Summer is full of family time and sometimes you need a break from family time in the same four walls. It’s time for an adventure which makes this the perfect time to evaluate last year’s list and make plans for your 2019 Colorado bucket list. We’ve made our own to inspire you to create one that is sure to thrill each member of your family.
Full of geological formations, rock climbing, trails, and breathtaking views, Garden of the Gods is a must see. It’s located at the base of Pike Peak in Colorado Springs and is a designated National Natural Landmark. The visitor center provides great information about the history and geography of the park so be sure to stop in before you explore.
Any concert junkie knows very well how amazing this destination is. Not only do they bring in some of the greatest concerts in the area, but it’s also a great place to hike and bike. In fact, it’s one of the hottest spots for mountain biking around. There is almost always something to do so bring your dog, your yoga mat, or your toughest pair of hiking shoes.
This 64-mile day trip is for everyone. You’ll experience steep mountain canyons, deserts, and meadows as you experience all the Colorado-New Mexico border has to offer. Ride in coach or upgrade to the deluxe parlor car but you’ll enjoy the buffet lunch during the ride in either car. Sit back and appreciate the array of scenery through the windows of an old fashioned heritage railroad train.
23,000 acres of canyons, plateaus, and towering boulders expand throughout this National Monument. You can even see eagles and bighorn sheep exploring Rim Rock Drive but be sure to drive slowly and safely. And make sure you check for alerts or notification of closed trails or dangerous conditions for driving.
Take the kids to Mesa Verde for a fun, educational, and active vacation. Mesa Verde is a stunning national park and World Heritage site and is home to the ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings. Inhabited by nomadic tribes since 7500 BC, Mesa Verde is a must see for all Colorado natives. Be sure to stop by Cliff Palace to learn about the Native Americans who created “Green Table,” which is Mesa Verde in Spanish.
What better way to see the tops of mountains and the great expanse of Glenwood than in a six-passenger cabin gondola. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is wholesome fun to spend an entire day with family and friends. Their new gondola cuts the mountain trip time by five minutes so you have a few extra to spend in the park with your favorite people. The Lookout Grille restaurant is a great spot to lay low for a few minutes and gear up for more fun after you fuel up.
Another National Natural Landmark on our list is the must-visit Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs. It’s a steep and rocky one-mile hike to this glorious picturesque destination. Thankfully there are plenty of places to take a break and the handrails help keep you headed in the right direction. Hanging Lake is one of the “best and largest examples of a hanging garden plant community” with crystal clear waters that exhibit the untouched ecosystem beneath.
This natural spring has been preserved to allow visitors the opportunity to bask in the elements around them. Strawberry Park offers areas for picnicking, hiking, biking, and nature’s mineral springs when it’s time to unwind. They even have private massage huts and private pools for watsu therapy and campsites nearby if you’re looking to stay for the night after an exciting and relaxing outing. Visitors highly recommend going during the day and stay to watch dusk settle in.
Crested Butte is a wonderful local ski resort with different types of runs for all levels of skiers. The extreme runs are groomed well to be fast and fun. And in the summer months, they offer just as much excitement with disc golf, archery, biking, hiking, and more. They even have the occasional festival like the Wildflower Festival that celebrates the preservation and appreciation of Colorado wildflowers with plenty of activities for the whole family.
You can’t have a bucket list without whitewater rafting. The rafting experts at American Adventure Expeditions are passionate about sharing their love for rafting with everyone by providing a fun, exciting, and safe adventure. They offer several different rafting adventures to best suit your familiarity with rafting and your desire for adventure. Rafting is the perfect way to get out of your comfort zone and experience something daring and delightfully fun.
Visiting the Grand Canyon should be on every American’s bucket list. And what an amazing way to experience the vast expanse than from the sky. There are dozens of companies that offer helicopter tours but we know when you put your life in someone else’s hands, you have to trust them fully. Mustang Helicopters is one of several knowledgeable and safety-conscious companies who focus on providing the best customer experience possible in the newest and most advanced fleet of helicopters.
Every child loves the zoo and every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or friend should experience the joy and wonder of taking a child to the zoo. There is so much to experience at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo including their Mountaineer Sky Ride which is a chairlift-style, open air-ride that provides unobstructed and glorious views of the entire zoo, Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs, and some of the Eastern Plains.
Every adventure on our list pairs perfectly with Rugged Van Rentals‘ mission for safe, fun, and explorative adventure. Take up to 14 passengers with you in your Rugged Van Rental and experience just a fraction of what Colorado has to offer. There is no better way to adventure than in your Rugged Van Rental.