Guide Books for Your Summer Adventures

Colorado summer is all about the outdoors, so get ready to embrace your inner explorer with these comprehensive guides to all things nature from the ultimate insiders.

The Down & Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids

The Down & Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids
Photo by Tom Visocchi.

by Helen Olsson

Ready to make family memories under the stars? Boulder- based author and editor Helen Olsson’s down-and-dirty guidebook, now in its second edition, is your go-to manual for transforming outdoor trips into unforgettable adventures. Olsson, a seasoned camper and mom of three, blends humor with practicality, offering a no-nonsense guide to camping with kids of all ages. Her engaging style feels like chatting with a friend who’s been there and done that—multiple times, with toddlers in tow. Olsson covers everything from picking the perfect campsite to packing essentials, setting up camp, and keeping everyone safe and entertained. Packed with creative activities, from arts and crafts to photo safaris, and valuable insights on everything from gear rental to campfire recipes, this guide ensures no detail is overlooked so planning and executing a camping trip becomes a breeze. Brimming with checklists, tips, and real-life anecdotes, plus sidebars covering essential topics like the “Top 5 Ways to Curb Whining” and the crucial etiquette for pottying in the woods, this guide isn’t just about survival—it’s about thriving as a family while creating lasting memories and lifelong connections to nature.

Moon Colorado Hiking

Moon Colorado Hiking
Photo by Tom Visocchi.

by Joshua Berman

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Longmont local Joshua Berman has all the intel on Colorado’s best hikes—plus the best beers, bites, and campgrounds nearby. And lucky for us he’s choosing to share it. The author of seven travel books, creator of a popular travel blog, and a tour guide for a host of Travel Channel shows, Berman is a man you can trust when it comes to adventure. This expertly curated anthology of 75 hikes is conveniently organized into 11 geographic areas and features “best of” rundowns for various kinds of terrain, so whether you’re looking for a hot springs hike in the Central Mountains North region or an alpine lake trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, Berman has you covered. And the advice doesn’t just stop at which route to take—every hike featured includes a recommendation to the best nearby brew, and sometimes the best bite, so you can make a day of your adventure with a well-deserved indulgence. And if you’d rather make a weekend of it, some hikes even include a guide to nearby campgrounds, complete with overviews of the facilities, seasonality, and associated costs. Full of personal anecdotes and expert tips, Moon Colorado Hiking ensures you’ll never be more prepared for a trek into the wilderness to get a taste of what’s on tap.