Colorado’s wildernesses and National Parks are famed around the world for their scenic campsites, grand views, challenging trails, and some of the best backpacking in North America. From the splendor of Rocky Mountain National Park to the canyons and mesas of the Flat Tops Wilderness, Colorado’s landscapes range from mountain to desert, offering a number of options for every backpacking enthusiast. Our backpacking trips take all the guesswork out of planning your perfect trip. From having the permits to providing group gear, food, and transportation, we provide the best guided backpacking experiences in all of Colorado. Check out our guided summer backpacking trips for 2019!


Rocky Mountain National Park – Guided Backpacking in America’s Most Beloved National Park

The dream of any backpacking enthusiast in Colorado is to explore Rocky Mountain National Park. America’s 10thNational Park features breathtaking mountain scenery, shimmering alpine lakes, waterfalls, wildlife, and some of the most iconic campsites in Colorado. With over 350 miles of trails throughout the park, there are opportunities to bag one of the over 60-peaks over 12,000-feet, fly fish in remote lakes and streams, and explore some of the farthest reaches of Colorado’s most beloved wilderness. There are trips for every level of backpacker, from exploring Big Meadows, which is a perfect trip for families and children, to exploring the western end, with an ascent of Mt. Alice, one of the most remote 13,000-foot peaks in the park. 

The joy of backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park is the interconnectivity of the trails. A Mt. Alice ascent can turn into a full traverse across the park. An easier trail like Big Meadows can me made more difficult by crossing over to North Inlet, and we can add a number of activities such as fly fishing, allowing guests to explore the National Park in a brand new way. Come explore the wonders of Rocky Mountain National Park with a guided Rocky Mountain backpacking trip!

June 8 -11 ( 4 days Continental Divide Loop) 
July 10 – 14 (5 days Continental Divide Loop) 
August 15 -19 (5 days Continental Divide Loop) 
June 27 – July 1 (3-5 days and we an adjust trip length and we can do 1 way traverse of park)
July 4 – July 8 (3-5 days and we can adjust trip length and we can do 1 way traverse of park)
July 18 – 22 (3-5 days and we can adjust trip length and we can do 1 way traverse of park)
August 1 – 5 (3-5 days and we can adjust trip length and we can do 1 way traverse of park)
August 29 – September 2 (3-5 days and we can adjust trip length and we can do 1 way traverse of park)
Rocky Mountain National Park Backpacking Fly Fishing Trips
Rocky Mountain National Park Backpacking Fly Fishing Trips


Roosevelt National Forest – Guided Backpacking with a ‘Locals Only’ Feel 

Set just an hour west of Boulder, Roosevelt National Forest is a true Colorado hidden gem. While it’s not as well known as Rocky Mountain National Park to outside visitors, for many residents of the Front Range, it’s an escape into the wild without venturing too far from the city. The advantage of the Roosevelt National Forest is since it sees less visitors, campsites are easier to acquire than Rocky Mountain National Park, which makes backpacking better for on the fly weekend escapes, or exploring the less seen side of the Continental Divide. The area features a magnificent skyline with a number of opportunities for peak ascents and traverses as well as exploring some of Colorado’s lesser-known year-round snowfields. The alpine lakes and waterfalls are magnificent, filled with trout and offering some of the best and most secluded fly-fishing in the state. 

The forest also feature a diverse range of wildlife from moose and elk, to black bears and bald eagles all within a diverse landscape of deeply wooded forests and high alpine scenery. We’ll get to camp just minutes from our favorite watering holes and near the trailheads for some of our favorite peaks, making multi-sport adventures very accessible in the confines of the wilderness. Join us for an unforgettable adventure to Roosevelt National Forest.


Flat Tops Wilderness – Dispersed Camping In a Mesa Wilderness

Imagine waking up in a country of towering mesas, trout-filled alpine lakes, and monolithic rock formations. The Flat Tops Wilderness, set near Steamboat Springs, is one of Colorado’s most unique landscapes, featuring green, tree-lined forests set against the soaring cliffs of the White River National Forest. The Flat Tops Wilderness, named for it’s iconic mesa formations, is a paradise of rushing streams and lakes with Northern Colorado’s best fly fishing and prized trout stocks, with fully loaded lakes and streams of rainbow, brown, and greenback cutthroat trout, native only to Colorado. 

While hiking the landscape of the Flat Tops Wilderness, we’ll get to explore iconic formations such as Devil’s Causeway, which traverses a thin strip high up on the mesa, and the exposed Chinese Wall Trail. Because of the Flat Tops dispersed landscape, we aren’t limited to certain campsites. We have free rein over our campsites and have better access to peaks and fishing spots. 

After thoroughly hiking the Flat Tops Wilderness, it’s time to explore the nearby Upper Colorado River, with its extraordinary Red Rock Canyons and riverside camping. Underneath red rock canyons, the Upper Colorado weaves through breathtaking alpine desert country, exploring swaths of the river that played a crucial role in Colorado’s Gold Rush age. Following the historic railroad route, the Upper Colorado is full of beginner to intermediate rapids, hidden caves, hot springs, and cliff jumping opportunities.

Devils Backbone Flat Top Wilderness Area - Backpacking Trip 2019
Devils Backbone Flat Top Wilderness Area – Backpacking Trip 2019

On the Upper Colorado two-day journey, we’ll camp on the beaches next to the river where we have easy access to the put-in points, and we’ll get to fly-fish from the boat or wading into the river. We’ll go looking for trout species such as brown, rainbow, and greenback cutthroat. This is one of Colorado’s most famed fly-fishing rivers. 

Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides is Colorado’s premier backpacking guide service offering backpacking to Rocky Mountain National Park, Roosevelt National Forest and The Flat Tops Wilderness. Our goal is to take all the guesswork of your trip to provide you with a one of a kind experience that meets all your needs and desires. We are specialists in large group guided backpacking trips across Colorado, and we’ll provide the permits, the gear, food, and transportation. Also ask us about hotel deals on the Front Range! Call 720 242 9828 to book your backpacking adventure with Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides today

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