Family Vacation Ideas
Parents, grandparents, and kids activities - there's lots to do and activities for everyone during a Colorado family vacation in Estes Park.
Before you come, learn more about Rocky Mountain National Park by watching The Living Dream - a movie available in DVD & Blue Ray. Ordering info.
In the Park, Rocky Mountain National Park rangers and naturalists conduct numerous summer and year round programs for children and families. Popular programs include:
- campfire talks
- ranger-led daytime and full moon hikes
- programs and videos at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center
- ranger talks and Tuesday Discovery Days at the Fall River Visitor Center (beginning in June)
- the Junior Ranger program
- naturalist talks
In the wintertime, there's an evening program at headquarters every Saturday and guided snowshoe treks on weekends. Little kids will enjoy the outdoor ice skating rink in downtown Estes Park.
Get this great guidebook, Outdoor Family Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park for lots of ideas and specifics on hikes and walks, picnic sites, fishing holes, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and river rafting. Click the title above or the cover image at right to buy it online from Barnes and Noble.
The walkway around Lake Estes is accessible for all ages all year round. It is paved, level, and easy to navigate by foot, wheelchair, or bicycle. In fall, you'll probably see elk enjoying the grass!
There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. Shorter trails with little gain in altitude are particularly suited for families with younger children and hikes with kids.
The surprise of finding a wild native in your yard or along the roadside is a special treat for all ages. This can happen any time of the year, but spring, fall, and winter are easiest times for spotting wildlife. Elk, deer, and bighorn sheep are the most numerous. Don't worry, bear and mountain lions are rarely seen.
Imagine the excitement of reeling in a trout and taking it home for supper! A mountain fresh trout is the ultimate taste treat. There are countless public lakeshore and riverbank fishing areas in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. A fishing license is required for those 16 and older. Licenses aren't required at the popular private summertime trout ponds — pay by the inch for the fish you catch — and a good catch is a sure thing! This is a great kids activity!
What could be more fun on a warm, inviting afternoon than a family picnic. Pack your own basket, or stop at a local deli, restaurant, or store and have them prepare one for you. Picnic areas abound in Rocky Mountain National Park, Roosevelt National Forest, and on the south shore of Lake Estes.
Estes Park stables have well-trained horses and experienced wranglers to take your family on a trail ride in the Park or Forest during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Pony rides around the corral are a thrill for the youngest children.
Choose an easy float trip for younger children or a whitewater run for older adventurers. Either way, it's a wonderful, memorable time together on the water!
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You have never seen a Y like this! YMCA of the Rockies is the best place to stay & play with your family! With activities for every age from 2 to 92, you are sure to find something to do! Many of our activities are free for guests staying in one of our cabins or lodge rooms. Come explore our YMCA with a day pass that offers access to many of our activities. Call our Program Dept. for current prices and day pass information. 970-586-3341 ext 1104. YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center Details
Our full, pro-line fly shop and outdoor adventure company offers guided fly fishing, day hikes, Longs Peak trips, backpacking, horseback/fly fishing, and llama pack trips for you, your family, and friends, as well as snow shoeing trips in winter. We are Family Owned and Operated.
Leave the fast lane, cross our covered bridge to simple serenity in a cozy cottage, suite, room or vacation home in towering pines along Fall River. Fish our well-stocked river. Roam 30 acres adjoining RMNP. Bask in hot tub bubbles. Enjoy a wood-burning fireplace, a convenient kitchen, our playground, the river's lullaby, wandering wildlife and friendly gatherings in our library. Castle Mountain Lodge on Fall River Details
Jellystone Park of Estes offers a unique camping/cabin experience with daily planned activities from Jun 15-Aug 15. Keep the whole family occupied with mini-golf, two playgrounds, game room, karaoke, dances, movie nights, theme weekends, basketball court, campfires, heated swimming pool, and more! Make your reservations early! Jellystone Park of Estes Details
Live it up with your family and friends with 90 minutes of thrills in our aerial adventure park - filled with rope bridges, tightropes, and swinging logs to climb around 10-21 feet above ground!