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Enhancing Your Hike

Tips to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Article by Allison Bankston

Photography by Sean McNeil, Aspen Art Co

Originally published in Arvada Lifestyle

Hiking is a phenomenal way to get out and enjoy nature and to stay fit, and Colorado is a playground for hiking enthusiasts. The National Park Service recommends everyone follow the principle of Leaving No Trace so all our trails remain in great condition.

Depending on where you're exploring, you may not need all these supplies, but consider bringing more than you think you will need. Here are a few things that you can pack to make your hike go more smoothly.

  • Layers of clothing for the heat and cold

  • Sun protection including sunglasses, sunscreen, and maybe a hat

  • Compass and GPS system

  • A flashlight, lantern and/or headlamp

  • A small, basic first aid kit

  • Lightweight rain gear

  • Emergency kit supplies such as matches, a multi-tool, duct tape, and an emergency blanket

  • And more food and water than you think is necessary

For more information to keep your hike safe and fun, visit the National Park Service website at nps.gov,

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