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5 Places to Go Hiking in Colorado
Return to nature at one of these five unique locations in the Centennial State

The state of Colorado is well-known for its rugged mountains and breathtaking landscapes, which makes the Centennial State a premier destination for hikers looking for an exciting adventure. The state offers hiking trails for people of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced.

Devilís Thumb Pass

Located near the town of Nederland, Devils Thumb Pass is a great location for hikers to visit in order to enjoy nature, watch birds and get some exercise. This rugged and dog-friendly trail is 13.3 miles in length and is rated as moderate. However, due to the breathtaking scenery and diverse wildlife, this trail sees a lot of action, so itís best to arrive early to acquire a suitable parking spot. Hikers who travel all 13.3 miles will experience an elevation change of more than 2,000 feet. For more information, take a look at http://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/devil-s-thumb-lake-trail.

Garden of the Gods Loop

By taking a trip to the Garden of the Gods, hikers will not only get to take in eye-catching rock formationsóincluding a view of Pikes Peakóbut theyíll also be able to experience a piece of American history. Located approximately 70 miles away from Denver, this park was designated as a National Natural Landmark back in 1971. There are 15 miles of trails for visitors to explore, which all revolve around the large horizontal rock formations located in the middle of the park. These trails are rated as easy, and dogs are permitted if they are on a leash. To learn more about this hiking destination, check out http://www.gardenofgods.com/park-info/park-1/trails-and-hiking-the-park.

Sand Creek Regional Greenway

City hikers are sure to fall in love with the Sand Creek Regional Greenway in Denver, which is a 14-mile public trail that links the Home Rule Municipality of Aurora with Commerce City. This public trail is open to horseback riders, runners, walkers and bikers, but cyclists should note that this trail is only partially paved. The trail offers a diverse mixture of landscapes, including creeks and ponds that are filled with ducks and geese. Visitors will also experience industrial landscapes as they navigate this popular trail. Head over to http://sandcreekgreenway.org/ for more information.

Red Rock Canyon Trails

The Red Rock Canyon Trail might not be as popular as the Garden of the Gods, but itís located just two miles away, which makes it an ideal location for hikers who want to enjoy the same beautiful landscapes, but without the tourist traffic. There are five miles of trails to discover, which are open from dusk to dawn. In addition, this family-friendly park includes two areas that allow visitors to unleash their dogs to run off any excess energy. Visitors can expect to see wild flowers, ponds and plenty of red sandstone during their adventure. To learn more the Red Rock Canyon Trail located in Colorado Springs, visit http://www.everytrail.com/guide/red-rock-canyon-trails.

Blue Lake Trail

For a moderate hike thatís filled with stunning scenery and abundant wildlife, take a trip to Roosevelt National Forest, home to the Blue Lake Trail. This unique trail is rated as moderate in difficulty level and can be completed in only half a day. Visitors will be treated to beautiful views of the Continental Divide, as well as several waterfalls and three pristine lakes, including the Mitchell and Blue. Hikers should dress appropriately though, as the Blue Lake is above the timber line, with cold mountain winds. To learn more, go to http://www.everytrail.com/guide/blue-lake.

There arenít many locations around the world that can capture a hikerís imagination the same as Colorado. Whether youíre looking for a new destination to hike, jog or ride horses, just pick one of the premier trails from the list above and start living life to the fullest.

This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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