“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” | John Muir
Happy National Trails Day! There are thousands of trails waiting for you to explore in Colorado across 41 State Parks, 12 National Parks and Monuments, 13 National Forests and Grasslands and 58 14ers! Get outside and enjoy one of them and remember your trail etiquette to keep our trails safe and beautiful!
Events to Attend
There are several events you can attend to do your part in maintaining Colorado Trails, check out some fun ideas:
National Trails Day Restoration at Genesee Park | June 2 from 8 am to 4 pm
Genesse Park is one of the oldest parks in the Denver Mountain Parks system and is home to the historic Beaver Brook Trail, coveted hiker-only trails, and a herd of bison! Celebrate National Trails Day with Volunteers of Colorado (VOC) by restoring the Chavez Trail in Genesee Park (breakfast provided). Find out more information, here.
Broomfield Trail Adventure | June 2 from 8 am to 10 am
Celebrate National Trails Day on June 2, 2018 by hiking or biking in Broomfield! This annual event features a new trail section each year and is great for all ages and ability levels. This years’ event will feature Legacy Park, Quail Creek, and McKay Lake via a biking loop (6 miles), a hiking loop (3 miles), and a shorter family hiking loop (1 mile). Get more information, here.
Women’s Adventure Weekend | June 2 from 12 pm to 3 pm
Denver REI is hosting celebration of awesome women in the outdoors! Athleta will be hosting a free Women’s Yoga session from 1-2 pm followed by coffee, donuts, & ice cream social. You can also check out Women’s How to Climb a 14er class with Women Who Hike (WWH) from 3 to 4:30 followed with a Happy Hour at Denver Beer Co. Learn how to safely tackle Colorado’s giants: 14,000′ and other high altitude peaks! Get the whole schedule of events and learn more about partners of these events, here.
Explore a Colorado Trail
Colorado has miles upon miles of post card worthy views full of naturally beautiful landscapes and wildlife…there really is something out there for every level of outdoor enthusiast. Lounge by one of the crystal clear lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park, earn a Colorado badge by climbing to the peak of Mount Evans or spot bald eagles and other rare birds nest in the cottonwood trees of the Alamosa and Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuges. Find a trail to explore using the Colorado Trail Explorer.
Fuel up with Nutritious Recipes
One of the easiest and lightest snacks you can take on-the-go for your outdoor adventure is trail mix! Here’s the 101 on how to make the perfectly balanced mix:
Peanut Butter and Banana Wraps
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 whole wheat or regular flour tortillas
1/4 cup honey
2 bananas, sliced
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Directions: Spread 2 tablespoons of the peanut butter evenly over each tortilla. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the honey over each tortilla. Top with banana slices and chocolate chips. Roll up tortillas. Secure with toothpicks if needed.
Gluten Free Fig Bar
3/4 cup gluten-free oat flour
1/2 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
1/2 cup golden flax seed meal
2 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz dried figs
1/2 cup water
Directions: In a small bowl, whisk together the oat flour, all purpose flour, flax seed meal, coconut flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat butter with erythritol until well combined. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Beat in flour mixture until dough comes together. Turn out onto plastic wrap and shape into a low, flat rectangle. Wrap tightly and refrigerated 1 hour. Combine figs and water in the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth then set aside. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle work surface with some gluten-free all purpose flour and roll out dough to a large rectangle, about 10 by 16 inches. Cut into 4 even strips, about 4 inches wide each. Gently and carefully loosen each strip of dough with a sharp knife or an offset spatula. Spoon 1/4 of the filling down the center of each strip. Carefully fold edges over and pinch to seal. Patch any cracks or tears. Cut each strip into 8 cookies and place cookies on prepared baking sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until light golden brown and just firm to the touch. Remove and let cool completely on pan.
Homemade No Bake Granola Bars
1 cup dates (pitted)
1¼ cups crisp rice cereal
1 cup quick-cooking oats
¼ cup coarsely chopped peanuts
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup peanut butter
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
Directions: Spray an 8×8-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside. Place the dates in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Combine the pureed dates with the cereal, oats, peanuts, flaxseed, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Combine the peanut butter and brown rice syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted and completely blended. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir until well combined. Gently stir in the chocolate chips. Turn the mixture into the prepared pan and press firmly to pack the mixture into the pan. Let the mixture sit until completely cool and set, at least 1 hour. Cut into bars, then wrap individually in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator
Going on a longer trek and need light snacks? Try these 17 Backpacking Meal recipes with 4 Ingredients or less, here.