Children's Activities in Colorado

Children's Activities in Colorado
Colorado is great for everyone who likes to play outside, big kids and little kids alike. In 2009, the state introduced the "Kids' Outdoor Bill of Rights," which outlines all the things a person should do in Colorado before he grows up, from sleeping under the stars to visiting a working ranch. Here are camping, hiking and gear outfitters that will let you do just that.

YMCA of the Rockies

Perched at the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park is quite possibly America's most impressive YMCA. This sprawling compound of log cabins, open meadows and recreation facilities has a sweeping view of the continental divide, a children's summer day camp and year-round family recreation activities.

Estes Park Center
YMCA of the Rockies
2515 Tunnel Road
Estes Park, CO 80517

Three Mile Creek Trail

In about six miles of trail in the Mount Evans Wilderness, you can ford streams, romp through wildflowers, pass through a forest and emerge onto tundra. If you park a car at either end, it makes a doable day trip. Alternately, bring your bedroll and stove and turn it into a long weekend's backpacking trip.

USDA Forest Service
Pike & San Isabel National Forests
2840 Kachina Drive
Pueblo, CO 81008

Sundance Trail Ranch

Where some dude ranches cater to adults only, Sundance specializes in family vacations, and only accepts seven families at a go. Some activities are for the whole gang, while others are split up by age. While the kids go off on a wilderness scavenger hunt, there's time for the adults to have a conversation on the porch. This small ranch also offers rock climbing, white water rafting, fly-fishing, archery and cowboy poetry programs.

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch
17931 Red Feather Lakes Rd
Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545

May Farms

On its 200 acres, the May Farms "agri-tainment" venue grows wheat, potatoes, corn, sunflowers and pumpkins. Goats, sheep, chickens and members of the May family live on the farm. They offer walking trails, school field trips and harvest attractions family, like hayrides and a grass maze. Plus, it's only about a 40-minute drive east of Denver, but is far enough away from the city gives kids a taste of high plains farm life.

May Farms
64001 U.S. Highway 36
Byers, Colorado 80103

Article Written By Stephanie L. Smith

Stephanie L. Smith is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and editor. She got her start in 1996 while still a student at Harvard, researching Let's Go travel guides to California and New Zealand. Since then, she's written and edited travel, lifestyle, health and fitness content for a variety of print and online publications, including, Pilot Getaways magazine, and Channel One News.

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