In Colorado’s San Isabel National Forest, along the eastern base of the majestic Sawatch Range on the west side of the Arkansas Valley, several trails skirt the edge of some of Colorado’s most accessible and scenic mountains.
Rocky Mountain Hiking
The long Colorado Trail offers many day hikes, including an easy route toward Mt. Princeton in central Colorado.
Hikers enjoy a few choices when considering trails near the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness south of Fairplay, Colorado.
The Hessie trailhead outside of Nederland, Colorado leads to several trails winding through Roosevelt National Forest, including Lost Lake Trail.
This mellow hike north of Nederland, Colo. offers a peaceful stroll through a large Rocky Mountain meadow, with a short side trail leading to an old silver mining camp.
The Rawhide trail in White Ranch outside of Golden, Colo. is an easy 4.8-mile hike.
Hiking this quiet Golden, Colo. landmark puts the visitor high above the Front Range.
Hiking may not receive top billing in Santa Fe, but not far from town in the Santa Fe National Forest, several trails await the hiker.
While this area doesn’t contain the deepest part of the Rio Grande River Gorge, easy access and the relative solitude found here make the Cebolla Mesa trail a rewarding experience.
Tracing the route back to the campground, it occurred to me that while the stunning dunes are the marquee attraction here, it is up the lonely trails into the preserve that other, forgotten treasures may be found.