It’s time to get grounded.
Explore life in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains on
a guided hike through some of the best trails Colorado has to offer.
It’s time to get grounded.
Explore life in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains on a guided hike with some of the best views Colorado has to offer.
Day Hikes, Summit Trips & Overnight Backpacking Trips
June – October 2023!
GUA operates under a Special Use Permit on PSICC National Forest.
“I had an absolutely incredible experience hiking a 14er with Shelby at Ground Up Adventures! Her expertise about the mountains was incredible and her enthusiasm for the mountain was infectious, making the trip both fun and educational. I couldn’t have asked for a better guide to share the fun and adventure of conquering a first 14er. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking an unforgettable hiking experience!”
– Alex M. (Colorado)
“Booking a hike with Ground Up Adventures was an incredible and rewarding experience. Coming from the East Coast, I wasn’t sure what to expect when it came to adventuring in Colorado and I wanted to get a better understanding of the mountain trails and how I could apply my previous skills in a new environment. Not only did Shelby provide a great overview of the differences and what to expect—I learned so much more than I expected and left the hike feeling much more confident in my abilities and was more comfortable challenging myself for future adventures on my own. Having a decent amount of hiking and backpacking exposure in the past, I certainly hesitated to book the hike at first but was ultimately thrilled with the experience and I definitely have some great memories to reflect back on. I’d absolutely recommended that anyone visiting, moving, or even living in the area should book a guided hike no matter what your skill level is—there is always something to learn and Shelby is a wealth of knowledge. When it comes to safety, preparedness, and park knowledge, I wouldn’t look anywhere else. I’ll definitely be looking to book more hikes in the near future.”
– Andrew A. (Colorado)
“I recently had the pleasure of booking a hike with Shelby in Rocky Mountain National Park on a short 5 mile trip. On this adventure we saw beautiful mountain lakes, rivers, and even a glacier. We also discussed local plants, wildlife, geography of the land, as well as essentials for hiking. She was super friendly, not only to me but to others on the trail as she was more than happy to assist those who were unsure about their location on the trail. This would have taken me days to organize and I would have not have had such an awesome experience. It definitely exceeded my expectations and the cost to value of my adventure was worth it! 10/10 recommend booking with Ground Up Adventures!”
– Matt S. (Arizona)
“I went on a guided hike with Shelby in Rocky Mountain National Park. Along with the fall colors, unmatched beauty of the park, and the challenge of the hike, Shelby was extremely knowledgeable and encouraging the whole way. From excellent communication as I reached out with questions before I booked through the day of the hike. Shelby offered multiple hikes to choose from and gave me enough information to make an informed decision. The entire experience from learning more about hiking, RMNP, solo-hiking, and Shelby’s enthusiasm throughout made it so worthwhile. I highly recommend booking Shelby and I’ll look forward to more adventures with her in the future.”
– Alicia S. (Colorado)
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I’m Shelby, a Professional Hiking Guide & Outdoor Educator in Buena Vista, Colorado. I have a passion for recreating safely in the outdoors, and love sharing that with others!
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I am currently scheduling guided hikes in the Collegiate Peaks of the Rocky Mountains for the 2023 spring-fall season. I would love to hike with you!
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