Family Resorts in Colorado

by Joe Fletcher

A destination known for its mountains, wilderness and ski culture, Colorado is home to many resorts that provide a diverse selection of activities that will keep even the largest families busy. While the state is best known for its ski resorts, there also are other types of family resorts throughout Colorado.

Seasons

Colorado is a four-season destination that experiences an average of 300 days of sunshine each year, so there's almost always a good chance to catch some nice weather. Ski season typically runs from late-November to April, when the mountains are cold and snow-covered. During summer, activities like hiking, rafting, mountain biking and climbing help to anchor travel in the state.

Family-Oriented Ski Resorts

The Colorado Rockies are home to more than two dozen ski resorts, many of which are ranked among the best resorts in the country for families. Voted "#1 for Family Programs" by "Ski" magazine readers in 2009, Steamboat, a resort in Steamboat Springs, combines a kids vacation center and kids-only terrain and lifts with deals like "Kids Ski Free" and family season passes. Other Colorado ski resorts that offer renowned family programs include Snowmass, an Aspen-area resort where you'll find The Treehouse Kids Adventure Center, and Beaver Creek near Avon where days on the slopes end with apres-ski chocolate chip cookies.

Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge

Glenwood Springs is a destination in the heart of the Rockies that has a long list of activities for the entire family, not least of which are the namesake hot springs accessible from the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge. The lodge gives your family free, direct access to the two-block-long hot springs pool with water slides as well as a spa and fully equipped fitness center. There is even miniature golf. While in Glenwood, your family can enjoy the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, which includes activities like a caverns tour, tram rides, alpine coaster, a canyon swing and laser tag.

Aspen Lodge Ranch Resort and Conference Center

A destination for the quintessential Colorado experience, Aspen Lodge bills itself as the "largest free-standing log structure in the Colorado." The resort is on 82 acres of forested land in Estes Park, the gateway town to Rocky Mountain National Park. There are a wide range of activities offered through the property's recreation center, including on-premise fishing and boating, guided hiking and mountain biking, snowshoeing and traditional sports like tennis, indoor and outdoor basketball, and sand volleyball. Amenities include a sauna, outdoor pool and fitness room.

About the Author

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.