Fresh, unpolluted air, long days spent outside with beautiful scenery, wildlife and adventure — there’s not much to dislike about summer holidays in the mountains. Ski resort prices tumble during the summer months, locals become even more welcoming and there are adventures galore to be had on foot, by bike or on the rivers that tumble through the majestic peaks. To help you plan your adventure holiday, we've compiled a portfolio of the best mountain destinations so that you can enjoy a myriad of family activities this summer.
The Wild West is the ultimate destination for any adventurous family with teenagers during the summer. The old mining towns scattered around the state (Steamboat, Telluride, Crested Butte, Ouray to name a few) make a superb base for families keen to have some high-altitude fun. Colorado is also the true home of the dude ranch — even if your kids can’t ride, Western style is easy to pick up for the whole family and learning to lasso, rope a cow and herd cows on horseback is immense fun. The Rocky Mountains also offer endless watery possibilities; from stand-up paddle boarding and white-water rafting to fishing on the many crystal-clear lakes and rivers that tumble through the peaks.
Start in Denver with an all-America baseball, basketball or American Football match. Go canyoning in Ouray – children over 12 can rappel, jump, swim, scramble and slide through canyons at Angel Creek. Become a cowboy — C Lazy U Guest Ranch offers luxury camping and ranching experiences for the whole family, with cattle-pushing clinics, ranger tours and riding. Or go zip-lining at Colorado Springs. The Broadmoor, a family-friendly resort, has three zip lines and two suspension bridges offering a bird’s eye view of the South Cheyenne Canyon below.