5 Unique Summer Activities for Non-Hikers in Colorado

We live in Colorado, but we are not big hikers. Blasphemy, I know! We still find lots of unique and beautiful things to do here though. So if you live in, or are headed to, Colorado this summer, check out these five ways to experience the Rocky Mountain State. If you are looking for something beachy, or out of Colorado- check out the awesome suggestions from Family Travel Forum by clicking here.

1. If you want to stick close to lots of modern amenities, but still experience the uniqueness of Colorful Colorado, head just west of Colorado Springs, and visit Cave of the Winds. 500 million years old, this cave gives visitors an option of “caving” underground complete with headlamp and mud, or staying above ground, and experiencing some awesome attractions, like the “Bat-a-pult”:

There is lots of stuff for smaller kids, too. Click here to check it out. There are so many ways to experience Cave of the Winds, so to plan the best trip for your family click here for options, hours, and discounts.

2. Need a rest after your big day at Cave of the Winds? Unwind, mountain style! Currently offering yoga and other body classes, the full array of indulgent spa treatments, and hot mineral soaks will be offered come late July. Indigenous people and animals have experienced the curative properties of these hot springs for thousands of years- and now you can too! Click here for information, and to book a treatment or class.

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3. Looking for a place to rest your head after a day of adventure and relaxation? Make this trip unique all the way around. The Broadmoor Hotel offers guests a unique experience. With Colorado’s only five star, five diamond dining option, in addition to an upscale bowling alley, there really is something for everybody! Click here for booking information.

4. Ready to take on adventure again, after a good rest? A scenic drive down Highway 50 will lead you to our Nation’s highest suspension bridge! Towering 956 feet above the Arkansas River, visitors have an experience like none other! Heights not your thing? That’s okay! Check out the bridge from afar, and enjoy some of the many other activities. You can see what they are, and get park hours and information by clicking here.

5 Unique Summer Activities in Colorado for Non-Hikers
5 Unique Summer Activities in Colorado for Non-Hikers Photo Courtesy of Royal Gorge Railroad

If your feet need a rest, check out the suspension bridge, and the beautiful gorge area by train. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad offers special events throughout the year, and their dinner cars boast some of the finest food in Colorado. Local and organic offerings are important to train owner Mark Greksa. Click here for more information, and reservations. 

5. Need a souvenir? Stop by The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey to taste, and bring home, a bottle of wine! Dreamed of by two Benedictine Fathers, the winery is now a reality, and is open 7 days a week. Complimentary tastings are offered daily, and VIP tastings can be arranged by request. Summer is an especially nice time to visit the Abbey! Check out the spectacular view of grapes growing against the backdrop of the Colorado Mountains! Click here for directions, more information, hours, and special happenings.

There are unique experiences throughout Colorado- and only some involve a pair of hiking boots! So if your style is more glam than camp, be sure to check out some of the suggestions above! Looking for something out of state? Check out all of the wonderful suggestions that Family Travel Forum has to offer by clicking here!