gaylord rockies atrium at night with views of the city and mountains out the huge windows

As the snow was melting off the slopes and the sun inched up the temperatures, our family took a drive down from the mountains of Colorado to the Gaylord Rockies in Denver for a taste of summer. We had previously visited one winter to experience the Christmas festivities. This time we were looking for a way to experience a taste of summer with all the family fun the Gaylord is known for. We weren’t disappointed. Here’s what you can expect from the Gaylord Rockies Summer of More.

Gaylord Rockies Location

Gaylord Rockies is located on the west side of town out by the airport. While this part of Denver is quite flat, the architects positioned the grand atrium to have a spectacular view of both downtown and the mountains in the distance. There was not much out here the first time we visited. But much has been built since.

On a warm evening the end of April we were graced with the most beautiful sunset while enjoying the outdoor pool area.

Why Gaylord Rockies

Many visit the Gaylord Rockies for conferences. The property is massive. But they’ve given travelers many reasons other than conferences to make their way here for a visit. From the largest big screen TV in the state in the sports bar to a fun waterpark and pool to restaurants and the spa, there’s a little something for everyone. During the holidays the hotel morphs into a winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of colorful ice. During the summer, it becomes a place almost with the feel of a beach vacation.

Floating the lazy river in the sun is fin and relaxation at the same time. Photo courtesy Gaylord Rockies.

Gaylord Rockies Water Park

The pool is a miniature waterpark year-round. There are two fun waterslides, a heated pool that boasts two splash pads, a large hot tub and a lap pool that doubles as a water volleyball court, all indoors. The outdoor pool area boasts an adult hot tub, a hot tub open to all, an infinity pool with another smaller waterslide, and a lazy river with stone brides overhead and views of the mountains in the distance. Rows of lounge chairs line the pools, and there are even comfortable cabanas for rent. We saw more than one birthday party at the cabanas.

There’s a restaurant and bar in the pool area called Arapaho Springs. On a warm afternoon we enjoyed frozen drinks and Dippin’ Dots from here. There’s also a cute shaved ice truck. We came back to the pool one night after dinner just for this treat, but enjoyed some more time in the water and catching a spectacular sunset.

Entry to the waterpark is included in your stay. Other activities are available out on the pool deck such as bingo.

Spectacular views from the Grand Atrium at Gaylord Rockies.

Gaylord Rockies Great Atrium

The Grand Atrium was my favorite place to hang out. The colorful fountains, a train car, a bridge over the water, caves and the tallest windows looking out to downtown Denver and the mountains beyond drew both me and my son down there. Several restaurants open into the atrium. There’s a variety of seating from couches by a grand fireplace to tables for dining by the water, or even in a cave.

A deck with a huge fire pit and Adirondack chairs pepper the area just outside the huge windows. There’s a grassy area beyond for kids to play or adults to stretch their legs.

The Kona Ice truck in the Arapaho Springs pool area was a big hit with our kids.

Summer Activities at Gaylord Rockies

Dubbed by Gaylord Rockies as Summer of More, we have to agree. There was no shortage of fun activities for the family. The one that we splurged on and were so glad that we did, was the escape room.

Discover Colorado Escape Room: Riches in the Rockies

This is a fabulous addition to activities at Gaylord Rockies, for a few reasons. First off, it was really well done. From the props and decor to the puzzles, you really felt like you were in an old cabin in an old mining area of Colorado. And, Jessie really made the experience. It is also a great way to take a break from fun in the sun and pool.

Success solving the mystery of the Discover Colorado Escape Room.

Shiny Stash Scavenger Hunt

We didn’t actually participate in the Shiny Stash Scavenger Hunt. But it sounds really fun too, and at a much lower price point than the escape room. The story goes that pirates have invaded the resort and Princess Evergreen has stashed the royal jewels. Kids will search high and low to find the treasure chests located around the resort to earn the pirate’s booty.

Mini Golf and More

One morning my son and I played a round of mini golf. While nothing fancy, it was nice to have other options of things to do. Guests can check out mini gold clubs, basketballs and cruiser bikes at the pool.

Gaylord Rockies Rooms

Gaylord Rockies offers a few room types ideal for families.

2 Queen Guest Room

Of course a standard 2 queen guest room works fine for families.

Deluxe Family King

Our first visit we had the pleasure of staying on a deluxe family king. This is ideal for a family of four. Mom & dad get a king bed and the kids get bunks. It is quite spacious.

Junior Suite

We haven’t yet had the pleasure of staying in this room type. But it also sounds perfect for families. In addition to the king bed, there is a queen murphy bed.

Deluxe Suite

The most spacious of room, the deluxe suite has a large bedroom with king bed, a living room with a large sofa that has a pull out bed and a small dining area. Thanks to our Marriott status from our American Express Platinum card we received an upgrade to this spacious suite.

No matter what Gaylord Rockies is a destination of more family fun.

Gaylord Rockies Summer Fun for Families

Liana Moore

Liana Moore is a third-culture kid with a hangover from those days that is a severe case of wanderlust. She is more comfortable driving the cliffs of Amalfi, Italy or the dirt roads of Costa Rica or attempting to decipher the street signs of Osaka, Japan than navigating the theme parks of Disney World. But she loves it all. She doesn't believe a vacation is complete without an adventure. Her husband and kids know well that "adventure" often is code for mishap or challenge and it usually results in a good story. They seek outdoor experiences whether in the mountains, on a beach or in the jungle of a tropical country. Her favorite vacation is... all the ones she hasn't yet taken, as well as those she plans on taking again. And, that list is so, so long. But she continues to extensively explore her home state of Colorado, spends lots of time wandering Texas, California, New Mexico, Costa Rica, Mexico, Norway and has even explored Kazakhstan.

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