Family weekend getaways in Colorado are great fun and there are plenty of attractions and activities to keep kids and adults of all ages entertained. Whether you love exploring the great outdoors or prefer to experience the heritage and culture of your destination, Colorado family vacations have lots to offer.
Make the most of family vacations in Colorado
Colorado is home to both bustling cities and wide open spaces, including four national parks. The Rocky Mountain National Park, not far from Denver, offers a combination of mountains (including several over 14,000 feet in height) rivers and lakes, many of which offer boating and white water rafting. The Mesa Grande National Park is very different, taking visitors back in time 1500 years to see what remains of the homes of the first settlers in the area's shelters carved into the cliff face which you can still access by ladder.
If you prefer to spend your family vacation in Colorado sitting back and watching the scenery roll by, there are lots of choices when it comes to scenic railroads for visitors. The Royal Gorge takes you along the Arkansas River, while the Cog Railway in Colorado Springs pulls passengers all the way to the top of the 14,000 ft Pike's Peak. The Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden is a great place to learn about the importance of the railroad in this region before or after you take your journey.
While most people take their family vacations in Colorado during the summer, this area is also popular with winter sports enthusiasts, and resorts like Aspen and Vail are a great choice for families. Even in the summer months, you can use the cable car networks to enjoy the scenic views from the top of the mountains. You can also take horseback rides through the Rockies in the warmer months and Vail is home to the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum.