If you’re new to Colorado (or even if you’ve been here a while), you may not realize that our states is not only home to gorgeous mountains housing icy blue lakes and rivers, but Colorado is also home to some of the most awe-inspiring wildflowers. Spring, summer and even early fall in Colorado are all about the colors of these oft-forgotten gems.
When the wildflowers start popping up, it’s time for you to start planning your hikes. Here some Colorado favorites that are close to home and some that give you a reason to get away for a weekend.
Littleton, Chatfield Farms, Denver Botanic Gardens, Peak bloom May – August
Belvue, Lory State Park, Peak bloom late May – June
Fort Collins, Cathy Fromee Prairie Natural Area, Peak bloom, June
Leadville, Mayflower Gulch, Peak bloom, Late May – July
Crested Butte, Multiple Locations – Check out their annual Wildflower Festival, Peak bloom, Late May – October
Durango, Engineer Mountain Trail, Peak bloom, July – August
Nederland, Hessie Trailhead, Peak bloom, July
Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods, Peak bloom, April – July
Aspen, Hunter Creek Valley, Peak bloom, Mid July
Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Peak bloom, June – July
Whether you want to stay close to home, take a day trip, or go for a weekend, surely these ideas have given you reason to lace up your hiking shoes and get out into the wild.