The Unmissable Trails You Should Hike in Colorado

By Hayley Donigan

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Here at Glamping Hub, we’re enthusiasts of all things nature—sleeping in nature, eating in nature, and, most importantly, exploring right in the heart of nature. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned hiker, we’re sure you know that one of the best ways to immerse yourself in wilderness is to get out on the trails and see what wonderful surprises are in store for you.

Every state in the U.S. has beautiful hiking spots, and Colorado is no exception. There are tons of unparalleled hiking spots in this mountain state, whether it’s a trail through the Rockies or a day hike near Boulder. Some of these hikes are simply unmissable, so we’ve written about three of the best trails you should hike in Colorado to help you get your adventure started.

Columbine Trail —Three Miles Long—Moderate Difficulty

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Fantastic for those who want to soak in the native flora and fauna of Colorado in a simple day hike, the Columbine Trail in Colorado Springs can be accessed from three trailheads (allowing you to choose the length and difficulty of your hike). It meanders through beautiful Cheyenne Canyon and has a terrific end at Helen Hunt Falls. Along the way, you will see Mays Peak, Mount Buckhorn, Mount Cutler, and Muscoco Mountain, and there are babbling streams and plenty of wildlife to enjoy as you trek.

Barr Trail —13 Miles Long—Difficult

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If you want to challenge yourself a little bit more, then graduate onto the Barr Trail, which winds through Pike National Forest. Its high elevation increases its difficulty, but the reward is great—the climb ends at Pikes Peak summit. Interestingly, Barr Trail was originally created in the 1800s by a prospector, and it later became a burro trail. Now, it is one of the most popular hiking trails in Colorado.

Colorado Trail —486 Miles Long—Difficult

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Traversing the Colorado Trail is one of the greatest feats that any Colorado resident can complete. Stretching from near Denver to Durango, it winds through one of the most mountainous regions in the state. In fact, it crosses through six National Forests, eight mountain ranges, several mining towns, and even ancient Native American trails. The challenge will be rewarded because hikers of this trail will undoubtedly experience some of the most stunning scenery in Colorado.

You will never regret experiencing the thrill of completing one of these great Colorado hiking trails, and you’ll be equally thrilled to spend your nights in nature too. Ranging from mountain cabins to authentic tipis, our Colorado weekend getaways are a wonderful addition to any hike in this mountain state. Click here to explore our top mountain getaways.