The number of families that are choosing a Colorado vacation destination is on the rise. According to the Denver Business Journal, Colorado saw 82.4 million tourists in 2016 alone. The landscape of Colorado, from its vast plains to its mile(s)-high mountains, seems to offer a little bit of pleasure to everyone.
Why a Colorado Vacation?
People are choosing a Colorado vacation for a myriad of reasons. They flock to Breckenridge and Aspen in the Winter for a little bit of skiing. Explore the cliff dwellings of Manitou in the Spring and Summer, or camp in the Rocky Mountains. If an all outdoors Colorado vacation isn’t your thing, Denver offers world-class museums, cuisine, and shopping.
No matter the time of year that you plan to visit, or what you plan to do, these six Colorado vacation tips will prove useful to you and your family.
Drink plenty of water
Altitude sickness is a real thing, and your first line of defense against it is water. Even if you’re not climbing one of Colorado’s famous 14ers (mountains with peaks over 14,000 feet above sea level), the low humidity throughout the state is another reason to up your water intake. Make King Soopers or Target for a few gallons of water one of your first, and frequent stops in Colorado.
The low humidity also wreaks havoc on your skin- not to mention the potential for windburn. Make sure you invest in good face cream or moisturizer. Furthermore, it would bode well that if you’re planning on a Colorado vacation, to pick some up that also has SPF. Colorado’s climate may trick you into thinking that sunscreen isn’t necessary!
Know where you’re going. Offline.
If your Colorado vacation consists of exploring some lesser traveled portions of the state, don’t depend on your cell phone as navigation. Therefore, invest in a stand-alone GPS and bring a map or print directions to have as a backup. Your vacation might turn a little sour when you’ve doubled your drive time with impatient children in the back seat.
Perhaps one of the reasons Colorado vacations have become so popular is due to the legalization of recreational marijuana. No matter your view of pot, you need to know that every dispensary has a green cross on it. This is especially useful when passing storefronts such as “Native Roots.” The name is a little more ambiguous compared to one named “High Q.” Therefore, a green cross on a shop’s sign is the universal symbol for what’s inside.
Layer your clothes
Summer days in Colorado are warm. However, if your vacation includes huge changes in elevation, make sure to bring a sweatshirt and long pants. By the time you make it to the summit of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, the temperature may have dropped 30 degrees!
See More: Winter Hiking Must-haves for Mom
Respect the Animals
The beauty of a Colorado vacation is that no matter your desired activities, you are in nature to some degree. Unless you’re planning on staying in downtown Denver, you are pretty much in wild animal territory. Because of this, some Colorado towns don’t even bother with animal crossing signs. In fact, Estes Park just has a few signs strategically placed throughout town that says “watch all roadways for wildlife.” Always be aware of your surroundings whether walking in an urban park or adventuring on the side of a mountain.
Have you traveled to Colorado before? Share your favorite tips with me!