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2016 Family Favorites – Family Travel

Preparing for a family adventure is exciting … and more than a little daunting. We’ve taken care of the research by highlighting some of Colorado’s best destinations so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Colorado Family Campground

Top Five*

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Chatfield State Park

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Jellystone Park in Larkspur

Rocky Mountain National Park

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Winding River Resort

*Tie occurred in this category

The Winner

Jellystone Park in Larkspur

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650 Sky View Ln., Larkspur

720-325-2393 | jellystonelarkspur.com

At Jellystone Park, families can glamp in a cabin, cottage, lodge or yurt, or get closer to nature in tent and RV sites. Once settled, explore the park’s many amenities. Beyond traditional hiking and fishing, there’s a swimming pool, game room, disc golf course, playground and, of course, plenty of Yogi Bear approved picnic tables. Catch an outdoor movie on Saturdays, and don’t miss the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts. Did we mention there are clean restrooms and showers, too

Colorado Road Trip

Top Five

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Colorado Springs

Durango / Mesa Verde National Park

Estes Park / Rocky Mountain National Park

Glenwood Springs

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

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The Winner

Glenwood Springs

888-445-3696 | visitglenwood.com

Road trip and kids are words that parents rarely utter happily together, but the 160-mile drive along I-70 to Glenwood Springs awes car-bound families with scenic mountain vistas. The route is also dotted with frequent mountain towns, offering ample opportunities to let kids run off energy, grab a snack or hit the bathroom. At the end of this road, Glenwood Springs invites families to play and relax in the hot springs pools.

Destination Vacation

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Top Five

Cancún

Disneyland

Hawaii

San Diego

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Walt Disney World Resort

The Winner

Walt Disney World Resort

407-939-5277 | disneyworld.disney.go.com

From four theme parks and two water parks to character experiences and five-star dining, Disney World is jam-packed with family-friendly fun for all ages. Book a room at one of dozens of Disney Resort Hotels, and you”ll get some serious fringe benefits, including extra time at theme parks and early FastPass+ access.

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Family Day Trip

Top Five*

Colorado Springs

Estes Park / Rocky Mountain National Park

Evergreen

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Georgetown

Eldora Canyon State Park

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

*Tie occurred in this category

The Winner

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Colorado Springs

719-635-7506 | visitcos.com

It’s no wonder readers take I-25 60 miles south to Colorado Springs. The bustling town boasts more than 55 attractions and activities, including Garden of the Gods – an awe-inspiring National Natural Landmark with a family-friendly hiking trail – and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, America’s only mountainside zoo. Don’t miss Cave of the Winds; this thrilling attraction has multiple adventures for cave dwellers.

Resort or Hotel

Top Five

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The Broadmoor

Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort

Vail Marriott Mountain Resort

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain

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The Winner

The Broadmoor

1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs

719-634-7711 | broadmoor.com

Since opening its doors in 1918, The Broadmoor has delivered a one-of-a-kind luxury resort environment. This historic hotel offers families modern amenities and an array of activities including golf, tennis, swimming, specialty tours, zip-lining and lessons in tomahawk throwing and archery. For parents who have earned some “me time” there’s the Forbes Five-Star spa with a complete menu of treatments.

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Summer Mountain Getaway

Top Five

Breckenridge

Estes Park

Glenwood Springs

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Steamboat Springs

YMCA of the Rockies

The Winner

Glenwood Springs

888-445-3696 | visitglenwood.com

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Hot springs are just the beginning in Glenwood Springs. After a scenic drive, plop into a two-block-long hot spring pool – the world’s largest – before venturing out for dinner on historic Seventh Street. After that, anything’s possible: bike along the Colorado River, explore vapor caves, raft or skydive at Roaring Fork Skydivers. The Iron Mountain Hot Springs – operated by Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park – offers a freshwater family pool and 16 mineral hot springs pools with varying temperatures

Winter Resort for Families

Top Five

Breckenridge Ski Resort

Glenwood Hot Springs Resort

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Keystone Resort

Steamboat Resort

Winter Park Resort

The Winner

Winter Park Resort

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85 Parsenn Rd., Winter Park

970-726-1564 | winterparkresort.com

At this kid-friendly resort, families have their pick of seven territories spanning four mountains piled with 3,000 acres of snow. Award-winning terrain includes groomers, terrain parks, bumps, steeps and trees. There’s also tubing, snowshoeing, ice- skating and scenic Snowcat tours. After a day on the slopes, nosh on premium food in the village.

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