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Try some mile-high family fun in Colorado

Published On: Aug 03 2011 03:24:14 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 25 2011 11:37:14 PM CDT
Red Rocks Amphitheater, Colorado

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Colorado has a lot more than skiing to offer families. Tour the amazing Red Rocks Theater. Explore underground caves or drive across the Rocky Mountains in a Jeep. There are many ski and snowboard resorts in the Mile High State, but if you like to avoid the crowds, visit Cooper Mountain.

Look down on the majestic Rocky Mountains on a Fair Winds Hot Air Balloon Flight in Boulder. View mountain peaks, valleys and wildlife as far as the eye can see. Champagne, sparking cider and a continental breakfast are included with every flight. Only early-morning flights are available daily and seasonal specials are available.

Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver is an astonishing natural amphitheater that offers guided tours, a performer's hall of fame and best-of concert footage. It is open year-round but the majority of concerts are in the spring and summer. Enjoy the incredible views or go biking or hiking along the many trails. Be sure to bring water and take things slowly as the altitude can be a bit of shock compared to Denver proper.

Ski at Cooper Mountain in Leadville and enjoy less crowded slopes. Considered Colorado's leading family ski spot, skiers, snowboarders and cross-country skiers can enjoy the terrain at San Isabel National Forest. Backcountry ski tours are also available. Advanced and expert skiers and snowboards can take a Snowcat as high as 12,600 feet and enjoy the vertical drops on the way down.

Explore the Rocky Mountain Alpine Loop inside a Farabee Jeep Rentals in Telluride. Explore the mountain scenery and wilderness and historic mines while in a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Most trails are easy to navigate and drive. Leave the pavement for an even bigger thrill as the Jeeps are off-road ready. Jeep rentals are available for half, full or multi-day rentals. No previous off-road experience is necessary.

There is much to do at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs. Explore underground caves, hit the climbing wall, or try the bungee trampoline or mechanical bull. Experience amazing views from the Iron Mountain Tramway, dig for fossils or pan for gemstones. This adventure park has it all.

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