I have always viewed our family vacations through the lens of adventure travel. When the boys were little, the adventures were, too. Over the years, our family vacation experiences have grown as we incorporate more adventurous activities into our trips.
Some of our favorite summer travel destinations are in the mountains near Vail, Colorado. The Rocky Mountains are the perfect playground for adventure!
I have compiled our top 10 summer mountain family adventures and hope they will inspire your family to try something new this year. To reach any of these destinations, you can pick up your Alamo rental car from the Denver International Airport, which is about a two-hour drive from Vail.
Colorado’s Longest Alpine Slide
This Alpine Slide is at the base of the Winter Park, Colorado, ski resort, which is 90 miles from Denver International Airport. It starts with a chairlift ride up the Arrow Lift to mid-mountain height where the Alpine Slide begins. The slide consists of a concrete, concave path with higher walls allowing for banked turns. The sled rides on wheels and the speed is controlled by the rider with a manual brake. Younger kids can ride along on an adult’s sled.