Well known for its ski trails, Vail is a veritable hiker's heaven in its own right. Hiking through the White River National Forest, with 15 trails from two to 18 miles to choose from, you'll find wildflowers swaying across the vast grasslands, as well as elks and moose ambling through the forests. As glorious as the trails are, Vail is also an ideal place to teach your kids the artistry of fly fishing. In the offseason of Aspen, just down the road and through the mountains from Vail, take a turn on the wild side with horseback riding through the alpine wilderness or strap on life vests and go whitewater rafting on the challenging Class II-III sections of the Middle Roaring Fork, suitable for families with older children.
After driving across the Rockies, enjoying ski resorts along the way, you'll find a vast land packed with national parks. At Black Canyon National Park near Montrose, sheer black walls plummet up to 2,700 feet down to create a jaw-dropping gorge. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve near Alamosa is home to 750 feet-high sand dunes that challenge the Rocky Mountains themselves. And Mesa Verde National Park near Cortez is home to some of the most unique Ancestral Puebloan dwellings in the world.
The following SELECT hotels provide the ideal home base to launch your next family adventure. Plus, you'll enjoy the bonus amenities available only through our agency, including, hotel/resort credits, free breakfast or breakfast credit, early check-in/late check-out when available, upgrades when available and a custom made pair of jeans(!) at the Town in Montrose. Hotel Teatro in Denver Halcyon Hotel Cherry Creek in Denver Hotel Jerome an Auberge Resort in Aspen Hotel Madeline in Telluride Viceroy Snowmass in Snowmass Village The Town in Montrose Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa in Beaver Creek The Little Nell in Aspen
*reprinted with permission from Select Experiences