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Things To Do Before The Kids Go Back To School

Don’t rush the start of school. The endless stream of homework and tests will be here before you know it. Instead, take advantage of the golden days of summer—the last month before fall arrives in full force. Now is the time to plan your final summer getaway to Glenwood Springs with a stay at the Hotel Colorado, where we believe families should have one last action-packed, summertime recess before hitting the books.

A Top of the Class Vacation Package
The Hotel Colorado makes it easy for you get top marks with your family. For a mountain-full of fun before school starts, get an A+ from your kids by booking our Adventure Park package. It’s a tidy bundle that, in addition to lodging at the Hotel Colorado, includes the Glenwood Gondola to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Funday Passes* for unlimited turns on the Park’s thrill rides and family attractions, as well as two caves tours—one to King’s Row (one of the most decorated cave rooms in Colorado) and the other to the Historic Fairy Caves, with a stop at Exclamation Point. 
As America’s only mountaintop theme park, many of the rides at the Adventure Park take advantage of the precipitous heights, adding even more thrills by virtue of their location. The Giant Canyon Swing launches riders 1,300 feet above Glenwood Canyon; the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster and the Canyon Flyer both skirt the edge of a cliff. The Haunted Mine Drop plummets riders 110 feet into the pitch-black darkness of the mountain! 
The Adventure Park also features mellow, family-friendly attractions like the 4-D Motion Theater, laser tag and gentler rides—like a mine-themed Ferris wheel, a kid’s coaster and the bouncy Giddy Up Ride. There’s also entertainment, old-time photos and panning for gemstones, as well as plenty of options for food and scenery viewing. With the Hotel Colorado Adventure Park package, you can plan on a full day of old-school fun.

No Reading Required
Skip the lecture and opt for alternative hands-on learning instead. Your stay at the Hotel Colorado is much more than a place to sleep at night. The historic hotel is chock-full of history and even offers history tours on the weekends. For more experiential learning, try this kid-approved curriculum for summertime fun:

  • Glenwood Hot Springs Resort. The new Sopris Splash Zone features a whitewater adventure river, waterfalls, a splash pad and an after-hours illuminated show fountain. The best part: you can enjoy the new amenities and soak in the hot springs for the price of admission.
  • Hanging Lake. This natural wonder in Glenwood Canyon is a knock-out beauty. The trail is steep, but it’s also short—a little less than a mile—and the views are straight out of a fairytale. Remember to get your Hanging Lake permit online.
  • Glenwood Vaudeville Revue. Hilarious entertainment that’s suitable for the whole family, the Vaudeville’s professional actors and singers have a knack for comedy, and no one gets sent to the principal’s office for giggling! 

The school year is long, so in addition to penciling in Parent-Teacher conferences, why not schedule some parent-kid time before they go back to school? Learn more and make plans to stay at the family-friendly, affordable, historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs.


*One per registered guest per night