Trail Guidebooks for hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, back-country trails & ski descents…

No matter the season in Colorado there is an adventure waiting for you and these Trail Guidebooks will get you there. Detailed descriptions inside help find the right trail for you. The real fun is discovering just how many trails are out there.

You are almost guaranteed to discover a new trail …

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The ultimate list of Colorado hiking trail guidebooks

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Our “Trail Books” are worn out, marked up, and have been favorite companions, taking them with us no matter where we go.

New to Colorado, visiting Colorado, or native to Colorado, there is a trail for you. The ultimate gift for outdoor enthusiasts, adventure junkies, outdoor families and you!

100 Classic Hikes Colorado
Great book to keep with you wherever you go. Going to the mountains for a day, a weekend, out to breakfast, just cruising around? Stop, find a trail… get outside for a bit. Great hikes inside for every skill level with detailed information about each trail.

Best Summit Hikes in Colorado: An Opinionated Guide to 50+ Ascents of Classic and Little-Known Peaks from 8,144 to 14,433 feet
Love hiking? A popular guide for Colorado locals. Beat the crowds, find a new trail, bring your guests. Coming to Colorado? The perfect book to add adventure to your trip

Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado: A Guide To The State’s Best Waterfall Hikes
Some of Colorado’s best Hiking destinations are in this guide book. A hike for any skill level inside with detailed information on each trail and directions to get there.

Best Hiking in Central Colorado around Aspen, Marble, Leadville, Buena Vista and Crested Butte
Absolutely one of my favorite areas in Colorado. A guide book you won’t be able to put down, so many trails to some of Colorado’s most beautiful locations. Detailed descriptions to match any skill level.

Best Hiking in Southwestern Colorado around Ouray, Telluride, Silverton and LakeThe most spectacular trails surround these mountain towns. You will want to do them all. This guide book will get you into a place with views, scenery & lakes like no where else in Colorado. One of Colorado’s most stunning destinations.

Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail (Best Hikes Near Series)You simply can’t go wrong in Breck & Vail. Trails galore. If your looking for a family hike or a strenuous hike, it’s in this book. One of the most popular destinations for travelers and locals.

Hiking Colorado’s Summit County Area: A Guide To The Best Hikes In And Around Summit County (Regional Hiking Series)

Any season, Summit County is a Colorado playground. This trail book is a must have for anyone wanting to find a trail in the high country, local or visiting. This book is always with us, marked up, used & worn-out.

Colorado Lake Hikes: The Colorado Mountain Club Guidebook (Colorado Mountain Club Guidebooks)

There is nothing like coming upon a lake deep in the Colorado mountains when on a hike. A great guide book, with trails for all skill levels. Backpackers delight on some of the trails. Always fun when you can only get there on foot.

Colorado’s Incredible Backcountry Trails
The title says it all. Backcountry! Love this book. Coming to “get outside” in Colorado or have the privilege of living here, this is a must have book. Detailed information on each trail for you to find the right adventure.

The Best Durango Hikes: Colorado Mountain Club Pack Guide

Durango, CO, a picturesque town surrounded by hiking trails in southwestern Colorado. Find yourself confused by which trail to do first! Mountains, lakes, desert canyons, Indian ruins, rivers. Depending which direction you venture it’s something different. This book has the best hikes you’ll find.

Best Easy Day Hikes: Grand Junction and Fruita (Best Easy Day Hikes Series)

Go west! Bring the kids and this book. A hiking haven surrounds Grand Junction and Fruita. To really know how amazing this area is you need your boots and head out… a very different kind of Colorado. Beautiful.

