Find yourself in the shadow of mountain peaks, as you ford a gentle stream and hike away from the distractions of the world on a Colorado backpacking excursion. Colorado’s national forests, state parks wilderness areas and other public lands are ideal respites from the distractions of modern life.

Backpacking at Trout Lake near Telluride
Piney Lake in Eagles Nest Wilderness near Silverthorne
Backpacking in the Maroon Bells Wilderness near Aspen

For a first-time backpacking trip or to have the ability to leave many of the details to someone else, sign up for a trip with one of Colorado’s many backcounty outfitters — they’ll handle everything from equipment rentals to routes.

Featured Destinations

Denver skyline

Visit Denver

Denver — The Mile High City — is where urban sophistication meets outdoor adventure. Denver is an outdoor city known for its art, culture, food, music and sports in the Rocky Mountain region.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Visit Montrose

Perched on Colorado’s Western Slope, Montrose is a year-round hub for outdoor adventure and to experience the grandeur of Black Canyon National Park.