Photo Blog: Backpacking in the Mt. Evans Wilderness, Part 3

There’s nothing like spending a few days in the wilderness with people who share a passion for adventure and the great outdoors!  This photo blog series depicts the photographs that I captured during a staff training backpacking trip in May of 2012 for Narrow Way Expeditions of Camp IdRaHaJe (Colorado). As a group, we backpacked through …

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Monumental Hikes in the Colorado National Monument

When you hear the name “Colorado National Monument” you think of something along the lines of giant sculpture or statue.  You probably don’t first think of a place like this: or this… But once you realize that’s exactly what the “Monument” is, you’re intrigued.  Admit it. The Monument is over 20 miles of road constructed …

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Two Free Parks in Colorado

Colorado is a beautiful state with many wonderful parks, preserves, and forests. What makes these areas even better is when they’re cheap or free to get in to. To my great satisfaction, I discovered two such places while traveling through Colorado. One is located in Colorado Springs, the other is just outside of Denver. Garden …

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Hiking Crag’s Crest

                    This is the “Crest” on Crag’s Crest, a popular trail on the Grand Mesa.  Considering Mesa County and Grand Junction are smack in the middle of a high desert, finding ourselves on a hike in the middle of the woods is sometimes disorienting.  Still, it’s …

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Two Stellar Weekends in the Uncompahgre Wilderness

A few months ago “A” texted me that we should plan a girls’ backpacking weekend.  I was all for it; I’d never gone backpacking without my boyfriend and thought it would be a great rite of passage.  At first four of us were going, then three, then just me and “A.”  We took her ever …

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Book Review: Colorado Adventure Guide (Northern Edition)

Charlie Nuttelman’s “Colorado Adventure Guide (Northern Edition)” describes trails for hiking, biking, trail running and cross country skiing in the north central region of Colorado.  It covers Golden and Boulder, the Winter Park area, Steamboat Springs, Rocky Mountain National Park, the Vail area and Summit County (Breckenridge). In the introductory section of the book Nuttelman …

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Two Campgrounds in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park has five different campgrounds: Moraine Park, Aspenglen, Glacier Basin, Longs Peak, and Timber Creek. During my visit I stayed at Moraine Park and Timber Creek–here is my review. MORAINE PARK  My campsite Map of the campground from nps.gov. The Moraine Park campground is located closest to the main park entrance at …

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Trip Report: Mesa Verde National Park

While in Colorado last month I got a chance to visit Mesa Verde National Park, located about an hour west of Durango, CO. While the park is massive (over 80 square miles) there aren’t a lot of hiking trails for visitors to explore. But what Mesa Verde lacks in hiking trails, it more than makes …

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Hiking Devil’s Canyon in Western Colorado

I love camping and backpacking whenever I can and fortunately there are some short, scenic day hikes close by for weekends when I just can’t get away. One area filled with trails and views is the Devil’s Canyon area.  This area, along with nearby Flume and Pollock Canyons, is part of the McInnis Canyons National …

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Backpacking Colorado Canyon Country

The trail near Fruita, CO. While it’s still way too early to backpack in the Colorado high country, right now is the perfect time to hit the lower elevation trails in canyon country. The western part of the state near Grand Junction and Fruita is dry and quite pleasant this time of year and offers …

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