3. Bear Lake Trail (Estes Park)
...The short and sweet Bear Lake Trail. Located within Rocky Mountain National Park, Bear Lake Trail is a mere .7 miles each way and captures the very essence of Colorado through its surrounding trees, snow-capped mountains, and namesake Bear Lake.
4. St. Mary's Glacier (Idaho Springs)
You know Idaho Springs for the easy-to-recognize Argo Gold Mine & Mill and delicious Beau Jo's Pizza, but did you know that it is also home to one of the best hikes in the state? Welcome to St. Mary's Glacier, which boasts a scenic 1 1/2-mile out-and-back trail that leads you directly to and from this must-see lake!
5. Mount Falcon Castle Trail (Morrison)
When you think of castles, which places come to mind? Anywhere but Colorado, right? Contrary to popular belief, the Centennial State is indeed home to several beautiful palaces, including the ruins of the Mount Falcon Castle, which can be reached via a breathtaking 6.7-mile out-and-back trail.
6. Pawnee Buttes Trail (Grover)
Shh... do you hear that sound? No? Me neither... which is why we love this quiet and serene 4.6-mile out-and-back trail, which is nestled away in the heart of the Eastern Plains.
7. Black Canyon of the Gunnison (Montrose County)
Whether you decide to get out and explore the many trails or simply walk to the nearest lookout, you will find only the most dramatic of views at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and its steep, 48-mile-long ravine.
Which Colorado hike is your favorite? Let us know in the comments! Now that you know which trails to check out this winter, be sure to also visit these
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