Getting out into nature is so important for health and wellbeing. It’s also just super fun to get outside and explore. Even better if it’s an exceptionally striking landscape, whether a snow-capped peak that feels like it’s on the edge of the world, a verdant valley dotted with fragrant wildflowers, a dirt path beside a gushing river or a dense forest that feels like a leafy labyrinth. No doubt you already know that Colorado abounds with beautiful places. The preferred way to get out and explore all the gorgeous scenery? Hiking.
With so many exceptional treks (to put it in perspective, AllTrails lists 4,688 different routes), we had quite a bit of trouble culling it down. That’s why we called in some local experts to help us out. Scroll on for the best hikes in Colorado—though there are thousands more worth doing.