Colorado ranks first of the best U.S. states for hiking. No surprise given our thousands of miles of trails. The Colorado Trail is a favorite among backpacking, day-hiking locals and tourists, covering nearly 500 miles from the Continental Divide from Denver to Durango.
If you’re looking for other options, there are 42 state parks, 12 national parks, 12 national forests and grasslands and 58 fourteeners to test your hiking mettle.
You can rise above timberline for panoramic views, descend through fields of wildflowers and happen upon a marmot, elk or deer as you enjoy the great Colorado outdoors.