Stop and smell the flowers this summer!

Summertime in Colorado brings a plethora of greenery and gorgeous blooms. We were able to narrow down the list of top spots to see wildflowers this season, so lace up your hiking boots and get your cameras ready! 

1. Shrine Ridge Trail

This idyllic four-mile stretch is located near Vail in the White River National Forest. Locals are enamored with the panoramic mountain views and fields of wildflowers in the summertime. For directions, click here.

2. Yankee Boy Basin

Situated near the base of some of the San Juan Mountains' most jaw-dropping cliffs is a wildflower wonderland. The Forest Service recommends visitors come from mid-July through early August for the best flower views. If you're in the mood for a fun day-trip, make a quick pit-stop at Ouray (aka the Switzerland of America) on your way. For directions, click here


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3. American Basin

Quite possibly one of the most beautiful locations in Colorado, American Basin is a must-see during wildflower season. Surrounded by steep cliffs and known for its high elevation, the basin isn't the easiest to get to, but it is worth it. The Forest Service recommends using a Jeep or ATV to get to there, which can both be rented in Lake City. For directions, click here

4. Crested Butte Trail 403

Crested Butte is known for its gorgeous blooms. Trail 403 offers some of the best views with its 7.5-mile-long length. Dogs are welcome on the trail as long as they are kept on leash. For directions, click here.  


🌷🌹🌻| Flowers on flowers on flowers. #washingtongulch #Trail403

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5. Ice Lakes

Hikers will get a two-for-one deal with this beautiful location. Check out the wildflower blooms and admire turquoise water at the same time. This is a 7.4-mile round-trip trail out of the South Mineral Campground near Silverton. For directions, click here.

Which spot will you visit this summer? Have you already been to any of these locations? Let us know in the comments!