The Top 4 Hiking Trails in Colorado

Welcome to the Town of Empire, Colorado. 41 state parks, 12 national parks, 13 national forests and 58 14ers; all sum up to of miles of hiking trails in Colorado that you are going to explore. By the way, 14ers are the peaks that are more than 14,000 feet above sea level.

Colorado is made for hiking and we provide you with the best hiking boot women and men should use. Contact our front-desk for more information. You can go on casual strolls or do hard-core hiking. There are views here which you won’t find anywhere else.

These are the 4 best hiking trails which are around an hour drive from Empire:

i) Chautauqua Park, Boulder

Chautauqua Park, BoulderBoulder is one hour drive from Empire, and the three peaks over the iconic Flatirons make for an excellent hike of a moderate difficulty. At the base, the park and scenic area have something for everyone. Families can set up their picnic camp, and the rock climbers can take up the Gregory Canyon Trailhead towards the 8,150 feet peak. This is the most popular one. Next, the Green Bear Trail takes you to the 8,460 feet peak which provides the best 360-degree view. Last in the line is the 8,549 feet peak, decorated with boulders. The big meadow that surrounds the trails only have swaying grasses, but you may find flowers too. You can end your hike through the South Misa Trailhead.

ii) Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes ParkThere are quite some hiking trails in this park. Serious hikers can complete the climb to the Longs Peak, the tallest peak in the park. This 14.5-mile round trip is challenging, but the reward is breathtaking. For the strollers, the Bear Lake area is best. You can see some spectacular reflections of the Longs Peak in the water. If you are a little more energetic, take the one-way hike to the Fern Lake Trailhead. Along the way, there are magnificent lakes and a 60-foot waterfall as well as some wildlife. Take the shuttle on the way back. Then there are the pools known as the Lion Lakes. Most of this 12-mile trail is smooth. It takes almost two hours though, to reach Estes Park.

iii) Roxborough State Park, Littleton

Roxborough State Park, LittletonThe Fountain Valley Loop Trail is less than an hour drive from Empire. Birds in the blue sky, red rocks and grassy fields are the familiar sights. You can see deer grazing around hiking through this 2.3 miles long one-way trail. The rest of the group can take the park’s own shuttle bus to see the beauty around.

iv) Mount Elbert Peak, Leadville

Driving for an hour will take you to Leadville. And here you can start for the highest peak (14,433 feet) in Colorado. It is a friendly hike via the 9-mile Mount Elbert Trail and anyone with an excellent physical condition can reach the peak. It’s quite a feeling of being on the top. Beware of false summits, views are impressive though.
The trail to the second highest peak, 14,420 feet Mount Massive, is also near the Mount Elbert Trailhead; just across the street.

Tourist Guide – 4 Great Things to do in Empire Colorado

Since I’ve been a traveling enthusiast for many years, it happened on more than one occasion that my traveling was not going like it was planned. I’ve learned in those situations to relax and just go with the flow.

There are always bumps on the road, but with the right attitude, some unexpected situation might be the best thing that happened to you on your vacation. One time I got lost in Colorado, and somehow I ran into a beautiful place called Empire.

Great Things to do in Empire ColoradoAt first, I thought that I was in the middle of nowhere. I started to worry, but after some time I decided just to relax and to learn more about this part of the country.

Delicious food everywhere

At first, I was confused and happy to see Hard rock café which is the original hard rock café from 1934. Even though there is no connection with a famous chain of restaurants, the food was fantastic. I ate one of the best burgers I have ever tried, and people there were charming.

In every restaurant I’ve visited, I have felt this family atmosphere. Food is served with love, and it was like the secret spice of grandma’s cooking! Whether you try hot dogs, burgers or more traditional meals, you will enjoy in every single bite. Remember to save some spare room for one of the many dairy desserts that Colorado people are crazy for.

Hiking through incredible landscapes

Colorado HikingColorado is a country of many natural beauties. Not talking about #nofilter girls, but about those view breath takers. I have enjoyed walking all my life, so this part of a visit was the most special one for me.

Beautiful pine trees combined with mountain view made me feel like I would never want to leave this magnificent nature. I decided to hike through the wilderness but if you are visiting you should try mountain bike. It will rush your adrenaline, and you will still be able to enjoy sightseeing.

Camping in beautiful log houses

I am one of those people who is considering accommodation to be very important while traveling. There are many Colorado Camping in log housesexcellent accommodations here which will make your stay relaxing and comfortable.

I would suggest spending nights in an amazing log house. Imagine a beautiful winter evening, and you are cozy, warm, drinking a nice glass of wine in front of the fireplace. I haven’t slept that good in a while! The accommodation was very comfortable and good that I didn’t want to leave the bed, but the smell of a beautiful breakfast woke me up in a second.

Relaxing in a golf course

Personally, I have never been a fan of golf, but hitting few balls in nature with friends can be very relaxing and joyful.

Colorado golf courseExcellent and very famous golf courses are known not just among people from Colorado, but also many tourists come here just to play golf. Challengingly rocky terrain and amazing view while playing on them is one of the main reasons why professional golfers are visiting this beautiful court.

I have enjoyed my time here, and I will visit again during my road trips, simply because this place has everything that you need for relaxing vacation.