Your guide to Colorado travel with kids
When you hear "Colorado vacation," you probably think almost immediately of skiing. With such popular sites as Aspen and Telluride, Colorado has certainly earned a reputation for great skiing, but there's far more to this Rocky Mountain state.
As perfect as Colorado is for skiing in the winter, it's such as perfect for hiking, biking, fishing, and canoeing, kayaking, or rafting in the summer. And nothing beats the striking beauty of the multicolored mountains in the fall.
If you're looking for a getaway that will allow your family to reconnect with nature as well as each other, you're probably looking for a Colorado family vacation.
Popular Colorado Family Travel Destinations
Aspen and Telluride are perfect destinations for skiing in winter, but they're also charming the rest of the year. With shops, museums, galleries, restaurants, and breathtaking vistas, either of these cities would make for a lovely family vacation, winter, spring, summer, or fall.
Other popular destinations for Colorado travel with kids include:
- Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (the nation's only mountain zoo)
- Denver Botanic Gardens
- Royal Gorge Bridge
- Cave of the Winds
- Rio Grande Scenic Railroad (historic steam engine rail tours)
- Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park (rated one of top 3 dinosaur museums in the nation)
- Tarryall River Ranch
- the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Denver
- the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster
Of course, these are just a few of the many options. Check Colorado's tourism site for more details about the types of trips available and the many attractions and destinations.
Where to Stay on Your Colorado Family Vacation
Colorado has many resorts and hotels to stay at, as well as campgrounds, cabins, bed and breakfasts, and rental homes. Several family ski resorts are open year-round, becoming great bases for hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, boating, and white-water rafting when the snow has melted. Other locations, such as Glenwood Springs, are most popular in the summer months.
For a taste of all that Colorado has to offer, consider booking a Colorado vacation package, which includes accommodation, airfare (if applicable), some meals, and admission to a variety of attractions and events. These are usually put together by the board of tourism or local businesspeople in the travel industry, so they're a great introduction to Colorado from the folks who know it best.