Who says you have to travel far from home for a great hike? With these information-packed guides in hand, readers have everything they need for the adventure they seek, from an easy nature walk to a multiday backpack. Each featured hike includes everything about the trail: location, length, hiking time, and level of difficulty, and if dogs can come along. Other features include:
- Trail finder chart that categorizes each hike (e.g., for particular attractions such as waterfalls and if it's suitable for families with kids)
- Full-color photos throughout
- Information on the area's history, geology, flora, and fauna
- Full-color maps of each trail
For more than thirty years, FalconGuides® have set the standard for outdoor guidebooks. Written by top experts, each guide invites you to experience the adventure and beauty of the outdoors.
Look inside to find:
Hikes suited to every ability
Mile-by-mile directional cues
Difficulty ratings, trail contacts, and best hiking seasons
Full-color photos throughout
Full-color GPS-compatible maps of each trail
Whether you're out to see the elk rut in autumn, the summer blooms on the hillside, the thundering falls in spring, or the white-blanketed calm of the forest in winter, author Kim Lipker has your mission accomplished. Both the west, Grand Lake side and the east, Estes Park side of the park are featured. This guide includes original GPS-based trail maps, detailed trail descriptions, overnight camping recommendations, trail guides suitable for different experience levels, and more.
Hiking mistress and trail master Kim Lipker starts with the assumption that, Yes!, females are indeed at home in the wilderness. This unique guide is packed with essential how-to information, wit, wisdom, and tips on everything from safety, to basic equipment, to hiking while pregnant. Whether new to the sport or a veteran, Smart & Savvy Hiking prepares females to have fun, enjoy, and be safe on a day hike through the woods, weekend blast in the desert, or extended journey on a long trail. Daring? Of course. Dangerous? No way. Divine? In every possible way.
In the mountains of Colorado, the Rockies, camping is primarily a summertime activity. When the snow melts and the rivers run high--that's when tent campers start longing for the crisp mornings, crystal-clear days, and cool nights by the campfire that are part of a Rocky Mountain camp out. Not to mention wilderness hiking, trout fishing, mountain biking, and whitewater boating.
In other parts of Colorado, the tent camping season is extended. You can pitch your tent year-round in the canyon country of the Western Slope, along the prairie lakes of the east, and in some of the lower elevation state parks. No matter where you go or when you go, the scenic beauty of Colorado will never fail to please the eye.
Before embarking on a trip, take some time to prepare. Many of the best tent campgrounds are at the far end of a gravel road. This isolation--part of their attraction for many campers--makes for a long supply or gear run if you are unprepared. Call ahead and ask for a park map, brochure, or other information to help you plan your trip. Make reservations wherever applicable, especially at popular state parks. Ask questions. Ask more questions. The more questions you ask, the fewer surprises you'll get. There are other times, however, when you'll grab your gear and this book, hop in the car, and just wing it. This can be an adventure in its own right.
Each campground has been rated on six criteria: beauty, privacy, spaciousness, quiet, security and cleanliness. In addition, campground profiles include vital statistics about each location (fees, restrictions, operating season, amenities, contact information, driving directions and reservation information, to name a few) that help campers plan the perfect trip without unwanted surprises. GPS users will also appreciate that each campground's precise latitude and longitude waypoints are included.
Tent campers will also enjoy a detailed map of each campground included in the site profile. Making reservations online or blindly over the phone can put a camper miles from the restroom, stranded with no shade, or in the middle of a busy campground trail. Maps will help campers avoid those pitfalls, and wherever possible the author has even recommended specific campsites for maximum privacy, spaciousness, or beauty.
Although there's never a shortage for things to do in Colorado's outdoors, campground summaries in the book also suggest attractions and activities near each campground. Fishing, hiking, biking, paddling, and scenic drives in the immediate area are recommended to ensure that campers know the basic lay of the land and have a jumping-off point to plan their trip.
Whether it's a large family looking to get away for the weekend, a scout troop that wants to try something new, or a serious outdoors enthusiast searching for a place to adventure for the day and crash for the night, Best Tent Camping: Colorado has done all the work in finding those special, out-of-the-way campgrounds, and gives campers the tools to plan an amazing, unforgettable camping trip.