Of all the sights to see at Snowmass, few are as breathtaking as the annual bloom of wildflowers which occurs in July. Right now is the best time to see them, and we sent a crack team of fresh-air enthusiasts to hike the trails and document as many of them as they could. Here’s where you should go and what you might see, but hurry … the wildflowers will start to fade by mid-August.

Wildflower Hikes on Snowmass - Rabbit Run
Wildflower Hikes on Snowmass - Rabbit Run

Rabbit Run

A spur trail off the popular Sierra Club Trail, Rabbit Run is another option and will extend your hike from summit to mid-mountain by about 30 minutes. Of course, you can choose to linger longer on this route, as the stands of lupine and wild geranium are particularly dense at the moment. Also look for Horse Tails and the last remaining blooms of wild strawberry in the wetter areas.

Wildflower Hikes on Snowmass - Vista Trail
Wildflower Hikes on Snowmass - Vista Trail

Vista Trail

Winding in and out of the trees from mid-mountain to the base of Snowmass, the Vista Trail is flush with wildflowers at the moment. Give yourself an hour to full enjoy the blooms here, which include columbine, wild geranium and lupine.

Wildflower Hikes on Snowmass - Snowmass Way
Wildflower Hikes on Snowmass - Snowmass Way

Snowmass Way

Another route to the base of Snowmass can be found along Snowmass Way. Allow an hour for this hike, which cruises through forested stretches and clearings, and where wild geranium, lupine and Colorado’s state flower — the columbine — can be spied at the moment. Also look for the yellow, daisy-like blooms of heartleaf arnica, which has medicinal properties that can relieve swelling and bruises when applied topically.