Start Your Trek: 10 Best Hiking Retailers in Colorado

By Madison Dragna

Start Your Trek: 10 Best Hiking Retailers in Colorado

Colorado is a haven for hikers. When the weather is warm, just about everyone gets outdoors to hit the trails and mountains. Thus, there are numerous awesome retailers to find all of the hiking and outdoor gear you’ll need. Not only will you find hiking gear at these retailers, but also the proper equipment for climbing, biking, and more. Here are our favorites in the state.  

1. Jax Mercantile Co., Multiple locations

Jax Mercantile is a popular local chain where hikers regularly shop to find the latest gear as well as great prices on top-notch hiking brands. With stores located in the Front Range of Colorado, Jax is a go-to retailer for day hikers and backpackers alike living and visiting the area. 

2. Wilderness Exchange Unlimited, Denver, CO

Hikers will find both new and used gear at this Mile High hiking retailer. Wilderness Exchange Unlimited sells gear for any type of budget. This gear shop is also a consignment store, so you can sell your gently-used hiking gear or trade it in for something new. 

3. Bentgate Mountaineering, Golden, CO

Experienced and friendly staff is what hikers will find at Bentgate Mountaineering. This outdoor retailer in Golden carries specialty and local brands. This family-owned business strives to equip each outdoor enthusiast that walks through the door with the right gear for their next adventure. 

4. Estes Park Mountain Shop, Estes Park, CO

Before hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, get the right gear at Estes Park Mountain Shop. This specialty outdoor retailer, which is the largest outdoor retailer in Estes Park, has been serving hikers since 1986. If you’re only visiting the area for a short time, this shop also offers gear to rent. 

5. Neptune Mountaineering, Boulder, CO

This ski and climb shop in Boulder is also a great place to go to find hiking gear. Neptune Mountaineering has everything a hiker needs to summit a 14,000-foot mountain or to complete a weeklong backpacking trip. Among the stock found here are technical apparel for men and women, backpacks in various sizes and both hiking and trail running shoes and boots. 

6. Feral Mountain Co., Denver, CO

Operated by outdoor enthusiasts, Feral Mountain Co. is a boutique outdoor retailer found in the Mile High City. The knowledgeable staff here will listen to your needs and find you the best gear to complete your outdoor adventure. 

7. Ute Mountaineer, Aspen, CO

For those hiking in or near Aspen, Ute Mountaineer will have all the gear you need. From outdoor clothing to technical equipment like trekking poles and hiking boots, your mountain hike is sure to go right with gear from this family-owned hiking retailer. 

8. Durango Outdoor Exchange, Durango, CO

Hikers on a budget will enjoy shopping at Durango Outdoor Exchange. This consignment shop equips hikers hoping to have a great hike in the San Juan Mountains. Sell your used gear or find quality used gear and apparel at Durango Outdoor Exchange. 

9. Gearage Outdoor Sports, Fort Collins, CO

The Gearage is another used gear store that provides hikers with a variety of top-notch brands for a fraction of the price. Hikers here typically leave happy, since purchasing used gear is both environmentally-friendly and budget-friendly. This Fort Collins gear retailer also has a variety of new gear found on the shelves here too. 

10. Wilderness Sports, Dillon, CO

Test out the gear before you buy it by renting out a variety of gear brands at Wilderness Sports. Both high-quality hiking equipment and clothing can be found here. This locally-owned and operated store is one of the best places to stop for gear before hiking near and around Dillon. 

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