Just like every year, summer has flown by. It’s an ideal time to think about a quick weekend jaunt that’s within driving distance before the kids are back in school…and their hectic activity schedules take over.
Estes Park provides the perfect destination to a short weekend family vacation in the mountains. It’s even better during the week, when crowds won’t be as plentiful.
Castle Mountain Lodge has an unbeatable variety of accommodations to suit every need, group size and personal taste. The most ideal options are cottages. Guests can relax in a home-like setting complete with bedrooms, bathrooms, full kitchens, cable television, DVD/video players, fireplaces and wi-fi. Adjoining units in one building can be reserved together to house larger parties, great for inviting extended family members or friends.
The cottages range from cozy one-bedroom cabins to modern two- and three- bedroom homes. Many come with sleeper sofas and air mattresses, so accommodating a crowd won’t be problem. The largest combined unit, River Castle 1 and 1A, can sleep up to 13 people.
Staying in these fully equipped vacation retreats allows families to hang out before or comfortably after a fun day in Rocky Mountain National Park or in town. Everyone can enjoy a lazy breakfast, a pleasant lunch or a leisurely get-together for dinner. All cabins have a barbecue grill for a great summertime cookout.
The kids can run around on the playground while the grownups sit out and relax. Later on, they can borrow board games from the library, watch movies on their unit’s DVD player or take a walk along Fall River. A highlight at the lodge is the weekly ice cream social, usually held on Tuesday evenings.
There’s no shortage of family activities and things to do in Estes Park:
Lake Estes/Fish Creek trails – A fantastic all-family activity includes biking, skating or walking on the RiverWalk to these popular smooth and flat trails.
Horseback riding – Several stables rent horses by the hour and will provided guided tours of the surrounding area, tailored to age and riding ability.
Fishing – There’s probably no better place in the state than Estes Park to reel in trout. A valid fishing license is required for those older than 16 years. Local private ponds also have surefire catches and are just right for little anglers.
Hiking/Wildlife viewing – Some of the best trails in the country are right next door at Rocky Mountain National Park, Wild Basin and McGraw Ranch. They are also prime spots for seeing wildlife, especially elk, deer and bighorn sheep.
River rafting – A quintessential Colorado activity, this enjoyable trip can go anywhere from a mild family-friendly cruise or a Class IV-rapids thrill ride.
Boating – On Lake Estes, paddleboats, pontoons or sailboards are available to float along the cool blue waters.
Fun City/Tram – For some old-fashioned amusement park enjoyment, this longtime favorite offers mini golf, go-karts and bumper boats, among other diversions. The Estes Park Aerial Tramway shows off the best views of the town, without climbing any mountains.
Thanks to our source: TripAdvisor
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