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Find the Best Hotel for Your CO Winter Adventures

Posted on: January 2nd, 2019 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

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Winter time in Colorado is an exciting time, indeed. Whether you’re a fiend for the slopes or just like to see what the Rockies have to offer in all their snowy, wintery glory, there are countless adventures to be had all through the winter in this great state. But figuring out where you want to stay during your Colorado winter adventures can be a…. slightly less thrilling prospect. As your Denver auto body shop, we know there are so many choices, and given the unpredictability of the mountain weather this time of year, it’s important to have a spot you know can be flexible should you get snowed in an extra day (or two). Depending on what kind of experience you’re going for, there are a number of Colorado winter lodging options you can look at to create the perfect backdrop and home base for whatever you get up to in the city or the mountains this winter.

City Living

Hanging in the city has its perks. If you’re Denver-bound for a vacation or staycation, there’s always the chance you’ll get 6 inches of snow one day only to have it melt away with 60-degree temperatures three days later. If not, you’ll at least have plenty to explore in the way of good food, gorgeous museums, and countless breweries. There are a number of excellent hotels in Denver, but if you’re looking for a unique experience that exemplifies the artsy side of Denver, we’d recommend the Art, a Hotel downtown, or Moxy in Cherry Creek.

Resort Life

If spending all your free time on the slopes is your idea of the perfect Colorado winter lodging, then you’re probably familiar with ski resorts. If you can swing it, the resorts directly tied to the mountain you’ll be shredding up all day is a perfect choice and lets you really soak up the whole ski bum experience.

Get Eclectic

If you’re looking for something a little more local when you head to the mountains, try an Airbnb. It’s a great way to get a different perspective on wherever you’re visiting, and often hosts have recommendations for places to eat, visit, and check out while you’re there. You never know, you might just find a new favorite, or discover a fun new winter activity you hadn’t thought of trying before! There are also a number of boutique inns that offer different experiences than your average hotel or lodge, like the Distillery Inn in Carbondale, a 5-bedroom inn attached to Marble Distilling, for those winter tasting sessions that keep you a little too warm.

Mountain Lodge

Maybe living the ski bum life isn’t quite in your budget, but you still want that classic mountain experience, there are a number of mountain lodges that aren’t directly affiliated with the slopes they’re closest to that might offer a more affordable price and a slightly more rustic experience. Shop around and see the cool features lodges offer for yourself!

The Classics

When all else fails, there are always the family-friendly classics like Holiday Inn Express, or the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. These won’t be so robust on the features or unique decor, but they are a tried and true option for the weary traveler who got caught in the snow or just needs a place to rest their head for the night before heading onto the next adventure.

No matter what you’re looking for, there is lodging to suit your needs in Colorado. Where are your favorite places to stay when you get to adventuring in the winter?

Be Prepared for All Seasons

Posted on: November 8th, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

automotive preparednessAll Season Automotive Preparedness

Part of owning a vehicle is knowing how to be prepared. As your auto body shop about preparing yourself for different scenarios, but today we want to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Rather than getting prepared for a specific situation, have you done a year-round check on your automotive preparedness recently? If you don’t know what you’re dealing with, consider the following things to make sure you and your vehicle are ready for whatever is thrown your way, no matter what season it might be.

Have Winter Tires

All-season tires won’t do the trick when it comes to all season automotive preparedness. Especially in the Front Range where the winters can get a little hairy, and if you plan on heading to the mountains at all, it’s important to have tires specifically designed to handle not only cold weather, but ice and snow as well. All-season tires can handle a mild winter, but it’s safer (and better) to swap out those regular or all-season tires for winter ones around Thanksgiving when the weather is starting to turn for the colder/snowier for the season.

Keep up With Regular Maintenance

This is one of the biggest, most important things we can recommend to any vehicle owner. Keeping up with regular maintenance (tire rotations, oil changes, etc) will not only extend the life of your vehicle, but it will allow you to catch anything that might be wrong before you find out the hard way.

