5 Family Friendly Attractions in Colorado

The old and the new, the rustic and the sophisticated, the wild and the refined—all of these experiences exist practically side by side in Colorado, amid what is arguably the most breathtaking mountain scenery in America. This and the many fun attractions in the area make Colorado the perfect family friendly destination. Just book one of the many Colorado Vacation Rentals and you are ready to go.

So let's see some of my absolute favorite Colorado attractions, that you can enjoy whether you are 5 or 95.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

On the lower slopes of Cheyenne Mountain, at 6,800 feet above sea level, this medium-size zoological park is my top choice for a family outing. The zoo’s 800+ animals, many in 'natural' environments, include wolves, lions, leopards, red pandas, elephants, hippos, monkeys, giraffes, reptiles, snakes, and lots of birds.

Rocky cliffs have been created for the mountain goats; there’s a pebbled beach for penguins and a new animal contact area for children.

The zoo is home to more than 30 endangered species, including the Siberian tiger, Amur leopard, and black-footed ferret. The zoo’s giraffe herd is the largest and most prolific captive herd in the world; there have been about 200 live births since the 1950s. Visitors can actually feed the animals themselves, which can be quite fun.

Cave of the Winds

Discovered by two boys on a church outing in the 1880s, this impressive underground cavern has offered public tours for well over a century.

The cave provides a good opportunity to see the beauty of the underworld. The 45-minute Discovery Tour takes visitors along a well-lit 3/4-mile passageway through 20 subterranean chambers, complete with classic stalagmites, stalactites, crystal flowers, and limestone canopies.

In the Adventure Room, modern lighting techniques return visitors to an era when spelunking was done by candle and lantern.

The one hour Lantern Tour follows unpaved and unlighted passageways and corridors. This tour is rather strenuous, with some stopping required in areas with low ceilings; it might muddy your shoes, but not your clothes. Kids, especially like the outdoor laser shows, with stereophonic sound presented nightly during the summer at 9pm.

Crested Butte

A delightful little gem of a town, Crested Butte is a year-round destination resort, with wonderful skiing in winter, and hiking, mountain biking, and other outdoor recreational activities in warmer weather.

In fact, Crested Butte has the best mountain biking in the state and boasts some of the most colorful displays of wildflowers you’ll see anywhere.

Don’t miss the four-week long Crested Butte Music Festival and the Wildflower Festival where you’ll swear you climbed onto a Monet canvas of mad, extravagant colors. 

Riding an 1880s Narrow Gauge Steam Train

The Durango & Silverton heritage railroad follows the Animas River from Durango up through the San Juan Mountains to historic Silverton.

The scenery is stupendous over both lines, and each fulfills every train buff’s greatest dream of smoke in your eyes and cinders in your hair.

The route was originally opened back in 1882 to transport silver and gold ore mined from the San Juan Mountains. Nowadays, however, it is a tourist and heritage line hauling passengers through a series of gorgeous views.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

A thrilling adventure park built on top of the mountain, Glenwood Caverns in Glenwood Springs can be so much fun!

From the top of the Iron Mountain, take an adrenaline infused ride in the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster, the highest in North America. Then explore the caves, and swing in the Giant Canyon Swing over Glenwood Springs.

Take in the breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountain scenery from the Iron Mountain Tramway. And go on an exciting ride on the newly re-engineered Soaring Eagle Zip Ride.

Find your adventure and just have fun!

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