The state of Colorado is so beautiful that it’s not difficult to pretend like you’ve escaped reality and landed in your very own fairytale. In fact, we’ve discovered a hike that seems like it was taken directly from the famous story known as The Secret Garden. That is…if you add snow-capped mountains and high-altitude views. Here’s everything you need to know about this one-of-a-kind fairytale hike along the Yankee Boy Basin Trail in Colorado.

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Hiking in Colorado

What are the most beautiful hikes in Colorado?

Some of the most beautiful hikes in Colorado include the following:

  • Mayflower Gulch
  • Star Dune in Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • South Colony Lakes
  • Hanging Lake
  • Ice Lake in the San Juan Mountains
  • Cascade Creek to Mirror Lake
  • Devil's Head Lookout
  • Alderfer Three Sisters Trail
  • Mount Sniktau
  • Chicago Lakes Trail


If you're hiking in Colorado, be sure that you're prepared. Pack plenty of water and, if you venture into the mountains, don't forget to bring a warm layer as temperatures can change drastically at high altitudes.

Can I hike to historical sites in Colorado?

Yes, there are ways to hike to historical sites in Colorado. The state's expansive history is alive and well today, thanks to the preservation of countless historic attractions. At the top of the list is Crystal Mill, a 19th-century watermill that can be reached by a four-mile service road. While many people opt to drive there with an ATV, it's possible -- and some would argue more rewarding -- to get there by foot. Upon your arrival, you'll quickly understand why Crystal Mill is among the most photographed places in all of Colorado.

What are the most easily accessible hikes in Colorado?

Colorado is home to some truly epic trails, although many of them require technical hiking and climbing skills and take several hours to complete. Fortunately, there are plenty of accessible hikes throughout the Centennial State. If you're wondering about the most easily accessible hikes in Colorado, you might start with any of the following:

  • Bear Lake Nature Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Garden of the Gods Loop Trail
  • Sapphire Point Overlook Trail
  • Sprague Lake Trail
  • Perkins Central Garden Trail
  • Sloan's Lake Loop
  • Lily Lake
  • Rifle Falls
  • Lake Estes Trail
  • Clear Creek Trail

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