Don't let those summer days drift away, opt for some outdoor fun instead. These Colorado hikes will make you wish it was summer already. There's no better time than now to start planning your next vacation. 

Hanging Lake

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: Approx. 1.2 miles

Address: 110 Wulfsohn Rd., Glenwood Springs, CO

Why you need to go: This alpine blue lake sits 1,000 feet above the forest floor. 


Mystic Falls Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: Approx. 2 miles

Address: 106 Lake Fork Junction Rd., Telluride, CO

Why you need to go: This short hike will lead you to a hidden waterfall that's tucked away in the woods.  


Manitou Incline

Difficulty: Difficult

Length: Approx. 1 mile

Address: 1401 Recreation Way, Colorado SpringsCO

Why you need to go: The 2,000-foot incline will help you break up a sweat, but the views from the top will be well worth it. 


Ice Lake Trail 

Difficulty: Difficult

Length: Approx. 7.5 miles roundtrip

Address: Durango, CO

Why you need to go: You can get views of wildflowers and a beautiful blue lake. 


Lake Loop Trail At Barr Lake State Park

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: Approx. 8.8 miles

Address: 13401 Picadilly Rd., Brighton, CO

Why you need to go: You'll get to walk around the perimeter of the lake by crossing boardwalks.


Perkins Central Garden Trail At The Garden Of The Gods 

Difficulty: Easy

Length: Approx. 1.5 miles roundtrip

Address: 1805 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs, CO

Why you need to go: This nature center features massive red rock formations. 


Adams Falls Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Length: Approx. 1-mile roundtrip

Address: Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake, CO

Why you need to go: These scenic meadows are only a short distance away from the waterfall. 


Hallet Peak

Difficulty: Difficult

Length: Approx. 10 miles roundtrip

Address: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Why you need to go: This rocky, uphill trail will give you amazing views that are worth the sweat.


Conundrum Creek Trail

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Length: Approx. 8.5 miles one-way

Address: Aspen, CO

Why you need to go: These hot springs are the perfect way to relax after a challenging alpine hike. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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