Colorado Rocky Mountain Attractions

The end of 2017 saw the premiere of several new Colorado Rocky Mountain attractions for the family. We haven’t made it out to check these fun family activities out in person yet. But they are all on our list for early 2018. From new alpine coasters to thrill rides and ice castles, there’s sure to be something on this list for every member of your family. Want to know where we are headed this month in Colorado? Here are our top picks!

Rocky Mountain Coaster at Copper Mountain

Alpine coasters abound at Colorado ski resorts. And the state’s newest alpine coaster debuted at Copper Mountain Resort in November. The new Rocky Mountain Coaster has overall length of 5,800 feet and a vertical drop of 430 feet. The raised alpine coaster track runs along the natural curvature of the mountain with zigs, zags, dips and 360 degree turns for guaranteed thrills all the way down to Copper’s high alpine Center Village. An alpine coaster is basically a roller coaster built on a mountain to that mountain’s natural formation. There many ways to speed down a mountain but this may be the easiest and fastest.

Colorado Rocky Mountain Attractions
The Dillon Ice Castle is a colorful icy playground of art. Photo: AJ Mellor, Ice Castles

Dillon Ice Castle

While the Ice Castles aren’t new to Colorado, this is their first time in Dillon, Colorado. And, it is the first time it has really captured our family’s attention. Fun and interactive art has become something of an interest for us in the past year. Ice Castles was founded by a father who moved with his family from California to the mountains. He then started building igloos and ice structures in his backyard for his daughter. This year’s display in Frisco takes up a little less than an acre and includes towers, tunnels, a fountain and a slide to crawl through. It is all made of ice in a castle like structure. There’s also a fire show on the weekends. But make sure to get over there soon as the Dillon Ice Castle opened late December and the castles typically last six to eight weeks!

Colorado Rocky Mountain Attractions
USA TODAY just voted the Haunted Mine Drop as Best New Amusement Park Attraction of 2017! Photo: Glenwood Adventure Park

Haunted Mine Drop at Glenwood Adventure Park

The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is one of our favorite family attractions on Colorado’s Western Slope. It combines the thrill of an adventure park with Colorado’s natural mountain environment. The Park recently upped their game with the new Haunted Mine Drop. The new thrill ride drops riders 110 feet down underground inside Iron Mountain. USA TODAY just voted the Haunted Mine Drop as the Best New Amusement Park Attraction of 2017! The Alpine Coaster and Laser Tag will probably continue to be our kids (ages 5 & 9) favorites for a while but thrill seekers are sure to love this new ride.

Other Colorado Rocky Mountain Attractions?

Did we miss any new attractions in the mountains of Colorado? Please let us know in the comments below.

From new alpine coasters to thrill rides and ice castles, there's sure to be something for everyone on our list of 2018 top 3 family attractions in the Colorado Rockies. #familyvacation #skiresorts #alpinecoasters #thrillrides

Must-Do Colorado Rocky Mountain Attractions for the Family in 2018

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.

2 thoughts on “Must-Do Colorado Rocky Mountain Attractions for the Family in 2018

  • January 31, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Colorado is a must for me. I haven’t been out there in ages, but your post has definitely inspired me. We are planning to do some USA exploration so this is being added! Thanks for joining Fly Away Friday! See you this Friday! 🙂

  • January 31, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Ooooh! I REALLY want to make it to Colorado this year. When’s the best time to visit? It’ll probably have to be summer or fall. Everyone raves about it and I LOVE all of your Instagram photos so I know it’s a must! Thanks for joining Fly Away Friday, hope to see you again this week! xo


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