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Vacationing in the backyard

Usually when I go on vacation, I head over Rabbit Ears Pass to some exotic destination like the New Jersey shore or Albuquerque.

This year, I decided to spend my vacation in Routt County.

I’ve always wanted to spend a week hiking the trails I put on my to-do list six months ago and mountain biking the trails I was previously too afraid to try.

So I did.

I hiked Hahn’s Peak. It was challenging because of the melting snow and mud, but it was one of the most breathtaking things I’ve ever done.


I hate to sound cheesy, but North Routt County is perhaps the most gorgeous chunk of land in Colorado.

Although I spent a considerable amount of time up north, I made it down to the Flat Tops, though I wasn’t quite ready to commit to Devil’s Causeway.

My fear of plummeting to my death overtook me and it was sort of snowy anyway.

Instead, I did Spring Creek and Buff Pass and Mad Creek and Seedhouse trails.

It was great because they offer such different views.

While hiking Buff Pass, I ran into a biker who alerted me to an “overwhelming” number of sheep grazing.

As I got to them, all I could do was laugh because they looked like cotton balls playing in a leaf pile.

There must have been nearly 1,000 sheep on and around the trail and it was sort of nerve wracking to maneuver around them.

Of course, you must realize this is coming from the girl who is afraid of deer.

Sheep or no sheep, last week was the perfect time to spend every day outside because it was not only warm, but the aspens also reached peak and covered the Yampa Valley in gold.

Even though I wrecked once on my mountain bike, it was still excellent, and I recommend to anyone who is contemplating a vacation to explore our own paradise.

I don’t think you’ll find a more stunning place.

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