Depending on where you are in the world you may need to spend a few bucks to get to Colorado. Ideally you should also have a few hundred for spending money. It is well worth the trip if you are into hiking, huge 14000 ft peaks and exploring the many trails available.
I live across the pond so I am forced to save up for a while and get some time off. I will usually go for 1-2 weeks of the year. I actually have had to get a 2nd job to afford to go. My day job is actually as a Crain operator however I have a trained and gotten my forklift drivers licence ( http://www.skillssprout.com/forklift-training/)
. The job pays pretty well and there is always a demand for forklift drivers, so finding the job was relatively easy. I do shifts from 6-10 in a large Waitrose warehouse down the road.
Back to Colorado….
Some of the more famous trails include boulder creek greenway, devils thumb pass, beaver creek loop and sentinel point. There are several tour centres around where you can either hike with a guide or go via horseback. I would obviously recommend exploring on horseback.
During my time I went to Mineral Belt loop Trail which was a total of 12 miles and took about an hour to complete. There is a 10K ft elevation so it is not for the faint of heart. It is worth plucking up your courage though, as the views are breath-taking.
A few things to remember when you are on your travels:
A) always pack plenty of water but be aware that water is heavy! so just enough and always make room for it by removing things you probably won’t need.
B) Make sure you tell people where you are going and when you will be back. This way if the worst happens someone will know something is not right and go after you.
C) Bring firestarters, matches and a lighter.