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What is the point of burning roughly 80 thousand calories (rough, non-scientific measurement) if you aren’t going to reward yourself with a delicious meal afterwords! I try to find local eateries in the small towns surrounding these trails when possible and I will be featuring some of those here as soon as the Covid rules are relaxed a bit.



Arapahoe County

Archuleta County

Boulder County

Chaffee County

Clear Creek County

Conejos County

Costilla County

Douglas County

Eagle County

  • Joe’s Famous Deli – Vail

    Joe’s Famous Deli – Vail

    After a tough hike there is nothing better than a big ol deli sandwich. Atleast that is what I thought before I saw the homemade ice cream.

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  • Garfinkels – Vail

    Garfinkels – Vail

    In the Lionshead Village portion of Vail, Garfinkels is a cool sports bar with a nice outdoor patio and good, reasonably priced food.

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El Paso County

Elbert County

Fremont County

Garfield County

Grand County

Huerfano County

Jefferson County

  • El Rancho – Evergreen

    El Rancho – Evergreen

    The historic El Rancho in Evergreen has been around since 1948. There is a cool classic vibe and homemade food was a perfect post hike meal.

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  • Woody’s Pizza and Watering Hole – Golden

    Woody’s Pizza and Watering Hole – Golden

    Woody’s on the main strip of Washington Avenue in Golden has a cool atmosphere with great food from cheesesteak and burgers to pizza and more.

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  • Table Mountain Inn – Golden

    Table Mountain Inn – Golden

    No trip to Golden is complete without stopping at the Table Mountain Inn. A nice southwestern style restaurant that has big food and big taste

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  • Ali Baba Grill – Golden

    Ali Baba Grill – Golden

    Ali Baba’s in Golden was a delicious and filling post hike meal. They even got me to try shawarma instead of the normal gyro!

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  • Bucksnort Saloon – Pine

    Bucksnort Saloon – Pine

    I don’t know why it took so long to finally make it to the Bucksnort Saloon in Pine. I finally did and it is full of history, fun and food!

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  • 3 Margarita’s – Conifer

    3 Margarita’s – Conifer

    3 Margarita’s Mexican restaurant in Conifer, Colorado started with great people and continued with a really delicious meal.

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  • Murphy’s Mountain Grill – Evergreen

    Murphy’s Mountain Grill – Evergreen

    Murphy’s Mountain Grill had the feel of a true mountain bar. The elk burger was excellent but I will have dreams about the milkshake.

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  • Parkside Cafe – Evergreen

    Parkside Cafe – Evergreen

    The Parkside Cafe in Evergreen had a take on Corned Beef hash I hadn’t seen before. All the elements were there just without the hash!

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  • Buffalo Rose – Golden

    Buffalo Rose – Golden

    The Buffalo Rose is known for good live music in downtown Golden and I stopped by an really enjoyed my weekend Brunch.

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  • Zoka’s – Pine

    Zoka’s – Pine

    After the Green Mountain hike in the Buffalo Creek Rec Area I was pretty hungry and thirsty. I had tried to go to Zoka’s one other time but got there way before they opened at noon and had to find a different spot. Today I pulled up just as they were opening and had a… Read…

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Lake County

Larimer County

Las Animas County

Mesa County

Montezuma County

Morgan County

Ouray County

  • Ouray Brewery

    Ouray Brewery

    Located in a small western Colorado mountain town that lends its name, the Ouray Brewery blends old in new with style and has some great food.

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Park County

Pueblo County

Routt County

San Miguel County

  • Steamies – Telluride

    Steamies – Telluride

    Steamies Burger Bar is a unique restaurant located in Telluride. The Burgers are steamed to help with flavor, health and the environment.

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Summit County

Teller County

Weld County

New Mexico


Santa Fe

Northern New Mexico



Middle Tennessee


Bryce Canyon


Park City

Salt Lake Area



South Dakota


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