Best Multi-Day Hikes and Backpacking Vacations In 2019
It’s impossible to underestimate just how spectacular Colorado’s backcountry scenery is. From the majesty of the Rocky Mountains, to the intimate ‘locals’ feel of the Indian Peaks and James Peak Wildernesses and from the Flattop Wilderness to the Upper Colorado River. From its eastern edge to the western slope, Colorado is blessed with hundreds of miles of pristine hiking trails, backpacking loops and day hikes. To see the best of the state, one day just doesn’t cut it. It takes getting out into wild and open spaces and experiencing the best that the state has to offer. Here are some of our favorite Multi-Day Hikes and Backpacks of 2019.
Best Rocky Mountain National Park Backpacking Trips
It’s impossible to start a trip without Colorado’s crown jewel: Rocky Mountain National Park. Since 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park has been one of America’s most beloved national parks teeming with wildlife such as moose, elk, deer, coyotes, and black bears. From its pristine waterfalls, lakes, and waterways to it’s various districts including the Mummy Range to the north, Longs Peak, Hallett and Flattop Peaks, Wild Basin and North Inlet. Rocky Mountain National Park is well known for its legendary backpacking trails leading to some of the best fly-fishing, mountaineering, and backcountry skiing in the state. The park lends itself to a multitude of trails from easy for beginners to multi-day treks and traverses across the park. In 2019 you won’t want to miss the opportunity to sleep under the stars in one of America’s most revered wild spaces.
The Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness Areas Colorado Backpacking Trips
The Indian Peaks Wilderness retains a ‘locals’ feel that is unmatched in Colorado. Set just an hour west of Boulder, the Indian Peaks Wilderness sees a fraction of the visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park, but retains an intimate charm with shimmering alpine lakes and waterfalls, plus abundant wildlife such as moose, elk, and black bears. With fewer crowds, the Indian Peaks Wilderness has more open campsites and more unique trails, including crossing the Continental Divide and climbing the multiple 12 and 13,000-foot peaks that dot the landscape. We’ll get the opportunity to fish in secluded waterways and discover trails, from easy beginner to intermediate and advanced ascents that are tailor made for families with children or experienced backcountry travelers.
Similarly the nearby James Peak Wilderness features it’s own unique trails and campsites set under the titular peak. James Peak Wilderness feels like a world away with wildflower meadows that explode under the 13,000-foot peak each spring. There are also plenty of fly-fishing, day hiking, and mountaineering routes spread across the wilderness. This is a great opportunity to see Colorado without the crowds.
Flat Top Wilderness Area Backpacking Trips and multiday hiking – Great 5 to 8 day Trips
Set near Steamboat, the Flattop Wilderness is one of Colorado’s most unique landscapes, with golden mesas that rise high above the nearby river plain, with one of a kind hiking opportunities on formations such as the precarious Devil’s Causeway, and the enormity of the Chinese Wall. What makes that Flat Top Wilderness so unique is that it’s largely a dispersed camping area, which means that we have more options to where we want to camp and how far we want to move each day. The Flat Top Wilderness is also one of Colorado’s most revered fly-fishing destinations, with hundreds of miles of pristine lakes and waterways. We’ll get to explore Colorado in a way that few get to see, with trails that are largely untouched by big crowds and a true sense of adventure and wilderness as we explore remote areas and mysterious landscapes. Join us for this one of a kind adventure.
The Upper Colorado River Basin Multi-day Hiking, Rafting, and Fly Fishing Trips
Want to explore Colorado by river and by boat? Through red rock canyons, expansive plains looking all the way towards Summit and Grand County, relics of Colorado’s mining age, and the best fly fishing in the state, the Upper Colorado River Basin combines riverside camping with thrilling whitewater, great fly fishing, and historical trails that explore Colorado’s rustic mining past and even traces of it’s prehistoric age. We’ll start by floating the river, where we’ll pass between towering canyon walls and following the historical railway that runs adjacent to the water. We’ll then get to explore areas where we can lounge in a hot spring, cliff jump, or explore mesmerizing sandstone formations. After we get out of the river we’ll then have the chance to hike local trails from high above and see the river and the landscape from a different perspective. After we’ll camp at a whimsical river camp with a sandy beach and see a part of Colorado that people other than the locals rarely get to see. For those who want to combine rafting and hiking into one trip, the upper Colorado is where you want to be.