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.

Distance Carbon Z Trekking Pole Review

The Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles are designed for ultralight adventures. Extremely lightweight, packable, and durable, these folding trekking poles are some of the best we've used to date. In a market rife with competition, we continually reach for these poles.


Best Hikes in Arches National Park

Arches National Park is rich in natural beauty, which is why it is such a popular tourist destination. With hiking trails that range in difficulty, visitors have plenty of choices to experience the sandstone arch formations up close. We've listed our favorite Arches hikes to help you plan your trip.


Ten Essentials for Hiking in the Rockies

If you're wondering what to pack on your next outdoor adventure, begin with the Ten Essentials. These are a compilation of safety and preparedness items that everyone should carry. From clothing, navigation, nutrition, and other equipment, our recommendations will help you prepare.


ust Highlander 2-Person Backpacking Tent Review

The ust Highlander 2-Person Backpacking Tent is an affordable 3-season tent with a minimum weight of 3lb. 13oz. A spacious interior and equally roomy vestibules demonstrate this tent's focus on comfort. Though not freestanding, guylines and practice will help set-up the tent to withstand what the weather has in store.


ust Freestyle Backpacking Sleeping Mat Review

The ust Freestyle Lightweight Backpacking Sleeping Mat is an affordable three-season sleeping pad that is super packable, durable, and convenient to use. Weighing 17oz. and packing down to the size of a Nalgene bottle, we like the Freestyle for fast-packing adventures during the warmer seasons when we’re on the move in the backcountry.