Watch the Gas Tank

This applies year round, but it becomes more relevant as the temperatures cool and you find yourself facing frost in the mornings more often than not. With colder temperatures, you run the risk of your fuel freezing or gelling more easily, not to mention the dangers of running out of gas in the middle of nowhere or when you aren’t near a gas station if the temps are below freezing. We always recommend keeping your gas tank above 1/2 full, but that recommendation becomes more of a requirement when winter rolls around. Trust us, you can thank us later.

Emergency Kit

We know we’ve talked about this one before, but there really aren’t enough times to really drive home how important it is to have an emergency kit fully stocked in your vehicle at all times. What you need might differ from season to season, but we always think it’s best to keep a season-proof version available, so no matter when something goes wrong, you are fully prepared to handle it. It doesn’t hurt to test the things in the kit now and then, too, to make sure they are still working like you’d need them to in case of an emergency. Jumper cables, a tire jack, flashlights, a tool kit, food, clothes, blankets, a crank radio, and spare tires are all good choice to have stocked.

Don’t Neglect Registration

This almost goes along with regular maintenance, but few things hurt worse than getting pulled over only to realize you waited too long to get your vehicle’s registration renewed. Keep a recurring event on your calendar to remind you annually when this needs to be done (maybe put it in there a few times in case you forget) and make sure to renew it before your grace period ends. Most of the time, you can order it online and receive it in the mail without having to bother with the DMV, but if you need to make a trip there, be sure to allow yourself enough time. We all know how it goes at the DMV.

With these tips in mind, you can feel confident as the proud owner of your vehicle that you are prepared to handle anything the seasons might throw at you. What are your must-haves to keep your car/truck/van/SUV prepared year round?

Road Tripping on a Budget

Posted on: August 31st, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

Road Tripping on a BudgetBack-to-school season marks the end of road trip season for many, but just because those days of letting the miles rack up with your windows rolled down and your music blaring loudly enough to drown out any missed notes from your belted rendition are coming to an end, doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in a few more before winter hits and the desire to be on the road for longer than necessary slips away. However, with back-to-school season often comes back-to-school expenses, making those road trips a little harder to fit into the budget. If you’re looking to get away for a weekend, but don’t know if you can handle the cost, here are a few of our best tips to save some money and see the sights while you’re at it.

Pay Attention to Mileage

If you’ve got an option between vehicles, and one has better gas mileage – go with that vehicle. You’ll find yourself filling up at the pump less often, and with gas prices these days, we all know how seriously that can save you cash. Keep this in mind when planning your routes, too. Taking the highway at a non-peak time, when you’ll be able to zoom on through without all the stopping and starting associated with in-town or rush hour driving will help you make the most of that tank of gas, and thus the dollars in your pocket.

Pre-Make Snacks

Gas station munchies are great, don’t get us wrong, but if you’re looking to spend less cash, packing up some stuff you already have in your house before you hit the road will save you big time in the long run. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to pack up some more nutrient-dense options like veggie packs or Babybel cheese wheels that keep you full longer and help you avoid classic travel belly.

Be Open to Lodging

Don’t feel tied to the traditional hotel experience. Sometimes, this may be the cheapest option, but sometimes, you might find something for a great price on Airbnb, VRBO, or similar sites, and get to experience your desired destination from a whole new perspective. Being open to alternative lodging options can save you big money and level up your experience, depending on what you’re looking for, where, and when.

Pack a Tent

While we’re on the thought train of alternative lodging options, if you’re traveling around Colorado this fall, and you’re a fan of the outdoors, pack yourself a tent! There are plenty of free camping options in the state, and countless more you can stay in for a fraction of the cost of a hotel or Airbnb/similar rental option. Just beware of wildlife activity and be sure to follow the rules of any and all campsites you decide to bunk up in.

Watch Those Speed Limits

Nothing sets you back a pretty penny quite like getting a speeding ticket in the middle of what was supposed to be a fun, carefree adventure. Keep an eye on speed limits, and be sure to adhere to them whatever they may be. They’re there for a reason, to keep you and those around you safe. While you’re in road sign vigilance mode, we’d also suggest paying attention to all signage on the road, especially if you’re getting into the mountains. It’s there to keep you aware of what you may be dealing with on the road ahead, and anything that helps you avoid a costly crash is a big plus when you’re penny-pinching your way through a road trip.

