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10 of the best family getaways in Colorado

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Family friendly vacations are all about the kids. Whether you’re looking for an educational outing or a heart-pounding adventure, Colorado has a lot to offer kids looking for some fun. Come on, parents, tap into your inner child and enjoy the ride!
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Sand Dunes

#10. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Sled (or snowboard!) down the dunes or splash around in Medano Creek, take part in free ranger programming or take a horseback ride along one of the scenic trails. Don’t forget to join the Junior Ranger Program!

Bryan Oller


#9. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Have you ever fed a giraffe or helped train a raven or walked through a backyard that makes you feel as small as a mouse? At Cheyenne Mountain Zoo you can do all of these things and more for an entertaining and educational interactive experience.

The Gazette

Outdoors-Off-Season Ski Resorts

#8. Breckenridge

Snow sports in the winter leads to summer fun on the slopes with adventure tours, ziplines, and biking trails. Scope out Country Boy Mine, take the kids whitewater rafting, or stop in for the Breckenridge Music Festival.

Aaron Dodds, The Gazette

mesa verde

#7. Mesa Verde National Park

A long time ago in a park not far away lived the Ancestral Pueblo people. The cliff dwellings are a marvel to behold and the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum teaches guests of all ages about the historical significance of the park and the people who once inhabited the area.

Jerilee Bennett


#6. Rocky Mountain National Park

If you’ve never been, it’s time to go to Rocky Mountain National Park where the beauty is only exceeded by the amount of fun you can have. Take a hike, grab a kayak, or even take a class. Kids ages 5-12 can even join the Junior Ranger Program!

Mark Reis

North Pole

#5. North Pole

No, not that North Pole, though you’ll get the gist with this homage to Kris Kringle that will have you celebrating Christmas all summer long. Enjoy the Christmas-inspired rides, shop or take in a show, and be sure to visit Santa’s House. Who knew Santa vacationed in Colorado?


#4. Georgetown Loop Railroad

You don’t have to be a fan of trains to find fun in Georgetown. The Georgetown Loop Railroad allows guests to ride a steam engine between Devil’s Gate Depot and Silver Plume Depot, but there’s so much more to the adventure. Tour a mine to learn about the mining process and even take a turn panning for gold!

Stacie Scott, The Gazette

Elitch Gardens

#3. Elitch Gardens

Thrill seekers look no further than Elitch Gardens where you can split time between the theme park and the water park. Thrill rides, family rides, and even kiddie rides mean every member of the family can find some fun at this awesome attraction in downtown Denver.

Glenwood Springs

#2. Glenwood Springs

There’s more to Glenwood Springs than mineral hot springs, but make time for the hot springs for a treat the whole family can enjoy. For the adventurous types, try out the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park or take the impressive mile-long hike to Hanging Lake. Scope out the cultural and historical sites (definitely walk Doc Holliday Trail to the famous Linwood Cemetery) and try out a guided tour via horse or Segway.


Great Wolf Lodge

#1. Great Wolf Lodge

As if Colorado Springs didn’t have enough to offer, Great Wolf Lodge is the perfect kid friendly vacation with family friendly fun. Though they’re known for their waterpark, Great Wolf Lodge also offers an adventure park, mini golf, a climbing wall, and a kid spa.