Many of us seem to experience a deep affinity with the mountains and visits to spectacular vistas like the slopes of Colorado only serve to confirm that impression and leave us with a lasting memory of our time there.
Family trips to the Rockies are an adventure shared and Beaver Creek is an excellent example of how much fun everyone can have in the Colorado Rockies.
You can plan activities and what to do on a family vacation in Beaver Creek CO at GetawayPlanners.com for example, and if you are looking for some ideas on what to include and where to go, here are some ideas for a perfect Beaver Creek adventure.
About the area
Beaver Creek actually consists of three different ski mountains and three separate base areas, known as Bachelor Gulch, Arrowhead and Beaver Creek Village.
You will find that Beaver Creek Village is considered by many to be the epicenter of all the action and entertainment, as it has a safe and lively pedestrian plaza with loads of different eating, shopping and entertainment options as well as accommodation options on the doorstep.
Since opening in 1980, Beaver Creek Village has quickly developed a strong family-friendly reputation where you can easily access some 1,800 acres of terrain within the area, a whole ton of family activities away from the slopes, and a diverse choice of restaurant options too.
Year round adventures
The ski facilities make this part of the Colorado Rockies understandably popular during the winter months, but it is a venue that offers year round entertainment and adventures, so you can have just as much fun in the summer months as well as when the snow is falling.
Summertime heralds the arrival of a host of family-friendly activities such as wall-climbing, mini-golf and wall climbing, which you can enjoy after a day exploring the mountains via the scenic chairlift or maybe on horseback or via a mountain bike.
For the older thrill-seekers, there is a whitewater rafting available in Beaver Creek and even when the winter has gone, you can still book some time on the ice, when you visit the ice skating rink which stays open throughout the year.
Time to go hiking
If you are planning to visit Beaver Creek in the summer, pack your hiking boots and head over to the Beaver Creek Hiking Center for some expert guidance on which trails would be suitable for you and the family to enjoy.
If you are looking for more than a bit of general guidance, it might pay to book a place on one of their group hikes, which welcomes kids and the guided nature loop run by the Beaver Creek Hiking Center at the top of the Centennial Express lift is complimentary.
Depending on the age of your children, you might want to consider a more challenging adventure, and you can book a private guide to take you on a hike through aspen groves and some glorious mountain trails, including a 14,000 foot peak Colorado 14er.
Saddle up for the Rodeo
Whilst you might be a spectator for this adventure, the Beaver Creek Rodeo is excellent entertainment and attracts regular crowds in the thousands each week it is on.
The rodeo show is on every Thursday evening starting from the end of June and running through to the middle of August. Bull riding, team roping and some amazing riding skills are all in evidence and the children can get involved in the fun, if they sign up for the mutton bustin or calf scramble as well as pony rides on trained horses, which thankfully aren’t anywhere near as wild as some you might see in the main ring!
Plenty of options
Other activities to consider, depending on what time of the year you visit Beaver Creek, include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing via the Nordic Sports Center and the Haymaker Tubing Hill.
The Tubing Hill is understandably popular when it is running through the ski season and because there is no age minimum and only a requirement for a minimum height of 36 inches, most kids get the chance to safely fly down the hill, ready for another go after they have gone back to the top again using the Buckaroo Express gondola.
You probably already knew that the Colorado Rockies was almost bound to offer plenty of leisure and entertainment options for visitors, but now that you have learnt a bit more about some of the specific attractions that await you, it is a good time to start planning your holiday adventure in the area.
Hilary Hall works as a travel planner and also works on raising and entertaining a growing family. She likes to be able to share her ideas online and writes regularly for a variety of travel-related websites.