Back Packing in the Colorado, USA

Colorado is famous for hiking, trails and backpacking. Enthusiasts take a week long or a month long hiking trip on the Colorado lands. Young adults and Teenagers with guides go on a backpacking trip alongside the Colorado wilderness.

Information and Geography of Colorado

However, before setting off for backpacking and hiking, it becomes very crucial to plan a trip. First and foremost, it requires information and knowledge of weather, land, water source and altitude before landing on the lands. This can very much assist in a successful hiking and handling the weather changes.

Some of Colorado’s parts are filled with mountains, while some are just plains and water. The plains are situated in the eastern part while the rocks divide Pacific and Atlantic regions. Mountains and rocks are seen on some of the western parts of Colorado.


The Colorado wilderness land is accessible by foot and horseback. Various camps and programs are organised regularly with guides to let the people explore the areas. The Colorado trails cover more than 99,000 acres and 150 miles to trail, big enough for every hiker.

The Colorado Trail

The Colorado trail is a long distance mountain trail that demands discipline, basic surviving techniques, cautions and mountain hiking knowledge. One can go through the official handbook provided by the Colorado Trail Foundation. There are about 28 segments for Colorado Trail. The guidebook gives people information on the area, access points, trail-heads, supplies, services, water access area, accommodation, etc. It should be noted that most of the trailing area is more than 10,000 feet.

ELK mountain                                                                             

Some nature and trekking institutions regularly take people for hiking and trailing in the Colorado at cost affordable packages. The wilderness and trailing areas of Colorado include:

  1. Buffalo Peak

  2. Byers Peak

  3. Collegiate Peak

  4. Cache La Poude

  5. Eagles Nest

  6. Fossil Ridge

  7. Comanche Peak

  8. Gunnison Gorge

  9. Greenhorn Mountain

The other trailing destinations include:

  1. Lizard Head

  2. James Peak

  3. Mount Evans

Colorado Trailing: A Real Pleasure for Hikers

The hikers come across green mountain grass, free wild horses, elks, waterfalls near forests, different varieties of birds and animals, etc. The Four Pass Loop is regarded as one of the shortest backpack trip of Colorado. This trail include the Elk mountains and the Maroon Bells. Hikers camping in these areas during summer can see the beautiful and colorful wild flowers easily. It covers 28 miles. People can only travel in a group of 10 with least luggage.

Buffalo Peaks

The Buffalo Peaks are covered with hills, meadows and twin Buffalo peaks. It is ideal for a 2 day stay for people and covers 11 miles with an elevation of 21,000 feet. The other trailing expeditions can be taken to South Colony lakes and the Wheeler Geologic Area.

Bag packers can spend the wonderful hiking time seeing and doing Pagoda Peak and Flattop mountains. See horses and Fishing

Suggestions for High Altitude Hiking

People who do hiking at high altitude levels often experience altitude sickness due to low oxygen. They suffer from breath shortness, headache, nausea, nosebleeds etc. It is suggested for them to climb high but sleep less and avoid having alcohol or coffee and perform regular exercises. Ideal gear includes protective rain gear that can help during rains and storms like rain jackets, strong weather boots, tents, sleeping bag, etc.

High altitude                                                                                         Source-Wilderness

Necessary Items for Back Packing

Ideally, any person going for a back packing should have following items alongside.

  1. Rain gear

  2. Long sleeve shirt

  3. Jacket

  4. Sunscreen

  5. Sleeping bag

  6. Towel and toiletries

  7. Gloves

  8. Flash light

  9. Sunglasses

Some other items which are necessary to take along are:

  1. Camera and binocular

  2. First Aid Kit

  3. Stove

  4. Hat

  5. Food

  6. Knife

  7. GPS compass and Map

  8. Guide and weather report


Hikers and backpackers should have assistance number, information about weather changes and start hiking early in the morning to escape from weather changes.

As far as possible, one should travel with a companion for any emergency help to make the most of Colorado Wilderness.