One of the most rewarding parts about hiking is reaching the destination at the end of the trail. In Colorado, sometimes that means alpine lakes and awe-inspiring views, or in other cases, the trail takes hikers on a trip back in time.

The Homestead Meadows hike in Estes Park gives a glimpse of what life was like over 100 years ago in this northern Colorado town. Unlike other local ghost towns that were settled by miners, the Homestead Meadows site was built up by a group of men and women who agreed to help improve the land by living there.