6 Must-Do Colorado Family Adventures Before Summer Ends
Stand-Up Paddleboarding on Grand Lake in Grand Lake Colorado. Presented by Rocky Mountain SUP
It’s that time of year again: The days are getting shorter, and the new school year is fast approaching. But before the kids head back, you still have time to get in one more big adventure. Whether your family enjoys city excursions, high alpine adventures, or exploring new landscapes, we’ve put together a few of our favorite Colorado family adventures that are sure to get everyone excited about one last getaway before the fall season. Presented by Rocky Mountain SUP.
1. Stand Up Paddleboard on Grand Lake — Grand Lake, Colorado
You’re guaranteed unbeatable views when you go stand up paddleboarding on Grand Lake in Grand Lake, Colorado. With Grand Lake only two hours from Denver, this picturesque mountain town makes for the perfect day trip or weekend getaway. If your family is new to paddleboarding, if you need to rent equipment, or are looking for an expert guide, head to Rocky Mountain SUP situated at the edge of Grand Lake. Rocky Mountain SUP offers beginner lessons with certified ACA (American Canoe Association) instructors, rentals with access to Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Lake, and tours with knowledgeable guides. For the best paddleboarding experience, schedule your rentals and lessons for the morning to beat the afternoon wind and thunderstorms typical in August. Note that Rocky Mountain SUP also hosts weekly SUP Yoga classes, reservations required. Click here for more info!
2. Hike and Camp at Great Sand Dunes National Park — San Luis Valley, Colorado
Get in your first turns of the season by renting a sandboard to cruise the dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Cool off in the creek at the base of the dunes, and camp out for an unforgettable night under the stars.
3. Explore Rocky Mountain National Park — Estes Park, Colorado
There is no better place to spend a summer day than in Rocky Mountain National Park. The activities are endless as families can enjoy hiking, fishing, swimming, camping, and many more summer activities within the park. Take a scenic drive along the famous Trail Ridge Road or opt for a hike to Dream Lake for a short, but beautiful family hike.
4. Hike Dinosaur Ridge — Morrison, Colorado
The self-guided hike along Dinosaur Ridge Trail features hundreds of dinosaur tracks along with the site of the world’s first discovered Stegosaurus. After a fun family hike, make sure to experience the Trek Through Time indoor exhibit.
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5. Get a Thrill at Elitch Gardens — Denver, Colorado
Beat the August heat with a fun day in the city at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park. The park offers both water park and amusement park rides of all levels of thrill. Check out the park’s newest attraction, the Star Flyer. This 17-story ride spins riders at high speed—expect your adrenaline to start flowing and great views of Denver to boot.
6. Ride the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad — Durango, Colorado
The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad offers one of the truly unique experiences that Colorado has to offer to families. The historic train has continually operated since 1882 and offers a 3.5 hour train ride into the old mining town of Silverton.