Hike the Nearby Colorado Mountains

Stay Here, Hike There

One of the most common questions we get asked as a mountain resort year-round when guests stay in our cabins and yurts is: “Where’s the best place to hike nearby?”

So we asked Anna -an avid hiker and team member at our park – to compile a list of the Top 10 Best Places to Hike in the surrounding Rocky Mountains.

st marys glacier

1. St. Mary's Glacier

Located just 10 minutes down the road from Lawson Adventure Park this is an easy 2.5 mile hike with beautiful views at the top!

St. Mary’s is by far one of the most popular places to hike in the region and can actually get fairly crowded some times of the year. In the winter, we offer Guided Snowshoeing up to the top and it’s a 2-4 hour excursion. 

Glacier Fest 2021 was also held previously in August up at St. Mary’s and featured live music and food vendors! 

2. Silver Dollar Lake and Murray Lake Trail

This trail is located right off Guanella Pass in Georgetown. This 4 mile hike will give you beautiful views of two different lakes!

3. Rutherford Trail

Located in Georgetown this is a perfect beginner hike lasting only 2 miles. This trail does run into a few other trails if you’re looking to make the hike longer!

4. Griffin Memorial

This is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silver Plume, Colorado. This trail offers a lot of history and is a historic mule trail!

bierstadt

5. Mt Bierstadt

Looking for something more challenging? This trail is recommended for a first 14-er hike! named after the 19th century painter Albert Bierstadt who was famous for painting Colorado mountain-scapes, this is one of the most popular mountains to hike in the Rockies. 

8 miles out and back and you’ll be ready for a nap in one of our cabins!

mountain goat

6. Mount Evans

This is another great 14-er to add to your list. This is a 5 mile hike with great views of Chicago Lakes. Come prepared because this one is rated difficult!

Also be sure to keep an eye out for local wildlife known to roam on the mountain, including white mountain goats, big horn sheep, and pikas! 

grays torreys

7. Grays & Torreys Peak

Why hike up just one 14-er when you can do 2 in one trip?! With a total of 8 miles you can get outstanding views of all the nearby mountain ranges.

You should also try camping in our 2 conjoined yurts inspired by grays & Torreys mountains. One yurt is higher than the other and both are joined by a shared staircase!

8. Square Top Mountain

Located up Guanella Pass this is a 7 mile, heavily trafficked, moderate trail!

9. Jones Pass

Located near Silver Plume this is a 7 mile, heavily trafficked, moderate trail with lots of wildflowers and is also dog-friendly!

10. Herman Gulch Trail

This 7.2 mile trail is just right up the road from Lawson located in Bakerville. Be sure to look out for wildlife and wildflowers! If you have a fishing license, there are also great spots to catch fish in that area! 

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