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KOA: Best hikes for wildflower lovers

From the bloggers at KOA

It’s been scientifically proven: flowers make us happy. But if you think a fresh bouquet of a dozen roses is a reason to smile, how about rolling meadows of thousands of blooms?

Interest piqued? Check out these wildflower hikes: They’re quite literally walks through fields of happiness.

Gunnison National Forest

Spreading across several towns including Crested Butte, the wildflower capital of Colorado, Gunnison National Forest offers hikes so vibrant you’ll wonder if you’re on the trail or in a dream. Catch the Rustler Gulch Trail during peak season in July and you’ll find yourself waist-deep in a thick carpet of 114 different types of blooms, including the bright blue columbine, Colorado’s state flower.  This trail doesn’t have a lot of ups and downs to distract you from basking in the glory of its wildflower abundance, but it does clock in between seven and eight miles, so arrive prepared to spend a few hours in your hiking boots.

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