Of all the various outdoor recreational activities, hiking is perhaps our favorite. At The Outdoor Corps, we feature hike guides, lists of an area’s best hikes, and many other tips. Our objective — to help you discover your next hiking adventure around the Rocky Mountain West.

The Outdoor Corps’ hiking articles provide recommended hikes for all skill levels, from novice to advanced. You’ll often find recommendations for some of the most popular hikes in an area (e.g., a national park or wilderness area). However, you’ll also find recommendations on hidden gem hikes that see far fewer crowds. In addition, we back up our recommendations with hike ratings, focused on difficulty, scenery, crowds, and a general fun factor.

There certainly is no shortage of amazing hikes in the Rocky Mountains. Whether you’re looking for a quick day hike or a multi-day backpacking route, The Outdoor Corps has it all.

Arches National Park Visitors Guide

Arches National Park is a stunning natural wonder located in southeastern Utah, near Moab. Known for its natural sandstone arches, this park offers an unforgettable experience for visitors from all around the world. With our Arches National Park Visitors Guide, we provide you with all the information you need to plan an amazing trip.


Mount Falcon Park: Destination Guide

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and just a short drive from Denver, Colorado, Mount Falcon Park covers an expansive 2,252 acres of land. This stunning park boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and even Denver's skyline. Hikers of all skill levels can enjoy the diverse range of easy to strenuous trails.


Redcloud Peak and Sunshine Peak: 14er Hike Review

Redcloud Peak (14,034ft.) and Sunshine Peak (14,001ft.) are two of the most prominent peaks in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. The most common hiking route is Sunshine Peak via Redcloud Peak's Northeast Ridge route, a strenuous Class 2 12.0 mile trail that begins at the Silver Creek/Grizzly Gulch Trailhead.


Windy Saddle Park: Destination Guide

Windy Saddle Park is a picturesque park located on Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado. With over six miles of trails, Windy Saddle Park is a popular destination for hikers, mountain bikers, and nature enthusiasts looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the beauty of the Colorado wilderness.


Uncompahgre Peak: 14er Hike Review

Uncompahgre Peak (14,321ft.), within Colorado's incomparable Uncompahgre Wilderness and the San Juan Mountain Range, is the sixth tallest peak in the state. The standard route to the summit is via the Class 2 South Ridge, which is about 7.4 miles roundtrip with ~3,000ft. of gain.


Mount Elbert: 14er Hike Review

Mount Elbert (14,440ft.), within Colorado's Sawatch Range, is the tallest peak in the state. There are a few routes to the summit, though we prefer the Class 2 Southeast Ridge approach, which is less busy and a bit more challenging at 10.5 miles roundtrip with ~4,500ft. of elevation gain.