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Short Day / Long Day: Rawah Wilderness

Two and a half hours northwest of Denver, the 78,000-acre Rawah Wilderness is some of the best wild country near the Front Range.

It’s also pretty nice this time of year. The roads approaching trailheads are maintained well into winter, and the trails are as friendly as snowshoes as to hiking boots. So this week, we rounded up two true Rawah classics.

Short Day: Rawah’s Lost Lake

Short Day: Rawah's Lost Lake |

There are almost half a dozen Lost Lakes in Colorado, and some are actually difficult to find. But you won’t get lost looking for this one—it can be reached by a moderate, well-marked 6-mile hike from the Rawah Trailhead.

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Short Day/Long Day: No Name Trail & Grizzly Creek

Located smack dab in the middle of Glenwood Canyon, No Name got its name (or lack thereof) from highway developers, who put up signs for the exit with the intent of naming the area later.

But the name(?) stuck. Or at least no one ever bothered to change it. And now, the small town with no name serves as an excellent but seldom-visited destination for autumn hiking. We’ve rounded up two of our favorite trips below.

Short Day: No Name Trail

Colorado No Name |
Technically this hike is called the Jess Weaver Trail, but calling by that name will get you blank stares from most locals. The hike tours the most mysterious and least-traveled side canyon in Glenwood, and offers several great fall foliage viewing spots.
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Hike the Rocky Flats NWR

Before it was a 4,000-acre wildlife refuge, Rocky Flats was a nuclear weapons plant. It was shut down by the FBI in 1989, and has since undergone a $7 billion cleanup.

At first, that might not sound like the best selling point for Rocky Flats as a hiking destination. But the cleanup process has kept the refuge off limits to almost all human contact for almost 30 years… and it’s just opening to hikers this fall.

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A two day Colorado road trip

We’re not huge Jack Kerouac fans at Bootprints (too many commas). But we do agree with the Beat legend on one thing—there’s something magical about time spent on the road.

So this week we’ve broken with our regular format to bring you the itinerary for one of Colorado’s best weekend roadtrips. You’ll only need two days, your camping/hiking gear, some gas, and about $100 in cash. Oh… and a swimsuit.

Friday: Joyful Journey Hot Springs

Joyful Journey Hot Springs |

Just four hours from Denver (via Hwy 285), Joyful Journey Hot Springs is among the few Colorado hot springs that still remains under the tourist radar. The spa/resort/campground is nestled in the San Luis Valley north of Alamosa, so visitors are treated both to mountain views and wide open skies.
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Colorado’s best mountain passes

For natives, settlers, and miners,mountain passes were the easiest forms of travel through the otherwise forbidding Rocky Mountains.

And we like easy. But that’s not why we rounded up three mountain pass hikes this week. Each of these hikes has been selected for its outstanding fall scenery. The relative ease of travel is just a bonus.

Steamboat Springs – Rabbit Ears Pass

Steamboat Springs – Rabbit Ears Pass

The 5-mile round-trip hike to the top of Rabbit Ears Pass will also bring you to the Continental Divide. The moderate loop offers great views of the Yampa Valley.
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