Family Vacations & Staycations

Colorado Springs is a vacationer’s paradise. With so much to see and do, from outdoor adventures and natural beauty, to fine dining and the arts, you can find a vacation in Colorado Springs that will fit your style.


This is especially true for families. Planning a family vacation in Colorado Springs is a cinch, as there are attractions, lodging, and things to do that fit just about every family’s style, from those looking for pet-friendly vacations to weekend couples getaways and staycations. Check out some of the great family vacations in Colorado Springs and see all that the area has to offer.

Colorado Springs Kid’s Vacations

The Colorado Geo Trek— Explore the many geological wonders that the Centennial state has to offer on this popular tour. Start by viewing the incredible red rock formations at Garden of the Gods, and then make your way up to Manitou to tour the Cave of the Winds. On day two, start out at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings visit Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

Royal Gorge Adventure— The Royal Gorge is known as the ‘Grand Canyon of the Arkansas’ and for good reason. Like its bigger brother, this deep gorge offers incredible sightseeing and tourist attractions, as well as whitewater rafting, albeit with greater access to the river. After a trip down the river, be sure to check out the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and the Royal Gorge Route Railroad.

Family Staycation Ideas

Explore Cripple Creek— Cripple Creek is a former mining camp that sits on the southwest slope of Pike’s Peak. The rustic mountain town offers history buffs a window to the past. Head out to get hands on with history at the Cripple Creek Museum and the Cripple Creek Heritage Center. For a real thrill, go deep underground on the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Tour and catch a glimpse of what life was like for hard rock gold miners in the Old West.

Couples Getaways in Colorado Springs

Rocky Mountain Romance— Leave the kids with grandma and take a weekend for just the two of you. Book a room at the sublimely serene Glen Eyrie Castle and spend your first evening with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. On day two, harness your inner sommelier at The Wines of Colorado, and then take in some theatre with the Fine Arts Center.

Wild West Weekender— Couples also enjoy the rustic charm of Cripple Creek, as the town offers many great things to do just for two. Step back in time and book a room at the Midnight Rose Casino, a classic Victorian take on the modern gambling palace. Head over to The Steakhouse at Bronco Billy’s for some fine dining—Rocky Mountain style—and then spend the evening cruising the gaming tables and entertainment at Cripple Creek’s many casinos.

Pet-Friendly Vacations

Ruff-ing It— If you don’t want to leave Fido at home, Colorado Springs campgrounds offer a chance to spend some time with the family—the whole family—in the great outdoors. Set up and explore the rock formations and trails in Garden of the Gods. Then head up to Manitou to visit the pet-friendly Manitou Cliff Dwellings. On day two, head down to Seven Falls, the only U.S. waterfall to make National Geographic’s list of international waterfalls.

The Pampered Pooch— There’s lots of great in-town attractions as well for the family with four-legged members in Colorado Springs. Book a room at the Hotel Elegante Conference and Events Center and get a complimentary doggie gift bag. You’ll be able to enjoy the onsite ‘petio’ and dog run. Then take in a little history with your pet in tow at the Ghost Town Museum—a family favorite.

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