Looking for some fun getaways in Colorado this Summer that won’t break that bank? You’ve come to the right place. We may not snow ski here in the summer but there are still many things to do in the mountain areas and if you’re not a skier you might think that the mountains are that much more beautiful in the middle of the summer.
The most famous attraction in Glenwood Springs is the Hot Springs. The big pool is a whopping 450 feet long and 100 feet long at its widest point and contains over 1 million gallons of water. It’s kept around 90 degrees at all times, and you can play in the pool, float on a raft, and swim laps, slide on the slides, and many other things. The therapy pool is 100 feet long, has over 90,000 gallons of water and is kept at 104 degrees. It’s like a huge hot tub. The heated water comes from the Yampah spring on the property that pumps out 3,500,000 gallons of water a day that is naturally heated so much sometimes it needs to be cooled. In the summer on a week day, an all-day ticket is $21.50 for adults, and you can come and go throughout the day. Kids are $13.50. On the weekends it’s $23.25 and $14.25.
Glenwood Springs also has the only mountaintop theme park in the US in the Glenwood Caverns. It includes a roller coaster, a giant swing, a zip ride, laser tag, movie theater and more. They also have cave tours and a tram you can ride to the top. An all inclusive day long pass is $54 for adults and children are $49.
The Hanging Lake Trail hike is one of the most scenic stops in Colorado. It has restrooms, picnic tables, water fountains and vending machines but there are no dogs allowed. No fishing or swimming either. You’re not even allowed to touch the water so they can keep the ecosystem as natural as possible. It’s a 2.5-mile round trip hike, and there’s no fee, but if the parking lot is full, you can’t park – you have to wait until there’s a spot available.
One of the more famous attractions in Estes Park is the Stanley Hotel featured in Stephen King’s The Shining. The hotel, long believed to be haunted, business was suffering in the 1970s until Stephen King stayed the night and turned it into his first best seller. Once paranormal investigation and ghost hunting became popular the hotel became an attraction and continues now. You can stay in the hotel or just tour it at night and hunt your own ghosts.
Try the Estes Park Aerial Tramway that operates from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for children. The tram travels to Prospect Mountain where you can stay the entire day if you want where there’s a gift shop, coffee shop, picnic areas and hiking.
If you’re in Colorado, of course, you have to visit at least one of the local micro breweries. The Rock Cut Brewing Company in Estes where they feature 12 different beers all brewed right there where guests of all ages are welcome including dogs on the patio. They have family friendly games, snacks, food trucks and you can bring your own picnic if you’d like.
Love trains? The Georgetown Loop Railroad runs from April 30th to December 30th each year, and the train ride itself is about 75 minutes long with a variety of seating options. Tickets range from $25.95 to $35.95 for adults and $18.95 to $27.95 for children for just the train ride, but you can add on three different types of mine tours where you travel hundreds of feet into the mountain if you want for an additional fee.
The Georgetown Lake is a gorgeous spot for fishing for Trout, Browns, Rainbow and Brooks. You’ll need to buy a fishing license is you’re over 16. You can also put non-motorized boats, inner tubes, and rafts on the lake.
If you’re a history buff, you’ll enjoy seeing several of the museums that Georgetown has. They’re small, but they’re authentic including Hamill House and Alpine Hose #2.
Telluride biking is a goto destination for biking enthusiasts, and the trails go through basins and old mining roads above the box canyon. There are also old railroad tracks that mountain bikers can ride over. Gondola rides are free and can help you get where you need to go outfitted with bike racks of course. Road biking is also popular along the San Juan Skyway.
This is Colorado so of course there’s a brewery in Telluride – the Telluride Brewing Company is open six days a week. The founders met at a bar and started talking about how to make great beer and opening their own brewery. They started working on the brewery in 2011, and it opened a year later. They’ve experienced four different expansions and have won awards all over the place.
The Mountain Film Film Festival is held every year on Memorial Day Weekend and this year’s theme is The New Normal. Tickets range from $75 to $5000.