I agree completely with @Former community member to go where permits aren’t required.

Just a few ideas:

From the East Portal of Moffat Tunnel you can hike in to Forest Lakes, Arapaho Lakes, Crater Lakes or Heart Lake.  Beautiful area, lots of mosquitoes.

If you have 4x4, it’s a short road up to Chinns/Sherwin Lakes and backpack only 1/2 mile to Slater Lake.  From there you can dayhike to the Continental Divide and summit a few mountains on the ridge.  And there’s a great rock in the middle of the lake that’s great to lay out on whilst skinny-dipping.  Not that I’d know😉!

Brookside-McCurdy Trail in Lost Creek Wilderness.  Climb Bison Peak from base camp.

Any part of the Colorado Trail.

Further afield, Rich Creek or Tumble Creek in Buffalo Peaks Wilderness are really nice trails.

Surprise Lake on the Gore Range Trail.

Utah is beautiful, but hot in the summer.  I’d recommend the high country.

Have fun!

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