The specialists at JAX Outdoor Gear not only want to help gear you up properly for Northern Colorado hikes, but they want to let you know the best spots to go.

With fall in full swing, there are few times better than now to go on a Northern Colorado hike.

If you are looking to witness breathtaking fall colors and wildlife in their natural habitat, consider these spots, which are recommended by JAX specialists.


Bobcat Ridge Natural Area — Bobcat Ridge Natural Area is nearby, making it the perfect quick weekend hike. There are five trails, wildlife viewing, red rock cliffs, and even several historic homestead sites. Keep in mind that while this trail is perfect for kids, dogs are not allowed.

In Rocky Mountain National Park

Glacier Gorge Trailhead to Mills Lake — This moderate out-and-back trail features fantastic views of Rocky Mountain National Park and Glacier Gorge.

Up The Poudre

Michigan Ditch Trail — If you are looking for a good alternative hike to the American Lakes Trail, the Michigan Ditch Trail to Lake Agnes is an ideal option. Located near Walden in State Forest State Park, this hike is dog friendly and includes views of the nearby crags.

Montgomery Pass Trail — This trail is gorgeous early in the season with wildflowers, but still has stunning views in the fall.

Zimmerman Lake Trail — Zimmerman Lake Trail follows an old logging road, making it a good choice for young kids. It’s a short hike that is good for viewing moose in the fall and is a great snowshoeing option during the winter.

Lower Dadd Gulch Trail — Lower Dadd Gulch Trail is another recommendation for families and dogs that is close by and not very difficult. The trail follows a small stream which makes it lots of fun for kids.

Trap Park Trail — If views and moose are on your hiking list, this is a good bet. From the trail you can see both Iron Mountain and Flat Top Mountain.

Near Red Feather

Dowdy Lake Trail — This loop trail around Dowdy Lake is flat and family friendly (including dogs, though they must be kept on a leash). There are also plenty of  picnic areas.

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