Snow is falling in the mountains and you’re ready to get into backcountry skiing in Colorado. Our introductory guide to backcountry touring will help you prepare, provide gear recommendations, and get you started on your way to amazing Colorado backcountry adventures. Have fun out there!
The state of Colorado, home to a vast amount of the southern Rocky Mountain range, is an outdoor adventure paradise. The Outdoor Corps is based out of Colorado’s largest and capital city, Denver, and features articles about the state’s best outdoor activities, lodging, dining, and much more. So, if you want to backpack, ski, rock climb, raft, or engage in any other number of adventures, Colorado has it all.
Visitors to Colorado have access to some of the best national parks in the U.S.: Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Beyond parks, Colorado’s 50+ 14er mountains (i.e., mountains over 14,000 ft.), make it unique in comparison to other states. Indeed, a popular activity, particularly during the summer, is to summit 14er mountains. Of course, there are also many other amazing hikes around the state if you’re looking for something less strenuous.
In addition to premier hiking, Colorado’s world-class ski resorts (e.g,. Aspen, Vail, etc.) make it an amazing winter destination. Many states have one or two great ski resorts, but Colorado has an incredible amount of resorts close together. In fact, many are concentrated not far from the Denver-metro area, making for an easy commute.
Readers of The Outdoor Corps will find recommendations on some of the best things to do around Colorado. Whether you’re searching for itinerary tips or a great adventure, we have the content to help plan your Colorado outing.
Bergen Peak is a 9,702ft. mountain within Elk Meadow Park, located in Evergreen, CO and Jefferson County. Picturesque meadow views, aspen groves, and stunning vistas of nearby Mount Evans and surrounding peaks make the 8.7 mile out-and-back ascent to Bergen Peak extremely popular and a great option close to Denver.
The Flatirons Vista Trail, part of Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP), is an easy 3.5 mile loop hike with stellar views of the iconic sandstone Flatirons. Limited elevation gain and a fairly smooth trail make the Flatirons Vista Trail a great outing during any season.
Indian Peaks Wilderness is an ideal spot to avoid the crowds of Rocky Mountain National Park. Stunningly beautiful and packed with amazing hikes, it's hard to choose favorites. We've compiled a list of what we think are some of the best hikes, ranging in difficulty and distance.
North Table Mountain Park is located in Golden, Colorado within Jefferson County. At 6,552ft., North Table Mountain is a mesa that prominently towers over the city. The park is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, especially rock climbers who frequent the park's Golden Cliffs area.
White Ranch Park is an open space located in Jefferson County, Colorado, north of Golden. With 3,953 acres and 21.5 miles of trails, it's the largest park in the Jeffco open space system. Trails are mostly multi-use, so hikers, runners, mountain bikers, and equestrians can all enjoy.