If you enjoy hiking and camping, backpacking is the next big Colorado trail adventure. Combine hiking trails for loops through high country across meadows, around alpine lakes, and over peaks. The Four Pass Loop through the Maroon Bells wilderness is a perpetual favorite as well as Chicago Basin in the Weminuche Wilderness area of the San Juan Mountains.
Packing light is key to backpacking success. Backpackers will tell you that a good general rule is to pack your backpack, then unpack it and remove 50% of what you thought you needed. Also, consider a training regimen before you embark to get your legs in shape to withstand multiple days of high alpine elevation gain. Choose a route that’s at your level and enjoy the solitude of your backcountry excursion.