This post is a shout out to all of our local Coloradans… With spring break now upon us, if you haven’t already booked a trip you might be thinking that you will now be forced to crawl the walls in misery with your children. But the beauty of living in Colorado is that we have so many amazing options all within a short drive. We’ve put together a quick-hit list of some local adventures that are not only sure to pass the time, but will also remind you of just how lucky we are to live in this great state!
- Royal Gorge Bridge & Park – This area suffered catastrophic fire damage during the summer of 2013. However, starting March 15th, 2014, just in time for Spring Break, they are offering discounted weekend tours. If you can only take off for a couple of days, this might be the perfect opportunity to check out the Royal Gorge. If you have any daredevils in the family, be sure to try the Skycoaster.
- Sand Dunes – These huge expanses of sand provide hours of entertainment for the whole family. The spring can have varied weather, but on a good day, bring the beach gear and hang out while the kids play in Medano Creek. Sandboarding and sledding are a blast!
- Colorado Gators Reptile Park Alligators in Colorado? Yes! Up close and personal, you’ll get to see gators like you’ve never seen them before. You can even get your photo holding a cute little baby gator.
- UFO Watchtower – If alligators aren’t enough, check out the UFO watchtower. Aliens have landed.
- Sand Dunes Swimming Pool – Hot springs, anyone?
- Mesa Verde National Park – About an hour and a half from Durango is Mesa Verde. Climb down wood ladders to kivas and walk around Spruce Tree House.
- Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train – This round trip ride will take up the better part of a day, but it is well worth it.
- Brew Pubs – Durango is well known for its many brew pubs. Even if you have children, you can make time to taste a few unique brews in the evening.
- Trimble Hot Springs – Hot springs, anyone?
- Box Canyon – This series of metal walkways through the canyon is out of this world, and it’s easy enough for the whole family to tackle.
- Cascade Falls – A great, natural hike for the whole family.
- Red Mountain Pass – The drive to Ouray from the south takes you over Red Mountain Pass, showcasing some of the most incredible views in the state.
- Hot Springs – Hot springs, anyone?
- Glenwood Hot Springs – Hot springs, anyone?
- Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park – Ride a gondola to the top, then ride the alpine coaster over and over again. Take the cave tour and try not to get stuck in the speleobox. Plus, experience 4D movies and laser tag. Plan to spend most of the day up here.
- Hotel Glenwood Springs – We love this hotel. It’s right next to the gondola and they have an indoor pool with a slide for the kids. They offer discounts to the hot springs and to the Caverns.
If you can’t pick just one place, go from hot spring to hot spring and make it a circle trip.