Home to the Rocky Mountains, Aspen, Vail, Telluride and the 300 days of sunshine a year city of Denver, Colorado’s one of America’s greatest outdoor adventures. Take the kids skiing here in winter and you have dozens of different resorts to choose from and several legendary names less than a two hour drive from Denver. Go in summer for wilderness camping in the Rockies, white water rafting on the Arkansas River and festivals all over amazing downtown Denver.
Four national parks: Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison.
Denver’s a mile above sea level, less than two hours from Rocky Mountain National Park and within easy travelling distance of several iconic ski resorts.
Denver’s LoDo is one of the largest downtown areas in the US.
Many of Colorado’s historic mining towns are now characterful family ski resorts. You’ll find some of the best ski schools in North America here.
Colorado is the state for road trips and home to Mount Evans, the highest paved highway in the U.S. at just over two and half miles.
Summer camping in Colorado’s national parks is well-managed and inexpensive (there are guided camps too). There isn’t a ski area without luxury residences, spacious lodges, family cabins and award-winning hotels. Resorts like Aspen are very expensive, but it’s the après-ski rather than the skiing which bumps up the price. Unless you’re determined to be on the slopes with celebrities, there are much more family-friendly areas which are better value with great snow, kids activities, historic charm and more easy going après-ski than you’ll ever need.
If you’re skiing in Colorado, take travelling times from Denver to the resorts into consideration. Copper Mountain and Winter Park are just over an hour from the city, but Telluride’s closer to six and driving’s the only option.
Aquarium in Denver’s famous LoDo is big, colorful and kids can eat in the restaurant surrounded by 150,000 gallon tank filled with tropical fish and “real” mermaids.
Sensational Daniel Libeskind building is a city icon, the collection’s internationally recognized and kids have free entry. Plus, they offer an innovative year-round activity calendar.
740 acres of open parkland with “Mile into the Wild” elevated walkways for an aerial view of 400 plus large carnivores roaming – pride of lions is worth a visit alone.
Three hours round trip on original 19th century steam train in and around the dramatic Rockies – crossing Devil’s Gate Bridge is better than any rollercoaster.
Family-friendly, personalized short breaks in the Rockies with professional guides. Includes everything from campfire cookouts to extreme outdoor adventure. Perfect for ages six and over.
Spend a day discovering your pioneer spirit at this historic ranch where anything from sheep shearing to traditional barn dances can happen – depending on when you visit.
Close as possible to amazing red sandstone crags and giant rock formations against the snow-capped Pike Peaks. Lots of outdoor activities (from gentle to extreme) for kids too.
A guided ski family ski expedition into the untamed Telluride backcountry is the kind of unforgettable experience you expected in big, beautiful Colorado.
Mountain bikes with hundreds of miles of snow packed wilderness trails – go it alone with kids or take a local guide.
Go sledding in the fabulous snowy Rockies with your own team of Siberian and Alaskan Huskies.
Unless you’re staying in one ski resort and sticking to the slopes, you need a car in Colorado. It’s an astonishing state to drive around and travelling is as much of an adventure as arriving. Bike rentals and public transportation are good to get around in cities and the resorts here pride themselves on superb lifts and gondolas summer and winter. The Telluride Gondola is known as one of the prettiest commutes in the US and it’s free.