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Come Play in Colorado's Rockies Playground

Colorado.comGet ready to take the kiddos' learning to new heights with Colo-Road Trips Educational Itineraries, trips crafted with plenty of hands-on learning, educational adventures and, of course, stops for ice cream. Each was designed with kids from kindergarten to 5th grade in mind, but the activities, outings and accommodations will be enjoyed by children of all ages — yes, that’s you, Mom and Dad. Supplement your trip with trivia, educational videos and games — or just hop in the car and go!

Trains, museums, animals, caves and gold panning make the top of the Rockies a terrific place to play while learning.

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Grab Your Supplies

Pencils Up!

While all that is truly needed is your kid's sense of adventure, a notebook, a writing utensil and plenty of colored pencils will come in handy.

Day 1

activity

Georgetown Loop Railroad

Climb aboard one of Colorado's famous historic narrow gauge railroads. This engineering marvel takes you high over the Devil's Gate Bridge…

lunch

A Whistle Stop Cafe

Once you’ve gotten to the end of the line, head on over to Whistle Stop Cafe! This train-themed restaurant has a hearty menu that will fuel up both…

activity

Experience History Firsthand

Go back in time as you wander through Frisco's Historic Park & Museum. There are 11 historic buildings to explore throughout the park, including…

dinner

Two Below Dinner

Ready for a dining experience like never before? Take the kids on a dinner sleigh ride (or a summer chuck wagon) through snow-capped mountains and starry…

activity

Frisco Adventure Park

Experience fun year-round at the Frisco Adventure Park! Kids of all ages will love the tubing hill and sleigh rides in winter and the bike park and…

lodging

Frisco Lodge

This family-friendly bed & breakfast is perfectly situated on Frisco’s Main Street. So once the day’s adventure is over, all you have to do is walk…

Educational Activity

Georgetown Loop Timeline

Learn about the history of the Georgetown Loop Railroad then and now during a trip to Idaho Springs. Get Activity.

Educational Activity

Play Like You Lived in Frisco

Ever wonder what it was really like to live long ago? Here’s your chance to find out during a trip to the Frisco Historic Park and Museum. Get activity

Trivia

How's Your Memory?

How much do you remember from today’s adventures? Get trivia

Day 2

breakfast

Yo Mommas! Tacos Y Burritos

Big things come in small packages, and this tiny unassuming spot is certainly Breckenridge’s best-kept secret. You and your family will find some of…

activity

Edwin Carter Discovery Center

Learn about early Summit County conservation efforts at the Edwin Carter Discovery Center. This house museum, which is just one of many of Breckenridge’s…

lunch

Downstairs at Eric's

After a morning spent learning about preservation efforts, it’s time to let the kids loose in the arcade for a while. This locals' spot is a simple…

activity

Gold Panning at Country Boy Mine

Founded in 1887, Country Boy Mine is one of the oldest mines in Summit County. Today, visitors can enjoy a historic tour into the 1,000-foot-deep mine…

dinner

The Motherloaded Tavern

You'll cherish recipes that have been passed down for generations at The Motherloaded Tavern. This eatery serves up some of the best homemade menus…

activity

The Breckenridge Troll

Pay a visit to Isak Heartstone, Breckenridge’s “friendly” troll that’s captured the hearts and social media feeds of many throughout the land. Located…

lodging

Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center

Now, it's time to head on over to your basecamp for the night. This resort rolls out the red carpet for families — with an arcade, a pool, a mini-golf…

Insider's Tip

Begin Your Day Early

They say the early bird catches the worm. Head out to Breckenridge bright and early for some breakfast.

Educational Activity

Who was Edwin Carter?

Explore what makes a person great enough to have their actions continue for generations at the Edwin Carter Discovery Center. Get activity.

Educational Activity

Become a Gold-Panning Expert

Demonstrate your gold-panning expertise at the Country Boy Mine. Get activity.

Itinerary Tip

Yummy Eats

Be sure to grab an order of chicken & waffles and fried mac 'n' cheese at The Motherloaded. Locals can't stop raving about either menu item.

Trivia

Breckenridge, a Place to Remember

How much do you remember about your visit to Breckenridge? Get trivia.

