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Trail Etiquette for Hikers

There’s nothing more awkward than a trail encounter with two parties heading opposite directions, neither of which is sure who has the right of way. That confusing, “I’ll go right,” “No, you go right,” shuffle is always embarrassing. Luckily, you can avoid these situations on the trail if you read up on proper trail etiquette, which will let you know who has the right of way and when.  On the
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5 Tips for New Hikers

During the four months that the coronavirus pandemic has sequestered much of the population within their houses, more and more people have turned to the outdoors to alleviate the isolation of being stuck inside. Local trails have seen a huge spike in visitation; Colorado Parks and Wildlife, for example, saw a 30 percent increase in visitation at its parks in April 2020 versus the previous year. In addition to the
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Tour of Lakes and Hiking Trails in Colorado

For my birthday week, I tend to go on a little trip - discovering new places. This year, I created a little trip I just may turn into an annual vacation. As I was thinking about a last minute trip a week or so before my birthday, I searched for reservations at various campsites and found one spot at Grand Lake available for two consecutive days…. So I made the
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The 10 Best Uncrowded Alternatives to National Parks

America’s National Parks are among the most stunning examples of natural wonders in the world. However, the pristine beauty afforded by theSE parks also draws huge crowds, especially during the summer months. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, for example, saw 12,547,743 visitors in 2019, the number one most visited park in the country. Luckily for outdoor enthusiasts, there are innumerable uncrowded nature preserves located near the popular National Parks.
Hiking with Dogs
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5 Tips For Hiking With Dogs

Having your best friend by your side while enjoying an outdoor adventure on the trail often elevates the entire experience of hiking, trail running, or mountain biking. Taking your dog with you on the trails also helps your canine companion get exercise and foster its own connection with the outdoors. Dog friendly hikes are readily available across the country and while the positives of heading to the trailhead with your
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10 Off-The-Beaten-Path Hiking Trails for Outdoor Adventure in Colorado

Hikers are often seeking solitude when heading out onto the trails, but avoiding the crowds has become more challenging as resources regarding local trailheads and hiking objectives become more readily available. There are a few tactics that can be used to avoid others on the trails. Hitting the trailhead early or late is usually a good idea. Getting on the trail by 6:30 a.m., or  after 6:30 p.m., are good