Backpacking Colorado

Colorado Backpacking Trips

The Remote San Juan Mountains

The San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado provide one of the most scenic backdrops for a backpacking trip. The rugged mountains, cascading creeks, open meadows, spectacular wildflowers and abundant wildlife make this the supreme destination for a backcountry excursion.

No other mountain area in Colorado can match the access, remoteness, expanse, and majesty of the San Juans. They are the true definition of “The Rockies”.

Our trips are designed for beginning to intermediate backpackers and will suit backcounty travellers of all ages and ability levels. This is a great adventure for families or a group of friends.

Our Terrain

Our backpacking trips take place in the Weminuche Wilderness, typically in either the Chicago Basin, Ice Lakes Basin, and the world-famous Colorado Trail. We utilize the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&SNGRR) to access the wilderness area. A relic of the mining trade of the 1880’s – 1930’s, the train is world famous as it is one of the few narrow gauge railroads left in existence. This is a unique experience and adds an interesting start and finish to our backpacking trips. Come and join us on a truly unforgettable trip in Colorado’s largest wilderness area!

*If our scheduled climbs do not fit your needs, we can also schedule private dates to accommodate your schedule needs/requirements.

2014 offerings

Chicago Basin Backpacking(3 – 4 days)
An excellent introduction to backpacking in the San Juan backcountry, and a great way to see Chicago Basin, the home of the 14′ers and the crown jewel of the Weminuche Wilderness. 3 and 4 day intineraries are available.

Best of the Weminuche(5 days)
If you’d like to see all the Weminuche Wilderness has to offer, then consider joining this one-of-a-kind backpacking adventure. We’ll travel to some of the best, and least travelled areas of the San Juans all the while hiking on beautiful trails.

Ice Lakes Basin(3 days)
Cascading waterfalls, brilliant wildflower displays and turquoise lakes permeate the landscape of Ice Lakes Basin. Matching unparalleled scenery with relative easy access makes this 3-day backpacking excursion a perfect trip for families, or those new to wilderness travel.

The Colorado Trail(3 – 9 days; segments 24 – 28)
The Colorado Trail is widely considered one of the finest long-distance trails in the United States and even the world. Segments 24 through 28 are some of the most beautiful along the entire route showcasing breath-taking mountain views, dense wildflower displays and rushing mountain creeks.

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