Colorado Vacation Ideas

Colorado Vacation Ideas #1: In Durango you can ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad along the spectacular Animas River Canyon in the wilderness of San Juan National Forest. The train is a coal burning, steam-powered locomotive. It runs rails just like it did when transporting the settlers, cowboys and miners who tamed and developed the old west.
Pike's Peak Cog Railway
Colorado Vacation Ideas #2: Take a ride on world's highest cog railway, Pike's Peak Cog Railway, as it scrambles up to the 14,110-foot summit of Pike's Peak.

It's an exciting climb with plenty to see including Minnehaha Falls, wildlife such as bighorn sheep, yellow-bellied marmots, and mule deer, and incredible panoramic views of the famous Colorado mountains.


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#3: The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has something for everyone. The Imax Theater and planetarium are always popular. They have a Mars exploration Rover on display.

The Discovery Zone will show the kids how to become a scientist. Other permanent exhibits include Egyptian mummies, rare birds, North American Indian Cultures, Gems and Minerals and much more.


#4: How about a Dude Ranch vacation? The Black Mountain Ranch, between Vail and Steamboat Springs, is a full-service working guest and cattle ranch. Horseback riding, cattle drives, overnight pack trips, fishing, and rafting are just some of the adventures that await you. They have a special Little Wrangler Program designed just for the kids.
Colorado Vacation Ideas #5: South Park City, Colorado is a remarkable restoration of a late 1800's era mining boomtown. It's located in Fairplay and has thirty-four authentic buildings filled with over 60,000 artifacts. There's a museum, railroad depot, schoolhouse, gallows frame, blacksmith's shop, barber shop, dentist's office and much more. Walk down the streets and you will feel like you are back in the old west a hundred and fifty years ago.
#6: Gold mine - Go deep underground in a tour of the Old Hundred gold mine in Silverton. See how the gold is taken by actual operating mining equipment in a real mine setting. Try your hand panning for real silver and gold in the sluice box. There is always something in there and you get to keep what you find.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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#7 Steamboat Springs, Colorado - My husband and I went on a three day trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado last winter and it was amazing. Neither of us are big skiers and don’t like big crowds, so we decided to find alternate activities in the area. We found some gorgeous trails on top of Rabbit Ears pass to go snow shoeing on.

There were miles and miles of trail, but also some shorter loops. We did a five mile trail the first day and a four mile trail the second day. The whole time we were on the trail we saw about three people. It was very isolated and the trails were free.

In the evenings we went to Strawberry Springs, a very natural hot springs a little way from the city. There were multiple pools of varying heat. All the pools were fed with natural spring water. The grounds of the pools were made of rock, giving it a very authentic feel.

After dark there is no artificial lighting, so the view of the stars was amazing. It did make the trip back to the car tricky. Overall, it was a great trip and we would definitely go back. There is so much to do there besides skiing; we didn’t even have a chance to try everything out. - Chris from CO


#8: Rock Gardens Rafting in Glenwood Springs, Colorado can take you on an open air Jeep Tour of Glenwood Canyon and the Colorado River around Glenwood Springs. Besides the beautiful scenery there is plenty of opportunity to see elk, deer, bighorn sheep, wild turkey, black bear, and the even the bald eagle. Learn about the wildlife and local history from the friendly guides.
Colorado Vacation Ideas #9: Mount Elbert - One of the top popular hiking spots in Colorado is Mount Elbert. In fact it's the highest peak in the state, beating out Pike's Peak. It's an eight mile climb which can be done in a day by even novice hikers but you need to start early. There is a traditional main route that is 12 miles round trip and a more gradual ascent.

You will get to experience some spectacular views. Mount Massive is one of the highest peaks in the state. Then there's the whole Arkansas River valley. It's quite spectacular and you will get some excellent photographs. Mount Elbert is a great Colorado vacation idea for anyone who wants some mild adventure in the great U.S. outdoors.


#10: One of my most memorable vacations was when I was 8 years old, my family took a drip to the The Great Sand Dunes National Park, in Mosca Colorado. It was a lot of fun trying to beat my brothers up the massive hills of sand, not to mention the fact that it wore us all out! Once you got to a suitable height, you could "ski" down the hill!

At the base of the dunes a river, Medano Creek, runs through the sand, making a great place for kids to play. You can re-rout the river make small puddles and just get dirty! There is also a variety of plants and animals to be seen in the park as well as ranger guided tours, as well as interactive exhibits.

We went late spring, and it was hot, so sunscreen and lots of water is a must! While we were there we learned about the Great Sand Dunes Tiger Beetle and other insects which can only be found here in this area. Something that I never forgot! Certainly one of my favorite places, I've been to, and am looking forward to bringing my son! - By Stephanie from CO

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