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Best Drives From Denver to Enjoy Fall Colors

With the abundance of aspen trees, Colorado provides a number of opportunities to see beautiful fall colors. However, Colorado weather is notoriously unpredictable, especially in between seasons, which makes it difficult to determine the optimal time to see colors. The higher the altitude, the earlier the colors change. While in other parts of the country, the most beautiful color changes happen in October, most of Colorado’s high country, especially the aspen trees, tend to change color in September. There are a number of places in the Denver metro area and foothills that people can go to experience autumn foliage, many of which make a nice drive from Denver or are located nearby at local parks and paths. Trail Ridge Road A drive unto itself regardless of the season, Trail Ridge Road is one of the best drives in Colorado regardless of when you drive it. The highway connects Estes Park to Grand Lake, and 11 of the 48 miles are above tree line. But before and after the crest of the drive, motorists will be …

Colorado Camping for Families

Camping in Colorado is one of the greatest pleasures about living in this state. Not only does it provide the opportunity to get out and enjoy nature, but it forces everyone to disconnect and take a break for the weekly monotony of to-do lists and chores. While there are a multitude of options for camping, when camping with kids, it’s wise to consider accessibility to bathrooms, proximity to towns and stores, as well as the amenities of the campground. The following are a list of “favorite” camping spots, though it is by no means an exclusive or exhaustive list. Turquoise lake Located outside of Leadville, roughly 2 hours from Denver, Turquoise Lake is a favorite among Coloradans. With 8 campgrounds and over 300 campsites, there are ample opportunities to find a spot to pitch your tent. The lake itself provides a beautiful backdrop, as well as opportunities for boating and fishing. There are a number of trails nearby for hikers, with both easy and difficult paths. Be sure to prepare for high altitude weather and …

Hiking Near Denver: Advanced

For parents with kids who are used to hiking and have a fair bit of experience, there are a number of great opportunities for hiking near Denver in the front range mountains to delight and challenge them. As kids move from adolescence into their teen years, they are better able to sustain their energy for a longer hike and manage the elevation changes that come alongside that challenge. The hikes listed below are not the best for those with young children or who are not skilled or experienced hikers themselves, and parents should ensure all members of the family are acclimated to Denver’s altitude and up to the challenge. Mt. Bierstadt: Denver’s Most Popular Fourteener For many Coloradans, summiting a fourteener is a right of passage to becoming a true Colorado resident. While Bierstadt isn’t necessarily the easiest fourteener to ascend, it is located close to Denver, roughly 12 miles outside of Georgetown, which makes it fairly accessible. The hike itself is only 7 miles round trip, but it is a difficult 7 miles with …

Must-See Scenery for Kids: 3 Spots South of Denver

Whenever visiting somewhere new, people tend to play tourist and see the sights iconic to that city. But when we move to a place, we are less likely to visit those same sights unless we have already done so or have visitors in town. While tourist spots are often underwhelming when seen in person, South of Denver near Colorado Springs, there are a number of natural wonders to wow your kids. Pikes Peak Cog Railway: On Top of the World Of course hiking a fourteener is on the bucket list of many Coloradans, but this accomplishment isn’t easy without kids and can be quite challenging with little legs in tow. Luckily, there are a number of options to get the view from the top without having to put in all the literal legwork. There are roads that go to the top of both Mt. Evans and Pikes Peak, but parents and kids alike will enjoy the experience of rolling up to the top of the mountain via the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The ride costs …

Summer Camps for Kids

Many adults have fond memories of attending sleep away camps in their youth. There they formed bonds with kids they had never met from a variety of places, immersed themselves in outdoor activities, and enjoyed some time away from mom and dad. For those lucky enough to live in Colorado, there are a number of camp options available in Denver’s Rocky Mountain backyard. Camps range in age level and specialties, but ultimately there is a camp out there to meet the needs of every camper and his or her parents. Girl Scouts of Colorado Overnight Camps If your daughter is a Girl Scout or you are looking for a camp for just girls, the Girl Scouts of Colorado offer two excellent overnight camps within a few hours of Denver, running between 3-12 days each. Tomahawk Ranch is situated just outside of Bailey, Colorado. Campers here have access to running water and showers, and typically sleep in cots or bunk beds housed within lodges, seasonal shelters or platform tents. Campers at Tomahawk participate in a variety …

Hiking Near Denver: Intermediate

For families with older children, taking a longer or more strenuous hike is not only an option, but a welcome adventure to the kids. Parents are no longer held to strict schedules for nap times, which means they can drive a bit further to trailheads, and older kids can both walk unassisted and carry their own weight up the trail. While kids can be likewise wowed by beautiful vistas, it is good for parents to select a trail that offers additional characteristics to help maintain their interest and motivation. Dinosaur Ridge Trail Perhaps one of the easiest trails on the list, Dinosaur Ridge Trail is a great option for parents looking to introduce their dinosaur enthused kids to hiking. The trail itself is relatively short as well; it will only take hikers roughly 1-2 hours to complete the 2 mile trail. But there is a lot to look at and explore along the way. Kids can awe at geologic features and also see real dinosaur tracks while they walk, which is sure to get them …

Hiking Near Denver for Beginners

Hiking Near Denver: Beginners

One of the greatest attributes in Denver is the nearby access to the mountains and the abundance of trails available within a short drive. Exploring trails in the Denver metro area is a great way to keep the family active and to get kids interested in the natural world around them. While Colorado may be known for its longer, steeper high altitude hikes, there are a myriad of shorter hikes near Denver that are an appropriate length and difficulty for families of all ages. High Line Canal The High Line Canal is the closest and most accessible Denver area hike. The path starts in Waterton Canyon and zigzags its way across the Denver metro area ending in Aurora. The total distance is just over 48 miles long, but there are multiple points of accessibility, making it possible to do a quick out and back, depending on the needs and abilities of all members. The path itself is a dirt path that is relatively flat and shady, making it possible to use a jogging stroller or …