The First Annual Colorado Trail Fest

In September, we gathered backpackers from around the country for the best hiking party the country had ever seen. And in 2017, we're doing it again.

Backpacking needs a good party, so we created one. In partnership with Mountain Hardwear, the state of Colorado, and the Colorado Outward Bound School, we launched the first annual Colorado Trail Fest in September 2016. Nearly 40 BACKPACKER readers gathered for a four-day trek in the San Juan Mountains, followed by a train ride to Durango and a music-beer-food-prizes celebration. We had rain, sun, sleet, snow—and an unforgettable experience. Check out some shots and a video from the unprecedented event.