Colorado is a great place to have a family vacation. From fun-filled ski trips to summer getaways, there are a number of great spots that are perfect for kids and families alike. Experience the beauty of Colorado with your family when you visit one of these best family vacation spots in Colorado.
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This list kicks off with one of the best family vacation spots in the state – Estes Park. Estes Park is home to one of the best national parks in the country, Rocky Mountain National Park. Both kids and adults will enjoy the outdoor recreation opportunities found year round in Rocky Mountain, from hiking in the summer to snowshoeing in the winter. However, Estes Park offers more to families than just the national park. From ziplining to horseback riding, there are a lot of outdoor activities to enjoy here. Choose to stay at YMCA of the Rockies to take advantage of the number of kid activities offered there.
Colorado Springs, one of Colorado’s biggest cities, is only an hour and a half from Denver. With attractions like Pike’s Peak, Garden of the Gods, and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the kids will have plenty of fun when you choose a family vacation here. Nearby Canon City is also a great spot to explore as a family. The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is an amusement park high above the Royal Gorge. Cave of the Winds Mountain Park in Manitou Springs is another family-friendly attraction near Colorado Springs. There are endless opportunities for families when vacationing in Colorado Springs.
One of the top family-friendly attractions in the state is Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs. Families will enjoy this amusement park in the mountains that features an alpine coaster, cave tours, and other thrilling rides and games. Glenwood Springs is also home to one of the most beautiful yet popular hiking spots in the state, Hanging Lake. After a hike up to Hanging Lake, you and the family will love soaking in the natural hot springs in town at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool or Iron Mountain Hot Springs.
There is a reason why families continually flock to the picturesque city of Breckenridge every winter. This charming Colorado mountain town is perfect for a family ski vacation. Kids will enjoy a day at ski school, while adults can take advantage of Breckenridge Ski Resort, a world-renowned skiing oasis. However, Breckenridge isn’t just a great family vacation during the winter months. Families also head to Breckenridge during the summer to hike, mountain bike and enjoy fun attractions like Epic Discovery.
Crested Butte is a Colorado ski town that is a great spot for a family vacation no matter if you’re traveling here during the summer or winter season. The ski resort in Crested Butte caters to all skill levels, as well as offers groomed trails for Nordic skiing. Even if the weather turns bad during your vacation, take the kids to Trailhead Children’s Museum for indoor fun. Crested Butte isn’t just known for its skiing; it’s also known as the Wildflower Capital of Colorado once summer hits. The entire family will love a scenic summer hike surrounded by Colorado wildflowers.
Aspen (as well as Snowmass) is a mecca for skiing families, as the area is home to four mountains to ski. When you aren’t shredding the slopes, attractions like the Aspen Art Museum and the Ice Age Discovery Center offer educational fun. Even if you aren’t a skier, activities like snowmobiling, snowshoeing and tubing offer outdoor fun without skis or snowboards.
This Front Range city is a great spot to visit for families with older kids. If you’re visiting during the summer, window shop along Pearl Street Mall or hike the Flatirons. The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the Boulder Farmers Market are also fun attractions to fill your day in Boulder. If you’re heading to Boulder during the fall, root for the Buffs at a CU Boulder football game.
This gorgeous mountain town makes for a great family vacation spot in Colorado. Vail has been known as one of the top skiing destinations in the state for decades. Therefore you’ll definitely want to take advantage of this ski town by getting the whole family out on the slopes. If you’ve grown tired of the slopes, visit kid-friendly attractions in Vail like Imagination Station or Adventure Ridge.
Mesa Verde National Park
Take the family to one of Colorado’s lesser-known national parks, Mesa Verde National Park. This unique park features 600 cliff dwellings and thousands of archeological sites from the Pueblo people who lived here hundreds of years ago. The park has a Junior Ranger program perfect for the kiddos. For a budget-friendly trip, choose to stay at the campground here.