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

Hiking Petroglyph Point Loop at Mesa Verde National Park
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Hiking Petroglyph Point Loop at Mesa Verde National Park

I love Mesa Verde National Park. If I’m anywhere close, I’m likely driving up the mesa to spend more time in the first national park dedicated to the works of man. Ancestral Puebloan people lived on the mesa from around 600 AD to 1300 AD. I love doing the loop drives and hitting the trail. … Continue reading

Shrine Ridge Trail: Hike off of I-70 on Vail Pass
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Shrine Ridge Trail: Hike off of I-70 on Vail Pass

This is a hike known having tons of wildflowers. It’s been on my list for awhile and I finally did a solo hike to catch some of the last wildflowers before nature’s vibrant color palette turns to one of autumnal hues. This is a great solo hike, family hike or hiking with dogs. It was … Continue reading

Hike to Colorado’s Only Geyser:  Geyser Spring Trail
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Hike to Colorado’s Only Geyser: Geyser Spring Trail

This is a hike that’s way down a dirt road off of Highway 145 between Dolores and Telluride in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado.  I recently found out about Colorado’s only true geyser and immediately added it to my itinerary for my recent Cortez trip.  The trail is Geyser Spring Trail.  I turned … Continue reading

Castle Ruins in Colorado: A Great Hike in Morrison
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Castle Ruins in Colorado: A Great Hike in Morrison

I set out on a hiking adventure with my cousin Elizabeth and her two grandsons in Morrison, Colorado. It’s a great small town in the Foothills and only about 20-25 minutes from downtown Denver. I thought we were heading out on a 3-4 mile hike. Little did I know we were hiking to castle ruins … Continue reading

Two Hikes in a Day along Colorado’s Front Range – Horsetooth and Devil’s Backbone
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Two Hikes in a Day along Colorado’s Front Range – Horsetooth and Devil’s Backbone

Want to do two very different hikes in a day? It’s easy along Colorado’s Front Range. My hometown friend Danny came into Denver with a goal to log some miles. Since the High Country continues to be covered in snow I suggested we do something along the Front Range. My pick – Horsetooth Rock in … Continue reading

Leaf Peeping in Breckenridge & Frisco
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Leaf Peeping in Breckenridge & Frisco

My friend Melissa and I have a fall foliage tradition.  For several years now, we’ve gone leaf peeping in and around Breckenridge, Colorado, on or close to September 18th.  Fall colors usually peak in Breckenridge around that date.  This year the leaves peaked earlier than normal because of the hot and dry conditions.  While they … Continue reading

Hike a Mountain Stairmaster in Frisco
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Hike a Mountain Stairmaster in Frisco

When you’re in Frisco, Colorado, the peak looming overhead is Mount Royal.  It’s a mountain version of a “stairmaster.”  This hike is a quick butt kick since you gain almost 1,400 feet in two miles, with the bulk of the elevation gain in just over a mile.  In other words….it’s straight up.  It’s one of … Continue reading