National Parks / Natural World in Colorado with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Centennial State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Colorado offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Colorado itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Dinosaur National Monument

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    Dinosaur

    An amazing look into the dinosaur past, with remains still lying where they once roamed. Kids can discover fragments of a lost world among the deep canyons, desert, and mountains.

  • Royal Gorge Bridge And Park

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    Canon City

    Visit Colorado's Natural Wonder where looking UP is just as incredible as looking DOWN! Rides, attractions, and America's highest suspension bridge!

  • Great Sand Dunes

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    Mosca

    Explore the tallest dunes in North America! Whether hiking, sliding, exploring in a dunes wheelchair - or simply playing - the Great Sand Dunes are a unique wilderness area protected for all to ...

  • Denver Botanic Gardens York St

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    Denver

    Dig, explore and play at one of the top five botanic gardens in the country! Acres ready for outdoor fun, and even a 3-acre garden just for them.

  • Black Canyon Of The Gunnison

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    Gunnison

    The Black Canyon of the Gunnisons unique and spectacular landscape was formed slowly by the action of water and rock scouring down through hard Proterozoic crystalline rock. No other canyon in ...

  • Crow Canyon Archeological Center

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    Cortez

    The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, located in southwestern Colorado, is dedicated to understanding, teaching, and preserving the rich history of the ancestral Pueblo Indians (also called the ...

  • Garden Of The Gods

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    Colorado Springs

    A beautiful day out in the Colorado nature, both educational and active for the entire family, especially the kids.

  • Pikes Peak

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    Cascade

    The most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world, Pikes Peak is a stunning experience for the whole family in Colorado. Great drives, amazing biking trails ...

  • Seven Falls

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    Colorado Springs

    Feed the rainbow trout, View wildlife throughout the canyon, Climb the two sets of stairs, Use viewers for spectacular scenes from the Eagles Nest, Enjoy numerous educational exhibits, Walk the two ...

  • The Paint Mines Interpretive Park

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    Calhan

    Rich social, natural and geological histories for kids to learn about, with surreal and diverse landscapes of Colorado to marvel at!

  • Mesa Verde National Park

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    Mesa Verde

    An amazing UNESCO historical site in Colorado with 600 cliff dwellings, dating from AD 600. A fascinating look into history for the family day out!

  • Denver City Park

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    Denver

    Denver's premier park is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor play, lakes, museums, a zoo, historical monuments and picnic sites!

  • Aurora Reservoir

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    Aurora

    800 acres of water surface to play on, with boating, fishing, and SCUBA diving, as well as cycling, wildlife, and a swim beach!

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  • Kit Carson Carousel Museum

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    Stratton

    Of the nearly 4000 wooden carousels carved in America between 1885 and the 1930s, fewer than 150 are still in existence. Kit Carson County and the Kit Carson County Carousel Association have ...

  • Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum

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    Golden

    Transport back to the old west with this Buffalo Bill Museum with memorabilia from the life of one of the world's most infamous outlaws. Great family fun with Wild West Show, and Old West artifacts.

  • Childrens Museum of Denver

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    Denver

    Amazing hands-on adventures and discoveries for kids in this interactive museum, where they can create, learn, play and explore! Great creative fun in Denver, Colorado for the family.

  • The Colorado Railroad Museum

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    Golden

    Lose track of time year round at the Depot Museum featuring over 100 engines, cabooses and coaches. Frequent train ride opportunities throughout the year for guests to ride behind a vintage steam ...

  • Denver Art Museum

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    Denver

    There's a lot to see and do at this Denver art museum, from world-class art collection to special events, to kid-friendly areas and activities!

  • Denver Firefighters Museum

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    Denver

    Follow the bootprints of a firefighter on a tour of the Museum. Learn about the equipment firefighters used, how firefighters used horses and dogs to help fight fires, see real fire trucks and ...

  • Denver Museum Of Nature and Science

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    Denver

    A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe, respectively.

  • The Molly Brown House Museum

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    Denver

    The mission of Historic Denver's Molly Brown House Museum is to accurately portray the story of Margaret Tobin Brown within the context of her lifetime through ongoing research, artifact collection, ...

  • Leanin Tree Museum of Western Art

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    Boulder

    Come sit on the bronze donkey, or bronze saddle in our Outdoor Sculpture Garden. Come inside to see all the crazy cowboy humor inside the Museum. Both are FREE.

  • Fort Morgan Museum

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    Morgan

    he Fort Morgan Museum tells the story of Fort Morgan and Morgan County through permanent and temporary exhibits that showcase the museum's collection. It also takes advantage of traveling exhibits ...

  • Buell Childrens Museum

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    Pueblo

    This 12,000 square-foot, two-level facility offers innovative, hands-on exhibits focusing on the arts, science and history for people ages 1 to 101. One of the many fun family places to go if you're ...

  • El Pueblo History Museum

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    Pueblo

    The "Cultural Crossroads on the Arkansas," El Pueblo History Museum has always been a gathering place for diverse people and cultures. The site includes an 1840s-style adobe trading post and plaza, ...

  • Trinidad History Museum

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    Trinidad

    Explore Trinidad's past and its place in the American West at the Trinidad History Museum. The museum features several attractions on one block in Trinidad's acclaimed historic district.

  • Koshare Indian Museum

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    La Junta

    The museum is unusual in that it was built by a Boy Scout troop under the inspired leadership of our founder, James Francis "Buck" Burshears, and the original 1949 structure is a registered state ...

  • Louden-Henritze Archaeology Museum

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    Trinidad

    The museum offers visitors a unique look at millions of years of the area's history. On display are: * early geological formations * plant & marine-animal fossils * a dinosaur ...

  • Rosemont Museum

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    Pueblo

    Built in 1893, this 37-room mansion was home to the John A. and Margaret Thatcher family and named for Mrs. Thatcher's favorite flower. It remained a family residence for 75 years. Designed by noted ...

  • The Childrens Museum of Durango

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    Durango

    The Children's Museum of Durango is located on the second floor of the Durango Arts Center in historic downtown Durango. The 1,100 square foot exhibit gallery is packed with interesting things for ...

  • Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

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    Durango

    Relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.Durango was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1879. The ...

  • Ghost Town Museum

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    Colorado Springs

    Head back into the late 1800's and early 1900's at this amazing western museum - a true preservation of Colorado's past. A fun and historic family experience!

  • The Wildlife Experience

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    Parker

    The Wildlife Experience is an educational and entertaining museum that connects visitors with wildlife and habitats in a fun learning environment! A unique blend of interactive exhibits, large ...

  • Wings Over the Rockies

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    Denver

    If your looking for high flying aerobatics, loud airplanes, and fun for the kids, come join us this summer when we attend air shows and fly-ins through out Colorado. We offer a variety of hands on ...

  • WOW Childrens Museum

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    Lafayette

    Unique learning experiences for kids at this Colorado museum, with hands-on experiences for kids aged 1 to 11!