Colorado

The love that I have for the state of Colorado is out of this world. Anytime I walk out of the Denver airport I fall in love all over again. Since I take frequent trips out there I will just do an overview of some of my favorites sights/hikes/etc.

One of the best times I’ve had out there was snowshoeing to Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was probably because I absolutely love the snow and the stillness of winter. There is a calmness in the wintertime that makes my heart so happy. Following the Bear Lake trailhead takes you past multiple lakes, Hallet Peak and some of the most amazing views. It is 3.5 mile out and back trail with an ending elevation of just over 10,000 ft.

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Winter at Emerald Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park 

Fall in RMNP is like no other place. The aspen trees are gold, elk are more active, and the weather is perfect.

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Fall at Emerald Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park

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Hallet Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park 

Denver is hands down one of my favorite cities. It’s clean, delicious vegan/organic food, great beer, and of course Snooze. Red Rock Amphitheater is a must see if you’ve never been, as well as Little Man Ice Cream. Head out to Idaho Springs, charming little mountain town 40 minutes away.

If you’re in Colorado Springs seeing Garden of the Gods, head over to Manitou Incline and attempt The Incline. I’ve done it twice now and can happily say I’d be fine never doing it again. It is hands down one of the most physically demanding things I’ve ever done, but it’s worth it at the end!

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Manitou Incline; 2,000 ft. gain in unfer a mile. Torture, but worth it. 

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Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs