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A Colorado Family Vacation
Colorado Businesses Specializing in a
Family Vacation


Ah, the Colorado Family Vacation. When you're planning a family vacation, you're usually trying to accommodate three or more people. Besides the kids, a family vacation may include the dog, Grandma, cousin Billy and uncle Fred. It may be a challenge to keep everyone satisfied. It's not hard to find things that three or more people like to do in Colorado and destinations that accommodate families of all sizes. The overwhelming majority of Colorado vacation businesses are family owned and operated. They're excited you chose to visit or stay with them and they'll do their best to accommodate you the way they'd like to be accommodated.

There's an unlimited number of options available for you to choose from when it comes to planning Colorado Family Vacation. We've put some summer vacation ideas below.

Snowmass was selected by visitors to as North America's most family-friendly resort. Those who voted wrote things like: "Snowmass has a great mountain, lodging and restaurants. The whole package for an awesome vacation."; "I loved the terrain offered at Snowmass. I was amazed to find, after half a week without snow that parts of Headwall and Willy's still had powder on them."
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Click here and see the how the YMCA's Snow Mountain Ranch is a ton of family fun below.
Colorado Family
Vacation Activities

Businesses Specializing in Colorado Family Vacations can be listed here. Contact

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
4218 County Road 3A
Couples sheck out the Magic of Christian Augustine, the Plaza Theater, Pavilion Shows from individuals to groups and animated characters and from Bluegrass to Rock & Roll Gazebo Shows featuring a rotating series of live daily family entertainment.

Mountain Resorts (Steamboat)
888-672-6938 | 970-879-0517
Choose from 20 resort properties surrounding the Steamboat Ski Area from affordable to indulgent.

YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch
Winter Park & Estes Park

Snow Mountain Ranch is Colorado's Outdoor Playground!

Snowmass Hospitality


From premier ski-in, ski-out luxury condominiums to budget minded lodging, Snowmass Hospitality delivers the perfect vacation experience to our guests.

Estes Park Condos
Luxury Accommodations with Outstanding Value
Free Snowshoes, XCountry or Downhill Skis and Sleds!

Glenwood Canyon
Zipline Adventures

888-4 ZIP-FUN
Our zipline consists of a set of cables stretching over 350 feet between towers across the Colorado River. Once you're geared up in a climbing harness, helmet and gloves, you'll climb the launch tower, clip into a double wheel pulley and step off! The force of gravity will zip you down the cable, high above the river, to the landing platform on the other side. A zip back across the canyon on a second set of cables completes the exciting round-trip zip.

Review: Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA Combines
Affordable Lodging & Mecca of On-Site Activities

by Carri Wilbanks at

Mega affordable lodging at the YMCA's Snow Mountain Ranch is just the start of big time draws. It's an entertainment mecca, ideal for enjoying outdoor activities and adventures in any season. The family-friendly ranch keeps prices affordable with a variety of lodging options, from cabins that sleep up to 12 ($139 to $349/night) to yurts ($89/night) and rooms in one of their lodges ($79 to $159/night).

Whether you're traveling with the kids, getting away with your girlfriends or organizing a family reunion, you won't find yourself twiddling your thumbs. Without driving off property, you will find activities for any season that keep fun a focus. Snow Mountain Ranch is about a 15 miles from Winter Park and 80 miles from Denver.

Plentiful trails draw hikers from around the world to Snow Mountain Ranch. One of the most popular hikes is the Waterfall Hike, which is about three miles round trip starting at Snow Mountain Ranch. This hike is ideal for families as it's not too hard for small children to complete. Follow along a bubbling stream until you reach the "waterfall loop." About 20 feet high, the falls gush water and kids can even climb to the top for a great photo opp.

Another hike, or as some see it, a mini-pilgrimage, takes guests to God's Mailbox. Installed by a past chaplain of Snow Mountain Ranch, it's a real mailbox where people can leave their letters and wishes. You can find it affixed to a tree overlooking Resolution Point, about 1.5 miles uphill from the Nine Mile Mountain trailhead.

Winter sport beginners will love snowshoeing at the ranch, where they can rent snowshoes and take on trails that accommodate every level from newbie to advanced. Additional unique winter activities taking place at the resort and through over 130 miles of trails:

  • Dog sledding with a team of huskies is offered a couple mornings a week after an introductory presentation.
  • Sledding and tubing, classic winter fun for kids on Snow Mountain Ranch's hill
  • Ice skating on property's very own pavilion, located near the Nordic Center (free rentals available)
  • Skiing & Snowboarding at the close by Winter Park and Ski Granby Ranch resorts (rentals available at Snow Mountain Ranch)
  • Sleigh Rides from Sombrero Stables are available during the winter.
  • Cross-country skiing is offered at the Nordic Center, with lessons from experienced instructors available for first-timers
  • Scenic snowmobile rides (guided and unguided) through 130 miles of trails.
When the season flips to summer:
  • White water rafting, available for easy half-day trips or more vigorous full day excursions
  • Mountain biking, with options for all levels (and "trikes" are even offered for the kids)
  • Horseback riding at Sombrero Stables, including guided trail rides, breakfast rides, lunch rides, dinner rides and hay rides
  • Zip lining, choose from a "family-friendly" line that's not too high or a high zip line for daredevils
  • Hiking, running and walking is ideal for independent explorers. Discover beautiful wildflowers, stunning peaks, striking waterfalls and dazzling lakes.
  • Canoeing at the Gaylord Reservoir
  • Trout fishing
  • Sporting games, including tennis, sand volleyball, basketball, archery, horseshoes, miniature golf and more at Snow Mountain Ranch
If the weather isn't great during your stay or you need some time out of the sun, check out indoor activities. Inside the craft shop you can find do everything from pottery painting to jewelry making. Inside the Kiva Center you will find rock climbing, roller skating and archery. Keep in mind that some of the activities are geared more toward kids than adults, and that some of the more popular activities can fill up quickly. Contact the property before your stay or let them know when you check in what you're interested in doing so you can make sure to reserve your spot.

Ready to start your outdoor adventure in the Rockies? Snow Mountain Ranch is the perfect place to go for an affordable, fun-filled vacation.

Snow Mountain Ranch offers an amazing variety of activities perfect for enjoying the great outdoors with friends, or introducing your family to a new adventure. Whether you're reliving your childhood days at summer camp or just getting the family together for some good old fresh air, there's truly something for everyone here.

Carri's Catch: Coming this summer, Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA will open a summer tubing hill. Which is extremely cool because it's only the third one in the nation. The experience will be free for guests staying on the property. For non-guests, the cost will be $15/hour plus the cost of a day pass (currently $15 per person). All kids 5 and under are free. YMCA members won't need to purchase a day pass - they will just pay for the tubing hill.
Snow Mountain Ranch to Open Summer Tubing Hill

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