Day 3

breakfast

Daylight Donuts

Walk over to this eclectic doughnut shop, where you have the option to enjoy a hearty breakfast or a variety of delicious doughnuts. While you and your…

activity

National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum

Located in a beautiful old school, the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum is dedicated to the memory of the many men and women who worked in…

lunch

High Mountain Pies

This pizza spot beats any New York-style pie out there by a landslide. This crowd-pleasing parlor also serves up calzones and wings, and has a large…

activity

Leadville National Fish Hatchery

Established in 1889, Leadville National Fish Hatchery is the second oldest fish hatchery in the National Fish Hatchery System. Cutthroat trout, Colorado’s…

dinner

Quincy's Tavern

Remember learning about taxidermy at the Edwin Carter Center? See if your kids can spot the wild boar on the wall while you wait on your steak dinner…

activity

Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin

Discover one of Leadville's finest Victorian homes for a glimpse of Western life in a booming silver-mining camp. Healy House is a restoration…

lodging

Grand West Village Resort

It's time to retreat into your very own cabin-style duplex or mountain home. All residences come with a large living area so that your kids can…

Insider's Tip

Road Trip

Now, it's time to head from Breckenridge to Leadville!

Educational Activity

Play Like a Miner

Activate prior knowledge and identify new learning during a trip to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. Get activity.

Educational Activity

Life Cycle of a Fish

Learn about life cycles as you explore the Leadville National Fish Hatchery. Get activity.

Extra Credit

Museum Extra Credit: Which Do You Prefer?

During a visit the Healy House and Dexter Cabin, compare the historic buildings to your own home to determine which you would prefer. Get extra-credit activity.

Trivia

A Time to Remember

Let’s see how much you remember from your trip to Leadville, the highest incorporated city in North America. Get trivia.

Day 4

breakfast

Silver Llama Market & Eatery

Head over to the Silver Llama for a delicious breakfast served in generous portions. The kids can also explore the art on display, sourced by nine local…

activity

Walking Mountain Science Center

Touted as a world-class environmental learning center for residents and visitors, Walking Mountain Science Center in Avon offers natural history exhibits,…

lunch

19th Street Diner

Step back in time in this 50s-style diner, where you and your family can enjoy American classics. Grab a booth, enjoy a milkshake and let the good times…

activity

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Are you ready for an adventure? At Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, choose from two kid-friendly, 40-minute cave tours, the Kings Row and the Fairy…

dinner

Slope & Hatch

Here you'll find fusion and flavors you can’t get anywhere else in Glenwood. Enjoy dinner at a spot that’s equally famed for its tacos as it is for…

activity

Glenwood Hot Springs Resort

Enjoy a relaxing soak in the world’s largest hot-spring pool! Kids will enjoy the chutes adventure river ride, slides and splash pad; and there's even…

lodging

Glenwood Hot Springs Resort

After a night of splashing around, walk on over to your warm suite to relax for the evening and charge up for your final day of exploring.

Educational Activity

Animals Have Homes Just Like Us!

During your trip to the Walking Mountain Science Center, learn more about the animals that call the Vail Valley home, especially the amazing beaver. Get activity.

Educational Activity

Let's Go Caving

Expand your vocabulary during your cave tour at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Get activity.

Trivia

How's Your Memory?

Test your memory from the day’s activities. Get trivia.

Day 5

breakfast

Village Smithy

You can’t go wrong having breakfast here. With plenty of options for kids to choose from, a spacious patio and coffee that flows endlessly, the Village…

activity

Cedar Ridge Ranch

Cedar Ridge Ranch is home to horses, ponies, Nigerian milk goats, zebus, alpacas, different breeds of chickens, dogs and cats. Visitors can enjoy a…

lunch

French Alpine Bistro

Stop by the French Alpine Bistro to be transported to another world, where several family heirlooms grace the walls of this locally owned joint. Kids…

activity

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies: Hallam Lake

Hallam Lake is a 25-acre nature preserve and learning center in Aspen that is part of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), an environmental-science…

dinner

Venga Venga Cantina & Bar

Top off your trip by swinging by Venga Venga, a cantina with sweeping views of the mountains. The menu also includes kid-approved items such as quesadillas…

activity

Anderson Ranch Art Center

For 50 years Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village has been a community for artists offering workshops, hosting gallery exhibitions and more. Kids can…

lodging

Limelight Hotel Aspen

A modern hotel in the heart of Aspen, the Limelight offers it all for your last night in the area. Enjoy heated pools and steamy hot tubs. In the morning,…

Itinerary Tip

On the Road Again

Now, it's time to head from Glenwood Springs to Carbondale.

Educational Activity

Pecking Order

No visit to Cedar Ridge Ranch is complete without seeing the chickens. Spend time getting to know the chickens and their personalities. Get activity.

Itinerary Tip

On the Road

Now, it's time to head from Carbondale to Aspen!

Educational Activity

Using Your Senses

Do you have a future naturalist in your family? At Hallam Lake, kids will use their senses to explore like a naturalist. Get activity.