Hiking in Park County Colorado

This web site contains a collection of stories about hiking trips I have taken in and near Park County, Colorado, The hikes range from easy riverside strolls to tough high-country bushwhacks. I hope you enjoy the pictures and stories even half as much as I enjoyed the hikes, and that you’re encouraged to take your own. Park County is a beautiful place, and there are endless hikes to take. See you in the alpenglow! John D. Rankin

Hiking Pix from around Park County

What you need to know to hike Park County, Colorado!

If you can walk, you can hike. Hiking is just like walking, except you do it with a good deal more of mindfulness and you do it out in the wilderness. You soak in the sounds and the scenery of nature while you get yourself into better shape at a pace and at a level of difficulty of your own choosing. Out here in Park County, right at the heart of the Rockies, hiking is an important part of our way of life. And here on this site, I will be sharing some stories about my own hikes, ranging from the easy riverside strolls to those tough high-country bushwhacks. I hope you enjoy the pictures and stories even half as much as I enjoyed the hikes, and that you’re encouraged to take your own.

Once you do decide to join me in my outdoor treks across Park County, here are a few friendly reminders to help you get started, especially if you are still a newbie to hiking:

Make a Plan and Stick to it
Dress Sensibly and Comfortably

Bring a Backpack of Essentials

Don’t Pollute

Welcome. I’m John, and if you want to know more about hiking in Park County, you can always contact me  - Please let me know also what area of this large county you would like me to focus on article wise!

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