Beginner’s Trail Guide: Elk Falls Hike in Staunton State Park

The Elk Falls Overlook is one of the more iconic views of Staunton State Park (after Lion’s Head at least), and the trek out to see it is perfect for a beginner looking to push into longer distance hikes. It’s a challenge, but not out of reach for a beginner as the trail isn’t too…

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Buffalo Park Loop in Flagstaff

Earlier this summer, I hit the road for a conservation conference and visited Arizona for the first time. Phoenix left a lot to be desired, considering it was just below 100 degrees when I arrived at 8:30 p.m., but I completely fell in love with Flagstaff. The town is super cool, the weather is gorgeous, and…

Beginner’s Trail Guide: St. Mary’s Glacier

St. Mary’s Glacier is a bit of a hidden gem, and it’s definitely a hike you should do once. Obviously, it’s not hard to find spectacular views on hikes in Colorado, but how many chances do you get to hike on a glacier?! To be completely honest, this was a doozy of a hike for me as…

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Gem Lake in Estes Park

This four-mile out and back trail was the first hike I ever did after moving to Colorado. The elevation in Estes Park is no joke, so if you’re new to town like I was, plan on taking lots of water and lots of breaks. It was slightly demoralizing that a very small fluffy white dog…

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Rattlesnake Gulch in Eldorado Canyon State Park

In the spirit of working off the countless amounts of carbs I (happily) took down on Thanksgiving, I spent my Black Friday hiking with my better half in El Dorado Canyon. Despite the less than encouraging name, the Rattlesnake Gulch trail was a perfect post-Thanksgiving day hike. The best part about El Dorado Canyon State…

Beginner’s Trail Guide: East side of Rocky Mountain National Park

The entrance to the eastern side of RMNP is right outside of downtown Estes Park. Now that Highway 36 is completely restored after last year’s flooding, the drive is an easy and scenic hour and a half from Denver. As any basic Google searching will tell you, Bear Lake is the perfect place for beginners,…

Trail Guide: Beginner Hiking at Staunton State Park

I’ve been to Staunton Stake Park twice, and I’m already in love. When my parents visited from Maryland a few weeks ago, I needed an option for hiking that wasn’t too far from Denver. It also had to offer doable trails for people living essentially at sea level. Staunton has all of this (and you…