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Family Vacation Ideas in Southwest Colorado

This is the perfect time of the year to take a family vacation and explore the USA Southwest.

With this in mind, Vacation Idea recently listed “The 25 Best Family Vacation Ideas in the Southwest.”

And, five of the featured family vacation destinations are in Southwest Colorado! The other 21 are in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.

Here is a brief description of the locations in Colorado. What would you add to this list?

Strater Hotel – Durango, Colorado – It has been the center of Durango’s social and cultural life since 1887. It’s one of the West’s best-known hotels. This iconic hotel charms guests with its magnificent lobby, exquisite handcrafted woodwork, period wallpaper and original Victorian details. Enjoy the Henry Strater Theater, the Mahogeny Grille, the Diamond Belle Saloon and the Victorian Office Spiritorium. Website

Twin Lakes Inn – Twin Lakes, Colorado – Come for a fun family vacation at The Twin Lakes Inn at Mount Elbert and also enjoy hiking, trekking, canoeing, and camping. The Inn is modeled to blend with the rustic style of its natural surroundings using locally-sourced materials and period features. All of the rooms have been restored to provide a welcoming and comfortable experience.  The Dayton Room Restaurant and the Malamute Saloon serves food and drinks! Website

Chipeta Solar Springs Resort – Rideway, Colorado – This unique boutique hotel is modeled on a traditional in and provides guests with a typical homey bed and breakfast atmosphere. This resort includes hot tubs, roaring log fires, spas and saunas. There are wonderful salt water pools which are heated using environmentally friendly solar power to soother tired muscles and relaxing yoga classes. The Four Corners Cafe and the Skybar provide food and drink. There are also condominiums with private kitchens are available. Website


Far View Lodge – Mancos, Colorado – What a treat to stay at a hotel located inside a national park! Far View Ledge is found in the Mesa Verde National Park. You won’t find televisions or telephones in the rooms so that guests can fully relax and make the most of their trip by hiking and enjoying the abundant local flora and fauna. Rooms feature balconies to give guests unparalleled views of the glittering night sky. Website

Three Rivers Resort – Almont, Colorado – This resort is located where the Taylor River meets the East River to form the Gunnison River. You can see endless blue skies, mighty mountains and a clear river filled with trout. This is a unique getaway with cabins that were built in the 1800’s, modern rooms at the main lodge and modern vacation homes in nearby Almont. Cabins have porches, kitchens and grills. Enjoy horseback riding, river rafting, kayaking, zip lining, or hiking in the nearby Gunnison National Forest. Website

Plan now for your Family Vacation in SW Colorado!

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