Colorado's Best Wildflowers Hikes are in Steamboat Springs

 

  Colorado's summers may be short, but for a few weeks, starting in mid-July and running until the end of August, we are treated to a wildflower extravaganza. As the last remaining snow drifts melt and the sun reaches it's pinnacle, the high country surrounding Steamboat Springs Colorado is transformed into a rainbow of colors. This site is to hard to explain and must be seen for yourself. Fields of green suddenly burst alive with splashes of reds, yellows and purples. Behind every rock, growing out of old stumps and sprouting up from seemly barren ground there seems to be a flower growing. There are many places around Colorado to witness this brief miracle, but one of the most popular destinations is Rabbit Ears Pass. Located a short drive from Steamboat Springs, the drive is quick and the rewards are great. 

  As Highway 40 winds through this high mountain plateau and makes its way back to Denver, you quickly realize that you are in wildflower heaven. Immediately upon reaching the summit the red colors of the Paintbrush begin to dot the roadside. The surrounding fields are dotted with purple Lupine mixed with yellow Alpine Sunflowers. Make sure to bring your camera along, because there is a photo awaiting around each corner. This pass has always been named one of Colorado's most popular wildflower destinations, not only for the beauty, but for the ease of access. There are plenty of places to pull off and explore or you can simply stay in your car and enjoy the ride. For the adventurous type, try hiking to the top of the famous Rabbit Ears. This 6 mile round trip is a great adventure and the rewards at the summit are well worth the hike. The trailhead is located just beyond the Dumont Lake campgrounds. This is a Forest Service Campground with picnic area and restrooms. It's a great place to spend the weekend, hiking, fishing or just relaxing. 

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