Best Hikes Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness 
Beautiful Indian Peaks Wilderness is a hikers paradise. Get the book, it really is a guide to “the Area’s Greatest Hiking Adventures”. Our favorite trail “Arapahoe Glacier”. Perfect gift for your friends and yourself! Live in Boulder? Gotta have it…

Best Wildflower Hikes Colorado: A Guide to the Area’s Greatest Wildflower Hiking Adventures (Regional Hiking Series)

There really is nothing like a field of wildflowers in the high country of Colorado. Knowing where to go and when is a real treat and this guide will lead you to the prettiest spots. A sweet addition to the book would be a pocket naturalist guide to identify wildflowers you find while on your hiking adventure.

Colorado Trees & Wildflowers: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Plants (A Pocket Naturalist Guide)

The Best Crested Butte Hikes

Can’t go wrong in Crested Butte, CO. Quaint, funky town. Great locals, backcountry hiking & snowshoeing galore. You’ll want to do all the trails, move here and never leave! Detailed descriptions and how to find the best trailheads for your day hike and more.

Winter in Colorado is magical! Grab a book below and experience our glorious snow covered mountains.

Colorado’s Quiet Winter Trails (Colorado Mountain Club Guidebooks)

Don’t let winter keep you inside. Winter hiking and snowshoeing in Colorado is the best! After a snow storm, the skies clear to the brightest blue, the air becomes crispy clean, and the quiet of a snow covered trail is peaceful & exhilarating. Trails to drool over in this book. Grab a pair of snowshoes and do all of them…

Wilderness Women’s Snow Shoes – to get you started finding the right pair for you.

Snowshoe Routes: Colorado’s Front Range (Snowshoe Routes: Colorado Mountain Club Guidebook)

Getting outside in winter is easy if you have this guide book. Detailed descriptions on trails for any skill level and directions how to get there. Colorado Mountain Club Guidebooks know the best locations, you can’t go wrong!

Snowshoeing Colorado

This book lives in our car and it has never let us down. We are all over the Colorado Mountains and have stopped numerous times, found a trail from this book (even in summer) and either hike it or snowshoe it, depending on conditions. A great gift for visitors, newcomers, & you.

Winter Trails™ Colorado: The Best Cross-Country Ski And Snowshoe Trails (Winter Trails Series)

Guidebook to some of the best locations for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. If your a hiker and love the solitude of being in the mountains, you will fall in love with cross-country and snowshoeing

Classic Colorado Ski Descents

Wish I had this guidebook when my son was younger. He & his buddies where always up on some Pass with their snowboards. Classic Colorado Ski Descents features 300 ski descents on 70 separate peak entries on Fourteeners, Thirteeners, and easily accessible mountain passes and locales. Routes that range from peaks with gentle terrain, to tree glades, endless powder, ridge lines, steep faces, and couloirs. Each peak description includes skiable vertical, elevation gain, and roundtrip mileage, and easy-to-follow directions to the trailhead.


4 books below that are highly recommended if you are venturing into the backcountry of Colorado during any season. 


Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche HazardSnow Sense is our favorite book on how to avoid getting caught in an avalanche. Written by the experts, Snow Sense focuses on the critical terrain, snowpack, weather, and human factors that allow avalanche accidents to happen. A must-have for anyone who plays in the Colorado High Country.

Wilderness First Responder: How To Recognize, Treat, And Prevent Emergencies In The BackcountryWilderness First Responder is a comprehensive text for the recognition, treatment, and prevention of backcountry emergencies. Step by step directions.

The National Outdoor Leadership School’s Wilderness Guide: The Classic Handbook, Revised and UpdatedThe classic backpacker’s handbook providing expert guidelines for anyone who loves the outdoors. Selecting equipment, hiking safety, Leave No Trace, back-country cooking, search and rescue, and more.

Leave No Trace: A Guide to the New Wilderness Etiquette (Backpacker)Wilderness ethics for minimizing impact on wilderness travelers and wildlife. Practical tips and techniques for hikers, climbers, backcountry skiers, mountain bikers, equestrians, sea kayakers, canoeists, and rafters. A must read!

Love the outdoors? You will love Colorado. Live in Colorado? You need these trail books! So many trails… enjoy! 


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