If the thought of lounging on the beach makes your family feel restless, a summer mountain vacation might be more your style. From hiking and biking to lively local events, there’s fun and adventure at every turn in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Think about the activities that seem your family’s speed, and head to the mountain town that’s your ideal match. Here are some of the top Colorado summer vacation ideas for families to enjoy this August:
Watch Movies on the Mountain in Steamboat Springs
What’s more rewarding after a family hike than catching a movie right on the mountain? Each Saturday during the summer, Steamboat Springs will be hosting free movies at Gondola Square, serving up a side of family entertainment with those gorgeous mountain views. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase, so you just have to bring along some lawn chairs or blankets. During August, catch popular flicks like Despicable Me 3, A Wrinkle in Time, and The Goonies.
Tackle the Adventure Park in Vail this August
Vail’s number one summer activity, Epic Discovery, is the ultimate playground. Zip, fly, tour, or tube your way around Vail Mountain with tons of different activities based on your appetite for adrenaline. Kids and adults alike can bounce on the Bungee Trampoline, tube down the mountain, soar through the forest on the Mountain Coaster, or tackle one of the park’s Adventure Courses. Gondola rides, rock climbing, 4x4 tours, a wildlife discovery center and more make for a memorable Colorado summer adventure for the family.
Catch the Rodeo in Beaver Creek
Running Thursdays, June 21 – August 9, the 17th Annual Beaver Creek Rodeo Series features a full line-up of classic rodeo events and activities that everyone can enjoy on the family trip to Colorado this summer. Let the kiddos join in on events like chasing friendly calves and riding wooly sheep, or have your teenager try their hand at burro racing. If you just want to sit back and watch the action, there’s plenty to see from Saddle and Bareback Bronc Riding to Team Roping and Bull Riding.
An Adrenaline-Filled Summer in Aspen/Snowmass
If you’re traveling with teenagers, your group might be thirsting for some summer adrenaline. Head over to the Snowmass Bike Park, which features lift-served downhill biking trails that weave and descend down 2,893 feet. You can choose from more than 50 miles of mountain biking trails with various degrees of difficulty, making it a good spot for all ages. The area is also home to an organized and supervised paintball course open to groups or kids ages 8 and up.
Experience Nature and the Arts in Breckenridge
Looking for an unique Rocky Mountain summer vacation idea? Inspired by nature and mountain culture, the 10-day Breckenridge International Festival of Arts combines adventure, play and creativity. The event offers an eclectic mix of music, theater, film, visual and street arts, and family entertainment through performances, installations, exhibits, screenings, workshops and talks. The little ones will be astonished by works like Thomas Dambo’s sculpture of a giant amid the trees, while older kids will get a kick out of watching pro skateboarders live. For a really unique experience, join one of the festival’s Trail Mixes, which combines art, music, hiking and biking along the trails of Breckenridge through free outdoor concerts and installations, with pop-up performances along the way.
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