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Hike to Lily Pad Lake in Silverthorne, Colorado
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Hike to Lily Pad Lake in Silverthorne, Colorado

If you’re looking for a quick hike with lots to see and quick access from downtown Silverthorne, Lily Pad Lake is it. This is a wonderful family-friendly hike is filled with views, wildflowers, water crossing, and tall pines on your way to a small lake covered with lily pads. Getting there: You can hike to … Continue reading

Cool Colorado Lakes for Water Fun
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Cool Colorado Lakes for Water Fun

The sweltering summer heat has a lot of us searching for spots where we can cool off. These are some of my favorite cool Colorado lakes for aqua adventures. Some take a little effort to get to and other are easy access. Close to Denver: Barr Lake State Park This is one of my favorite … Continue reading

Hike to Paradise Cove in Guffey Gorge, Colorado
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Hike to Paradise Cove in Guffey Gorge, Colorado

This is a short out-and-back trail near Florissant, Colorado that takes you to a wonderful secluded swimming hole with two small waterfalls. I hiked to Paradise Cove in Guffey Gorge late one afternoon/early evening and had it to myself. It’s a tucked away spot that’s a gem of a find. Getting There: Guffey Gorge Day … Continue reading

Hike in Waterton Canyon to See Bighorn Sheep
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Hike in Waterton Canyon to See Bighorn Sheep

You don’t have to hike far to see some bighorn sheep in Waterton Canyon. It’s an easy hike with a big wildlife sighting pay-off. Seeing wildlife on a hike is fascinating and exhilarating. Even with wildlife as cute as bighorn sheep, you need to keep your distance. The bighorn sheep in Waterton Canyon might seem … Continue reading

Hike to Arthur’s Rock in Fort Collins, Colorado
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Hike to Arthur’s Rock in Fort Collins, Colorado

If you’re looking for a fairly short and moderately strenuous hike along the Front Range, Arthur’s Rock Trail is a great option. It’s in Lory State Park and is a wonderful alternative to the more crowded (but wonderful!) Horsetooth Rock hike. It’s a hike to a granite outcropping named for an early settler. In the … Continue reading