Craig Meadows, located just south the town of Bailey, offers a great Colorado weekend backpacking trip. Reachable in less than an hour from Denver and often free of snow early in the season, Craig Meadows makes for an easy backpacking escape from Colorado’s Front Range. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to plan your own trip to Craig Meadows.
Recently, I took a trip to Palm Springs, California to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my family. We’re spread out all over the country, so the desert city is always the perfect place to meet up and get some early winter sun. One of our favorite traditions is to hike the iconic Museum Trail. This trail winds straight up from the parking lot of the local art museum (hence the name), and is accessed from the center of downtown. We like to do the hike late in the afternoon so we can watch the sun set and the city lights turn on below us as we descend. My family likes to cap off this annual hike with a trip to the Mexican joint a few blocks from the trailhead for margaritas. This year, I came to an important realization: city hikes are awesome. Don’t get me wrong, I love and appreciate the solitude of trekking the remote backcountry as much as any nature fanatic. However, there is also something fabulous about walking or biking to a trailhead, savoring spectacular urban views, and having an array of apres-hike venues mere steps from your finishing point. In this post, I’ll share my five favorite city hikes right here in Colorado. I hope they’ll make you love urban hiking as much as I do.
If you’ve lived in Colorado for a year or thirty, you’ve likely heard of the hike between Aspen and Crested Butte. While it’s a nearly 200-mile drive between posh Aspen and laid-back Crested Butte, the two mountain towns are actually … Read More