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We've compiled some of the best places for you to #getoutsidewithblue
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- Hidden Falls – Curt Gowdy State Park
This is a 3.6-mile back trail located between Cheyenne and Laramie. It features a waterfall at the end of the hike. This is a moderate level trail that is used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking. The trail is dog friendly, but all dogs must be kept on a leash.
- Duck Creek Falls
Located in the Laramie Mountains, these falls are in the remote Laramie Peak Wildlife Habitat Management Area. The falls are located a few hours from Cheyenne, but this is not a heavily used trail, therefore there aren’t any signs. The hike to the falls takes a few hours. The hike is remote and home to many animals, so make sure to take caution and be well prepared before your hike.
- Ouzel Lake Trail - Rocky Mountain National Park
This is a 9.4-mile trail located near Allenspark Colorado. The trail features several attractions along the way, including Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascades and Ouzel Falls. It is a moderate hike and dogs are not allowed. This is a great trail for beginner hikers, and for those more experienced you can extend your hike by 7.2 miles to Bluebird lake. The trail follows the river upstream, is well shaded in most areas, and even offers some hike in camping spots.
- Crags Hotel Ruins and Continental Divide Overlook
This is a 3.7-mile hike near Eldorado Springs, Colorado. It features a river and is rated moderate. This trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking. Dogs are allowed on a leash. This is a state park and there is an entrance fee at the gate. Also, a great place for rock climbers, and you can watch them maneuver large cliffs as you hike the first mile.
- Monarch Lake Loop Trail
This is a 4.2-mile loop trail located near Granby, Colorado. It features a lake and is rated easy and good for all skill levels. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash. Great opportunities to see Moose, and other wildlife.
- Royal Arch Trail
Boulder Open Space - This is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado. Primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash. The trailhead begins on Chutauqua Trail by the ranger station. There are many other trail options from this starting point, and you can customize the difficulty as you move along.
- Hanging Lake Trail
This is a 3-mile out and back trail located near Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The elevation gain is 1,135 feet, but the views at the top are worth it. This trail is heavily trafficked and requires a permit with shuttle service. Please visit the city of Glenwood Springs website for more information https://www.visitglenwood.com/hanginglake/#toggle-id-3
- The Loch Lake Trail via Glacier Gorge Trail
Rocky Mountain National Park- This is a 5.4 mile out and back moderate trail located near Estes Park, Colorado. It is primarily used for hiking and horseback riding. Reservations are required due to COVID 19 at https://www.recreation.gov/
Try These Resources
- Hidden Falls – Curt Gowdy State Park
- Rob Roy Reservoir
Some campsites overlook Rob Roy Reservoir while overs are tucked into the hillside. There are approximately 65 camping sites. Rob Roy is popular for trout fishing, boating, water skiing.
- Brooklyn Lake Campground
This campground usually opens mid-July due to snow. The campground has 19 campsites all with a wonderful view of the lake. This campground is in the Snowy Range about 37 miles west of Laramie on Highway 130.
- Maroon Bells - near Aspen Colorado.
This is one of the most photographed peaks in all of North America. There are three campsites in the shadow of the mountain, Silver Bar, Silver Bell, and Silver Queen.
- Pinon Flats Campground - Great Sand Dunes National Park
Resembles the Sahara more than the Rocky Mountains with towering sand dunes taking the place of snow-capped peaks. You can even rent sand boards or sleds for added adventure!
- Guanella Pass
Located in Pike National Forest, just an hour's drive outside of Denver. Perched at 11,670 feet, the campsite offers spectacular views, hiking up Mount Bierstadt, Mount Evans, and other 14ers in the area. You can even fish nearby at Lake Georgetown.
- Angel of Shavano Campgrounds - San Isabel National Forest
This is truly remote and has 20 individual campsites that are rarely crowded. It sits along the 486-mile Colorado Trail and offers excellent mountain biking and fishing in the North Fork reservoir.
- Bear Lake - Near Estes Park, Colorado.
The nearby Cucharas River is an excellent fishing hole for both casual and serious fly fishers looking to spend some time on the water. This campground also provides easy access to the 14-mile long Indian Creek Trail too, which is open not only to hikers and mountain bikers but also ATVs and horses as well.
- Moraine Campground - Rocky Mountain National Park-
This features 5 excellent sites. Not only does the site offer excellent views of the breathtaking landscapes of the nearby peaks, but campers are often able to spot passing wildlife, too. With black bears, moose, mountain lions, sheep, and elk all living within the park, sharp-eyed travelers can often see these creatures wandering through their natural habitat. Best of all, the site is open year-round for those who want a winter camping excursion that is extremely quiet and secluded.
