Following In Their Footsteps

Historical Hikes of the Northern Front Range

Book Cover: Following In Their Footsteps

Discover why and how our best-loved trails were built. Learn about the back-breaking labor involved in creating our most-loved trails in the northern Front Range, and the stories of the people who made them, their love for the outdoors, their pursuit of wealth, their dreams, and their failures. Filled with tales of murder, innovative ideas, and daring deeds, Following In Their Footsteps will give you new appreciation for the trails you love, and new ideas for trails to explore.

With Then & Now Photos and Maps

Publisher: Perigo Press
Reviews:Carol Taylor on Boulder Daily Camera wrote:

Mountain mavens Kay Turnbaugh and Lee Tillotson published a new book this year, “Following in Their Footsteps: Historical Hikes of the Northern Front Range.” Journalist, historian and author Turnbaugh and author, longtime physical education teacher and Nordic skiing instructor Tillotson created the Snowshoe History Tour map and interpretive signage at Eldora Mountain Resort in 2012. They continue to be curious and enthusiastic about digging up the stories from the mountain towns and mining camps west of Boulder. Their latest book includes details of hikes at Caribou, the Switzerland Trail, the Arapaho Glacier, Lost Lake and Chautauqua. Solid background text accompanied by a well-curated collection of historical images, maps and current photographs come together to make a lovely addition to any local history bookshelf.

Afoot and Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, RMNP

184 Spectacular Outings in the Colorado Rockies

Book Cover: Afoot and Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, RMNP
Editions:Paperback: $ 18.95
ISBN: 978-0899977553
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 360

One of the most comprehensive hiking and biking books available.


Alan Apt, author of the best-selling guidebook, Snowshoe Routes Colorado’s Front Range, and Kay Turnbaugh, author of Around Nederland, carefully describe 184 adventures for people of all abilities and interests.

The book includes everything from easy access Front Range lakeside strolls to high challenging treks among the high peaks. Many trails are great for kids (of all ages)—less ambitious but highly satisfying, easy gambols in the natural world.

Published by Wilderness Press.

The geographical scope of the book stretches from the Fort Collins area to Colorado Springs, and west to Rocky Mountain National Park, Fairplay, and Independence Pass; with superb coverage of mountains, plains, canyons and riverside adventures.

The new edition offers much more than the first edition, with:

  • 184 trails, many of them new
  • 60+ hikes within one hour of Denver-Boulder
  • 33 peak summit hikes--20 mountain summits, 13 foothills
  • 80 hikes with options for families with kids
  • 43 hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park
  • 57 hikes to lakes
  • 65 trails good for mountain biking
  • 80 trails good for winter sports

One of the hikes we couldn't fit into the book:

Hiking French Pass Trail in South Park


Reviews:Ward Luthi, President, Walking the World wrote:

If you want to buy only one hiking book, this is it. It has 184 great trails, including summits and lakes, as well as hikes for families and bikers. Enjoy the excellent advice based on Apt's 40 years of hiking in Colorado. This book will supply you with beautiful places to explore for years.