Kids & Family Activities

Creating a Lifetime of Memories

Simply put, Estes Park caters to families. In the village, in Rocky Mountain National Park and in the grand spaces in between, opportunities abound for moms and dads, sons and daughters, grandmothers and grandfathers to do things together. It could be something as modest as sharing an ice cream cone or as monumental as catching a first fish. A mix of man-made amusements-slides, zip lines, miniature golf, go karts and more-complements natural fun-wildlife, mountains, lakes and forests, ensuring everyone finds something of interest to share.

In a place as scenic as Estes Park, it makes sense that families enjoy each other outdoors. And they can be as active as they like. Hikes, short and long, show off the area, including Longs Peak, Lake Estes and Twin Owls. Strings of horseback riders wend along dirt trails through Roosevelt National Forest. Youngsters giggle with delight while bicycling around Lake Estes, perhaps racing cousins or even parents. Go on a treasure hunting adventure finding local geocahes. On a scenic drive, families might play a game of eye spy, peering into open green meadows for a glimpse of wildlife (often elk) while sharing stories and admiring the surrounding towering peaks. Even a simple picnic in one of the village parks makes a great way to bring families together.

Indoors, too, families make memories together. Dressing up in vintage western wear, they pose for portraits. Or, they might visit one of the area museums to get acquainted with regional art, history and the land. Even while shopping, families gather to watch glass-blowing demonstrations. For a more active outing, they might try rock climbing inside at one of the highest rock-climbing gyms in northern Colorado. The gym welcomes people who have never before tried climbing as well as veterans who have been doing it for years.

Whether inside or out, Estes Park endures as a destination where families try new things, spend quality time together and ultimately create memories.

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