A hiker with a backpack stands next to his tent, facing a mountain ridge

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.

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.