It seems like just yesterday summer started and we are already finding ourselves almost into August, which means summer vacation will be coming to a close soon for all the kids in your life. With that being said, it may be time to pack up the family one last time and head out for a last minute summer adventure in our beautiful state of Colorado. You don’t need to feel pressured to have some big, fancy vacation planned. There are plenty of great places close to Denver that will not take long to get to and will be fun for the whole family while not breaking the bank. I know my wife Brigette and I love to take our daughter Reegan on quick weekend getaways because before we know it she will be at an age that will be harder and harder to do and we want to make the most of the summers when she is young and we can find the time to get away as a family.
Here is a list I have compiled of some great spots to take your family to for a fun filled weekend in Colorado:
Glenwood Springs – Hot Spring Pool: I know with this hot weather the last thing on your mind might be hot springs but I can tell you even in the summer these pools feel amazing. Glenwood is the largest hot springs in the world and is open to children of any age. A quick 2.5 hour drive from Denver, this is a perfect spot to take the family for a relaxing last minute trip.
Royal Gorge Bridge: If you are looking to take one heck of a train ride through a canyon created over the course of 3 million years by the force of the Arkansas River, this is the place to go. Besides riding through the Gorge, you can walk across one of the highest suspension bridges in the world. It can be a bit windy on the walk but well worth it!
Great Sand Dunes National Park: That’s right, here in Colorado we have a stunningly beautiful Sand Dune park where you can go hike, sled and even swim in the summer. There is a lake that forms for only the summer months and dries up every August but it is a quite the sight to see.
Rocky Mountain National Park: This national park is not one to disappoint with copious amounts of hikes and activities to keep the family busy for more than a weekend. With some of the most beautiful views in the state, this is a great place to take the family for camping and all the outdoor activities.
Making memories is priceless, so make sure to end this summer with your family on a high note and take one last adventure throughout Colorado.