Family Travel

Check-out oodles of adventures in Colorado including where to find the best family travel getaways & Denver kid friendly activities.

Explore Denver’s 16 Mountain Parks this summer

Sure, you know Denver has some great mountains but did you know Denver has official mountain parks that offer unlimited fun for families? Denver Mountain Parks offer unlimited explorations in our area mountains!  Be sure to scroll down for even more tips on hiking with kids near Denver and don’t miss Denver hikes the whole family will love and Best Easy Day Hikes Denver.  Bergen Park Bergen Park is one of Denver’s smaller mountain parks at 25 acres. With open grasslands and a mature Ponderosa pine forest, Bergen Park has been a popular picnic spot since 1917 when a striking stone shelter was built in the center of the park. The regional Jefferson County Pioneer Trail runs along the western edge of the park, with other parks and recreation areas nearby. 30 miles from downtow...

Top 15 Family Fun Activities in Palisade, Colorado

Known as Colorado’s fruit and wine country, Palisade is home to more than 30 local Colorado wineries that boast award-winning vintages, tasting rooms, outdoor patios and incredibly scenic views of Mount Garfield and the Grand Mesa — the world’s largest flat-top mountain. Sheltered by its surrounding landscape, the town often remains sunny and warm even when other parts of the state are pummeled with snow and wind. It’s a unique climate ideal for growing grapes and famous peaches, as well as year-round vacationing. Fun Things to Do in Palisade Peaches. Plan a sweet family summer vacation where you stroll u-pick orchards, plucking fresh peaches, apricots and more straight from the trees. Each August, the town celebrates the harvest from its 500,000 pe...

Colorado’s best family hikes with views within an hour of Denver

There’s no better way to explore our backyard than on foot!  Denver offers numerous hiking trails with stunning views, ranging from easy to challenging and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites with the best views. Be sure to scroll down for even more tips on hiking with kids near Denver and don’t miss Denver hikes the whole family will love and Best Easy Day Hikes Denver.  1. Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre Distance: Varies (many short trails) Difficulty: Easy to moderate Highlights: Iconic red rock formations, panoramic views of Denver, and the amphitheater itself. 2. Mount Falcon Park Distance: 11 miles of trails (various loops and out-and-back options) Difficulty: Easy to difficult Highlights: Views of downtown Denver, the Front Range, and the ruins of the ...

Favorite travel hacks & tips for smarter trips

Your Mile High Mamas recently took a much-needed break. To relax and refresh with family and friends. We have done a fair bit of traveling in the past few weeks. Ever your resource, we would like to pass along five of our favorite travel hacks. 1.     Don’t put all your “eggs’ in one basket. Pack a few of your items in other people’s luggage. My daughter lost her luggage on a flight from Denver to Paris. She was without her bags for three days. While Paris may not be the worst city to have to shop in for a few new outfits – it really can wreck a holiday budget. (Think about having to buy all those essentials. So the next time we go on a trip, she will pack at least one outfit and few of the ‘essentials’ in my bag – and I in hers.   2.   ...

Houseboat Lake Powell +what does it look like underwater?

What does Lake Powell look like underwater?  Now, you can find out at the Denver Botanic Gardens! The resilience and beauty of Utah’s Glen Canyon ecosystem are presented through large-scale photographs in Elliot Ross: Geography of Hope. Dammed and flooded in 1963 to create Lake Powell, the desert walls of Glen Canyon have recently emerged from the water after two decades of drought in the American West. The reappearance of this vast canyon system and the ensuing ecological resurgence serve as both a stark reminder of climate change and a testament to nature’s resilience. The exhibition is on view from June 28 – September 29 and is included with Gardens’ admission. More than 20 photographs are displayed along with artist journals offering insight into Ross’ photographic prac...

Family Travel: Summer Olympic Passport to Fun Program in Colorado

To celebrate the upcoming Summer Olympic Games Paris 2024, YMCA of the Rockies has created a Summer Olympics Passport to Fun Program. Both properties (Estes Park and Snow Mountain Ranch) offer a robust list of activities included with a stay – many of which are also Olympic sports – so guests can try their hand at a number of sports they will see during the Paris games. From June 15 – August 15, guests can pick up an Olympic passport from the Programs Building, travel around each property and collect stamps for all of the Olympic-themed activities, including archery, basketball, climbing, (mini-)golf, table tennis, swimming, tennis, volleyball, roller skating and more. Insider tip: Guests can challenge themselves by navigating the brand-new Aerial Challenge Co...

