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The best Colorado hikes to try this summer

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The secret is out: Colorado has some of the best hiking in the entire country!

But, with tens of thousands of acres of parks, trails, open space and national forest, how do you even know where to begin?

You're in luck. Many of us at 9NEWS love hiking and outdoor activities, so we've created a list of our favorite hikes and trails across the state, with insider recommendations of tips, tricks and times to beat the crowds.

When you're out and about this summer use #9Adventures when you're Facebooking, Instagramming or Tweeting about your adventures! You can also send us your great photos from your next hike.

Here are our hiking recommendations for this summer (more details below!):

Near Denver

  • Three Sisters Trail (Evergreen)
  • Chautauqua Park (Boulder)
  • Red Rocks (Morrison)

Near Fort Collins

  • Horsetooth Mountain Park (Larimer County)
  • The A (Fort Collins)
  • Greyrock Trail (LaPorte)

West of Denver

  • Hanging Lake (Glenwood Springs)
  • Booth Falls (Vail)
  • Boreas Pass (Breckenridge)
  • Conundrum Hot Springs (near Aspen/Maroon Bells)

Southern Colorado

  • Blue Lakes Trail (near Ridgway)
  • Angel of Shavano Trailhead (Maysville, near Poncha Springs)
  • Paint Mines Interpretive Park (near Calhan)

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