Colorado is a state that takes hiking to new heights. While visitors can get a sampling of desert wilderness in the south and east edges of the state, most hiking here is among mountains. As a Mecca for outdoor activities, popular trails in Colorado can be incredibly busy. Trailhead parking in Rocky Mountain National Park is a matter of timing, even for the overflow lots. But in such a lush state, there are tons of alternatives to find. A bit of advanced research can go a long way.
Wherever you hike, safety is key. Colorado terrain is rough, the weather can be harsh, and even the wildlife can be quite imposing. Be sure to stick to main trails, dress appropriately, carry provisions, and let someone outside of the hiking party know your plans.