Eldorado Canyon: Swim, hike and climb this summer

Eldorado Canyon State Park is a stunning destination for outdoor enthusiasts, particularly rock climbers. Situated southwest of Boulder, it’s renowned for its rugged beauty, towering sandstone cliffs, and the meandering South Boulder Creek.  This day-use park offers technical rock climbing, stream-side picnic areas and trails with panoramic vistas, all encompassed in a magnificent canyon. Note: A timed vehicle-entry reservation system will be in place May 15–Sept. 15. Don’t miss Summer in Boulder: Top 25 fun activities for families.  Here are some of our favorite things to do in Eldorado Canyon State Park.  Eldorado Canyon State Park Family Fun Rock Climb. Rock climbers flock to Eldorado Canyon State Park for its world-class climbing routes, ranging from beg...

Featured museum: Center for Colorado Women’s History – Denver

Strong women (and men) unite! The Center for Colorado Women’s History is a history museum that focuses on the bold stories, memories, and experiences of women of Colorado. Located in the heart of Denver, The Center offers bold exhibits, personalized tours, and special events year-round. Take a stroll through the museum on a 45-minute guided tour, or stop by for a quick visit to the gift shop and gardens.  The Center is located within an Italianate style historic home built in 1883, and restored to the 1912-1924 period. Guests who choose to tour the museum will find themselves surrounded by domestic objects and art of a bygone era. See keepsakes and mementos from the past, while hearing remarkable stories of Colorado’s women pioneers. Learners of all ages are welcome to participate. In...

Top 30 Family Fun Activities in Boulder this Summer

You don’t have to go far to experience world-class entertainment and outdoor fun with kids.  Don’t miss these fantastic ideas for kid-centric activities and attractions in Boulder, Colorado this summer.  Looking for more Colorado fun? Be sure to check out Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs: Getaways, Outdoor Recreation Bites and Brews and scroll down for our summer activity guide with 200+ Denver activities. Top Family Activities in Boulder Hike, eat or catch a concert at Colorado Chautauqua.  Check out the pop-jet fountain and animal sculptures on Pearl Street.  Grab a kite at Into the Wind. Walk, run or bike the paved Boulder Creek Path.  Valmont Bike Park. 42 acres of terrain park for family fun Pick up ...

Top 8 reasons to Visit Pagosa Springs this summer

When was the last time you visited Pagosa Springs, Colorado in southwestern Colorado with your family? This fantastic destination is known for its natural hot springs, stunning scenery, and outdoor recreational opportunities. Whether you’re into hiking, biking or just relaxing in hot springs, Pagosa Springs has something for everyone in the summertime. If you’re looking to delve a bit deeper in your explorations, check out Hiking Trails of Southwestern Colorado.  Top 8 Reasons to Visit Pagosa Springs Hot Springs. Play hard. Relax harder. Start your visit by soaking in the famous hot springs. The Springs Resort and Spa is a popular spot with over 20 pools of varying temperatures overlooking the San Juan River. It’s a perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring. Oth...

NEW! See the world’s longest track of dinosaur footprints hidden in Colorado

The U.S. Forest Service recently purchased several parcels of land from the Charles family in Ouray that contains 134 fossilized dinosaur footprints, the longest continuous trackway in the world. The family used to hike through the area without knowing the true identity of the oddly shaped craters, which collected water that their dogs would gleefully drink. The pothole-like indentations make a continuous trail, several hundred feet long, created by a single long-necked sauropod dinosaur that died millions of years ago. Also, don’t miss our guide for finding dinosaurs in Colorado–from ancient fossils to museums.  Dinosaur Details The dinosaur trackway is located at 9,300 feet in elevation and is etched in sandstone layers that are over 150 million years old. The ...

Celebrate the Palisade Peach Festival with orchard tours, ice cream socials & more!

Who doesn’t love Palisade Peaches? This year, a century-old celebration is back with Peach Days! Nestled in the heart of Grand Valley, Colorado, Palisade is an agricultural haven filled with blossoming orchards, lavender fields and acres of vineyards. The Palisade Peach Festival is a 10-day celebration of the best peaches in the world! See below for the full schedule of events; check back often as events are added. Palisade Peach Festival 2024 Thursday, August 8 Downtown Palisade Ice Cream Social 5:30 pm Guns & Hoses Tug of War 6 pm Street Dance 6:30 pm All Thursday Events Hosted by The Town of Palisade Saturday, August 10 Just Peachy 5K Run 8:30 am Peach Days Parade 9 am Classic Car Show 10 am – 2 pm Orchard Tours 10 am – 5 pm Sunday, August 11 Town of Palisade Farmers Mark...