6 Most Epic Colorado Adventure Parks
Tubing Hill at Frisco Adventure Park. Frisco, Colorado. Photo Credit: Todd Powell, courtesy of Town of Frisco.
It’s not hard to find outdoor adventure in the Centennial State, but these Colorado adventure parks allow the whole family the opportunity for an adrenaline rush and the opportunity to try all kinds of outdoor adventure recreation. From high ropes courses to climbing walls and disc golf courses, from amusement park rides to hiking, biking, tubing, and more, these adventure parks make it easy to play in any season.
1. Frisco Adventure Park
Frisco Adventure Park is the ultimate spot for family fun during any season. Get outside in the winter and enjoy multi-lane tubing and learning how to alpine ski on the beginner ski and ride hill. The park also features the Frisco Nordic Center, with 27k of ski trails, 20k of snowshoes trails, lessons, rentals, and ski tuning all week long. Run around in the Tumble Bubbles or relax during one of the Two Below Zero Sleigh Rides.
During the summer, the park transforms into the perfect spot for warm weather fun. There’s a free bike and skate park, and a ball and multi-purpose field. The Frisco Adventure Park is also located on the stunning Frisco Peninsula, with sweeping views of surrounding peaks and Lake Dillon. If you’re planning on spending a night or two in the area, there’s plenty of scenic camping less than 10 minutes from the Adventure Park along the shores of Lake Dillon at the Peak One Campground and Pine Cove Campground. You can also enjoy free disc golf, camping, hiking, and biking on the Peninsula. If you’re in the mood for something truly special, Two Below Zero also offers chuck wagon rides in summer. Guests take a horse-drawn wagon ride to a campsite for a homemade BBQ dinner and outdoor games. The highlight of the night is a high-energy Wild West Show, complete with roping and more. Sticking around for the summer? Sign your kids up for one of the many youth summer programs and camps.
2. Colorado Adventure Park
The Colorado Adventure Park hosts Grand County’s fastest and largest tubing hill. The Winter Park tubing hill is known for its safety and pitch. The park also offers Snow Coots (Polaris 129 snowbikes) for kids shorter than five feet and lighter than 90 pounds to drive around on a groomed track.
3. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Glenwood Springs, CO
Glenwood Springs is home to America’s only mountain-top theme park. Located on top of Iron Mountain with views of Glenwood Canyon, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is open year-round. Guests can spend a full day enjoying cave tours and experiencing the thrill rides, including an alpine coaster, a 4D-Ride Theater, and the Glenwood Canyon Flyer. The Haunted Mine Drop inside Iron Mountain was named #1 Best New Attraction by USA TODAY.
4. Open Air Adventure Park
Estes Park, CO
Open Air Adventure Park opens in May and features 32 challenges on an 840-foot course. A rope bridge, aerial tightropes, swinging log step, and moving platforms are among the obstacles guests encounter suspended 10 to 21 feet above the ground.
5. Browns Canyon Adventure Park
Buena Vista, CO
The Browns Canyon Adventure Park, located along the Arkansas River with views of Browns Canyon National Monument, incorporates both team and individual obstacles and zip-lines with courses and two adrenaline challenges. Guests can pick between beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses, and push their limits on 66 different challenges. For those looking for a full day, the park offers rafting and Mount Princeton Hot Springs soaking packages.
6. Lawson Adventure Park
The Lawson Adventure Park boasts several different challenges. Choose between riding a mechanical bull, rolling around in ZORBs (giant hamster balls), playing disc golf, a Via Ferrata and Rappel, bouncing on a bungy trampoline, or the eight-element obstacle course suspended 36-feet in the air.