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Day trips from Beaver Creek

post #1 of 13
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We're heading out to Colorado on Friday for our first family vacation out there. Unfortunately, it's not during ski season, but it's a start. We'll be staying at Beaver Creek for several days. Anyone have any suggestions for some day trips? Preferably less than a 2 hour drive, preferably N, S, or West of Beaver Creek. I realize that's a bit of a broad question! We're going to be spending a few days in Rocky Mountain National Park afterwards as well. Kids range from 6 to 17.
post #2 of 13
Towards Aspen go to Glenwood Springs and take a dip in that smelly (not too bad) sulphur pool. And Adventure Park in Vail.
post #3 of 13
Try these places:

-Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs.
-Take a scenic drive to Leadville (there are some great short hikes by Leadville too)
-If you go through Denver to RMNP stop at Dinosaur Ridge and see the fossilized Dinosaur footprints. Right across the road is Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It is open to the public most days and is really cool. I have a picture of me and my dog out on stage.
-Six Flags in Denver is a great kid place and they have a water park.
-There is a gold mine tour in Idaho Springs.
-Drive to the Summit of Guanella Pass.

Have fun....
post #4 of 13
- Drive over Loveland Pass (US-6) instead of through the Eisenhower Tunnel on the way to/from Beaver Creek. Walk up the eastern ridge at the pass for some spectacular views.
- Walk around Maroon Lake in the Maroon Bells near Aspen.
- Hanging Lake is a nice destination as mentioned.
post #5 of 13

for the Kids

Breckenridge has a great Fun Park with an All day pass!
Unlimited use of the park - all ages will like it.
see link: http://breckenridge.snow.com/info/summer/ea.peak8.asp
The town is worth visiting too.

post #6 of 13
Rifle Falls State Park. Small but interesting caves and stuff. This was one of the only places I remembered from a Colorado trip when I was eight.

Colorado National Monument, near Grand Junction. Rimrock and sandstone towers.

I'll also go along with the suggestion of Hanging Lake. One-mile easy hike to a gorgeous lake with waterfalls.

How much effort are you willing to expend while you're touring? At the upper end, you could hike up a fourteener like Bierstadt (from Guanella Pass); with enough water, food, raingear and patience it's within the range of a six-year-old. Great bragging rights for when you go home. Start early and watch the weather.
post #7 of 13
Breck is definitely a nice, albeit somewhat touristy, town. Boreas Pass Road at the southern end of town provides awesome views of the Tenmile Range (even though it's unpaved, it should be very easily passable by regular cars). Quandary Peak is also one of the easier 14'ers, about 10 miles south of Breck -- about 6.5 miles roundtrip.

As mentioned, if you don't mind the drive, Colorado Natl Monument is very nice too.
post #8 of 13
OK, here's another one: drive up Mount Evans. Paved road and the easiest fourteener climb of all (60' vertical parking lot to summit).
post #9 of 13
At Glenwood Springs there are also the caverns: http://www.glenwoodcaverns.com/
post #10 of 13
Strawberry Park Hot Springs, Steamboat.

Don't forget to check out the Villar Center shows in Beaver Creek and the Vail Ford Amphitheatre shows. These are top notch venues. Also, Club 8150 in Vail has a great music scene. Not sure if that meets your families needs ...but worth mentioning.
post #11 of 13
Drive up to Redstone and Marble. We really like walking around Redstone, then driving up and hiking around the old marble mine. I've heard that it may have re-openned since we were last up there, so there may be even more interesting things there, now.

When Terry and I first moved to Colorado, we'd spend our anniversary week in Aspen each year, then drive back through Glenwood, on the way always visiting these two picturesque places. Highly recommended. Been awhile (since our oldest was born in 1994).
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the suggestions! We're leaving tomorrow morning at 6:30 AM. I'll try to post (maybe with pictures) once we're out there.
post #13 of 13
Please do! I'd love to see some pics...
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