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The Guide to Camping in Colorado

A comprehensive look at setting up under the stars, including the 30 best places to camp in Colorado, tips on must-have gear, and gourmet (but easy!) recipes.

Hike We Like: Mount Herman Trail

This steep hike near Monument is rewarded with views stretching all the way from Castle Rock to the snow-capped summit of Pikes Peak.

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First-Timer’s Guide: Winter Park

A quick jaunt over Berthoud Pass leads to this fun-loving, outdoor paradise in Grand County—and offers a merciful early exit from I-70 traffic.

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Hike We Like: White Rocks Trail

This scenic, creekside trail is a great wintertime option for when you crave mountain views, but don’t want to tackle steep, icy trails.

Hike We Like: Bald Mountain’s Pines to Peaks Loop

The short trail up this little-known peak in a Boulder County is perfect for anyone who enjoys walking through the forest and gazing at great views of both the plains and the Continental Divide.

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Hike We Like: Peaks to Plains Trail

This beautiful three-mile segment along Clear Creek offers a taste of the 65-mile route that will eventually link the South Platte River with the Continental Divide.

Hike We Like: Purgatory Creek Trail

This downhill-first trail near Purgatory Resort winds through gorgeous stands of aspen to a rocky bench with views of several scenic canyons.

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Hike We Like: Animas Mountain Loop

This loop hike or mountain bike ride on the northwest side of Durango offers amazing views of the Animas River Valley as well as the lofty La Plata peaks.

Hike We Like: Sand Canyon Trail

This beautiful slickrock route explores the heart of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, which hosts the nation’s largest concentration of archaeological sites.

Colorado’s Best-Kept Secrets

There are still plenty of places left to be explored in the Centennial State—like these 88 overlooked gems.

Hike We Like: Mount Audubon Trail

This thirteener's position east of the Continental Divide offers a visual marriage of snow-capped peaks and wildflower-filled valleys. 

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