- Rob Roy Reservoir
Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs
Rocky Mountain National Park - between Estes and Grand Lake
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park - Montrose County western slope, Colorado
Rifle Mountain Park - North of Rifle, Colorado
Castlewood Canyon - Douglas County
Carter Lake - Loveland
- Fort Laramie
- Glacier National Park
- The Grand Tetons
- Zion National Park
- Grand Canyon
- Mesa Verde
- Great Sand Dunes
- Rocky Mountain National Park
Located seven miles south of Guernsey and nine miles northeast of Wheatland along the Laramie River. Grayrocks Reservoir is known for great fishing, boating, hunting, camping, and hiking. While fishing at Grayrocks you can find Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Freshwater Drum, Largemouth bass, Small mouth bass, Tiger Muskie, Walleye, Yellow Perch.
Big Laramie River
The Big Laramie River is known for its wild brown trout fishing, you can also find rainbow trout throughout the river. One of the most popular and beautiful spots to fish the river is the Jelm access, 30 miles west of Laramie off Highway 230, then south on Wyoming State Highway 10 near Woods Landing.
Gore Creek -Small stream but loaded with cutthroats, brooks, browns and rainbows.
North Delaney Butte Lake - Near Walden, Colorado.
Gunnison River in the Black Canyon in Gunnison National Park
Blue Mesa Reservoir in Gunnison Colorado
Yampa River, Steamboat Springs
Front Range Paddle Boarding
Cherry Creek Reservoir - Denver- If you're looking to stay close to home, this is a great option. There is 880 acres of water surface to play on, and you can rent gear at the Cherry Creek Marina. Located at 4201 S. Parker Road, Aurora CO 80014. There is an entrance fee to get into the park.
Big Soda Lakes Reservoir -Another popular option close to the Denver/Boulder area is Big Soda Lake Reservoir in Lakewood. The small lake is located close to the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, another favorite area attraction. Powerboats aren’t allowed out here so you won’t have any wake to contend with. The reservoir is located in Bear Creek Lake Park (15600 W. Morrison Road, Lakewood, CO 80465.) Rentals can be snagged at the Soda Lakes Marina.
Union Reservoir - Located in Longmont, Union Reservoir is a pleasant alternative to the Boulder Reservoir for your next SUP adventure. The crowds are far less intense and you’ll still get some great views along the Front Range. Fun fact: Union Reservoir is also one of the few natural lakes in Colorado. There’s a fee to use the reservoir, and once you’re there you can rent a SUP from Rocky Mountain Paddleboard. Find Union Reservoir at 461 County Road 26, Longmont, CO 80504.
Mountain Paddle Boarding
Grand Lake - Stand up paddleboarding (SUPing) on Colorado’s largest and deepest lake is a blast, and the mountain scenery that surrounds the lake is top notch. You’ll be tempted to simply sit on your board and soak it all in. Rocky Mountain National Park is nearby, and the town of Grand Lake is lovely, too. Rent from the Grand Lake Marina, located at 1246 Lake Avenue, Grand Lake, CO 80447.
Lake Dillon -Stand up paddleboarding on Lake Dillon is truly excellent. Tall mountain peaks, showcasing the best of Summit County’s well-known scenery, surround this reservoir. Rentals can be had at the Frisco Bay Marina, located at 267 Marina Road, Frisco, CO 80443. You can also launch your own SUP from the marina. If you bring your own board be sure to have a lifejacket – it’s part of the rules!
Campfire Banana Boats - Like a cross between a s’more and a banana split? A banana boat is a quick and easy dessert to make while camping.
Campfire Nachos - a fun and easy meal that takes very little time to prepare. One that you can enjoy with your friends too. Try This Recipe
Camping Mac N’ Cheese - Say hello to camping season!
Foil Pack Italian Sausage and Veggies - A great outdoor grill or camping recipe.
Camping Breakfast Burrito - Camping breakfast burritos are super easy to put together and crazy filling.
Camping Chilaquiles Recipe - This camping chilaquiles recipe is so simple and comes together in a snap.
Reasons Why Being Outside is Good For You
Getting your dose of outside in the summer is not only fun, but it is also good for you. From experiencing a beautiful sunrise or sunset to going for a run, or getting on a bike, there are so many ways to enjoy outdoors.
Physical Health Benefits:
- Reduces the risk of type ll diabetes.
- Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Reduces the risk of premature death.
- Reduces the risk of preterm birth.
- Reduces high blood pressure.
- Increased levels of Vitamin D.
- Increase longevity.
- Improved vision.
- Aids in weight management.
- Strengthens immunity.
Mental Health Benefits:
- Reduces stress levels.
- Fights depression.
- Reduces anxiety.
- Promotes better sleep.
- Increase creativity.
- Higher ability to concentrate.
- Increased alertness.
- Promotes a better mood.
- Promotes better short-term memory.
- Slow the mind’s natural process of rumination, in which we fret about the past and worry about the future in potentially destructive ways
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