Spring may be over but flowers are just about to bloom near the Rocky Mountains where snow melts completely around June. If international traveling is too pricey for you and your family, Colorado is also a great destination for those who love the outdoors. Here are twelve hiking trails where you can reboot with major flower power!
1. Alpine Loop Scenic Byway (Lake City, Silverton & Ouray)
To view Colorado’s magnificent wildflowers in the state’s true wilderness, look no further than the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway.
2. Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area (Fort Collins)
This naturalist haven is a rare example of pre-settlement showing what the first European settlers of the land saw – a perfect Colorado prairie.
3. Cub Lake/The Pool Loop, Rocky Mountain National Park (Estes Park)
When it comes to witnessing wildflowers, visit Rocky Mountain National Park, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015.
4. Devil’s Causeway (Steamboat Springs)
Devil’s Causeway, one of Colorado’s most notorious hikes, is also one of the most beautiful with wildflowers bursting with color throughout summer.
5. Goose Creek and Molly Gulch (Deckers)
The popular trail Goose Creek Trail provides 9.6 miles of camping, fishing, wildflowers and more.
6. Gunnison National Forest (Crested Butte)
Crested Butte offers visitors an exquisite trek with more than 1.2 million acres of wildflowers hiking through the Gunnison National Forest. The most notable event in the area is the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival (July 7-13).
7. Hessie Trailhead at Nederland (Nederland)
The Hessie Trailhead near Eldora Mountain Resort is a three-mile route for visitors to see a bounty of wildflowers.
8. Lory State Park (Fort Collins)
One of the northern Front Range’s most beloved areas, Lory State Park has a bevy of outdoor activities and spectacular displays of wildflowers.
9. Rabbit Valley Recreation (Grand Junction)
Near the Colorado River, you’ll find the 24-mile Rabbit Valley Recreation Area with splendid wildflowers adding a burst of color.
10. Shrine Mountain Trail (Vail)
In the summer, the Shrine Mountain Trail is full of yellow daisies, coral-colored Indian paintbrush and more.
11. Willow Creek Trail, Roxborough State Park (Denver)
Red rocks and wildflowers dominate the landscape of this state park that encapsulates the transition of the plains’ rise into the heights of the Rocky Mountains.
12. Vega State Park (Collbran)
At an elevation of 8,000 feet, Vega State Park is nestled on the edge of Grand Mesa National Forest, where meadows and aspen forests blanket the hillsides.