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This part of our website is reserved for additional information that hikers might find useful before they set out for a hike. It may contain hiking tips, descriptions of newly discovered trails, book reviews and/or recommendations, links to other sites and other useful information.

Hiking Books

An Outdoor Family Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park by Lisa Gollin Evans

Hiking Colorado and Hiking Colorado II, both by Caryn and Peter Boddie.

Hiking Colorado III by Maryann Gaug

Hiking Colorado’s Front Range by Bob D’Antonio

Light From a Thousand Campfires by Fred Baker and Hannah Pavlik.

Sources of Information About Places to Hike

Colorado State Parks
Rocky Mountain National Park

Outoor Recreation in Colorado


County Open Space:

Boulder County
Douglas County
Jefferson County


The Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) card covers the costs if you should require search and rescue services when hiking. The price is $3 for a one year card, $12 for a five year card. Purchase a CORSAR card by calling 970-248-7313, or from vendors throughout the state including the REI Flagship Store in downtown Denver. Click here for more information.


Useful Web Sites

Here are some useful web sites to find out about outdoor conditions and hiking and other outdoor activities in Colorado:

Colorado Avalanche Information Center – provides current avalanche information in the winter
Colorado Road Conditions and Weather – provides current road & weather conditions in the State
Rocky Mountain Area Fire & Aviation Management – provides current fire restrictions in Rocky Mountain National Forests
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado -  hosts a variety of volunteer outdoor conservation projects, including trail-building

Leave No Trace: The Importance of Clean Camping - Guidance on how to enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way 

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