Just because you’re taking a couple of days to explore the world around you via your vehicle doesn’t mean it needs to cost you an arm and a leg. Using these tips should keep you safe, keep your costs low, and keep your road trip fun at an all-time high. What are your favorite ways to make your road trips a little more affordable?

Denver to Salt Lake City Road Trip

Posted on: July 31st, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

Denver Salt Lake Road TripWe’re nearing the end of summer, but there’s still plenty of time to get in those weekend trips and explore more of the country with your family, friends, or riding solo before fall hits and the temperatures start to drop. One of the best things about living in Colorado is the abundance of gorgeous spots in and around the state, and the stunning states we get to call our neighbors. One of those in particular that offers breathtaking views and a hiker’s paradise is Utah. If you’ve ever been to Moab, you know just how true that is, but if you keep on trucking to Salt Lake City, you’ll find plenty of hidden gems there, too.

Quick Weekend

The bright side of being so close to Utah and Salt Lake is that you can pack up and make a quick weekend trip of it without feeling like you have no time to explore while you’re at it. You could head out Friday morning, be in Salt Lake City by Friday night, and head back Sunday afternoon without feeling jipped with too much travel, and in a world where extracurricular and summertime activities fill up schedules quickly, that kind of maximization of time is priceless.

Scenic Routes

You can easily take I-80 on over and call it a day, but the beauty of the Wild West is that there are a number of other routes you can take as well, some that offer much more impressive scenery with the addition of just a couple of hours onto your drive time. You can also take I-70 up through the mountains, a twistier, turnier option but with much prettier views and only about an extra hour of drive time.

The Great Salt Lake

Of course, there is plenty to do in Salt Lake City itself, but one of the main attractions, we’re sure you won’t be surprised to find, is indeed, the lake after which the city is named. As the largest saltwater lake in the Western hemisphere, it’s about the closest thing you’ll get to the ocean without actually heading to a coast and dipping your toes in the real deal. There are plenty of activities to take part in on and around the lake, even if that’s the only destination you hit for a fun family weekend, you’ll be anything but bored.

Outdoor Fix

And of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the many, many miles of hiking available around the area? Moab isn’t the only outdoorsperson hot spot in the great state of Utah. There are places like Willow and White Pine Lake that are stunning mountain lakes to rival even some of what you’re used to if you explore in Colorado frequently. There are canyons and waterfalls and high-elevation trails that overlook that Great Salt Lake. In short, there’s something for everyone, water or trail or peak lover alike.

No matter what it is about Utah that piques your interest, there are plenty of things to soak up in Salt Lake City. Got plans this weekend? What are you waiting for? Pack up the family and head out, make some memories in the great outdoors and check another state off your list of places to travel.

Best Burgers in Colorado

Posted on: July 6th, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

best burgers in coloradoWhat’s summer without goodies fresh off the grill? The search for an amazing burger is a staple to many road trips and city explorations all year round, but there’s something extra special about discovering a particularly delicious patty after a long hike in the Rocky Mountains or simply sitting under the summer sun and getting your indulge on. There are so many good burger places to choose from around the Front Range, and each offers its own take on a true classic, so where do you go? While we encourage trying your hand at as many spots as possible to form your own opinions, here are some of our all-time favorites in Colorado.

The Cherry Cricket

A Denver staple, and for very, very good reason, The Cherry Cricket is the epitome of delicious, greasy bar food. All of their burgers are excellent and are fairly customizable to suit your individual tastes. If you’re looking for a pro tip, splurging for the bison burger is a next level move here – your tastebuds can thank us later.

Skirted Heifer

Right smack-dab in the middle of downtown Colorado Springs, the Skirted Heifer is second to none. What makes this burger so delicious, you ask? Well, they pile on the cheese and cook the burger in such a way that it literally melts down and creates a toasted-cheese “skirt” around the bottom of the burger. It’s simple, it’s freaking amazing, and it will change the way you view cheeseburgers forever. Their classic custard is pretty good, too. Chow down here after tackling the intense Manitou Incline and you’ll swear a burger has never tasted so good.

Blackbelly

In true Boulder fashion, this market and the burger you’ll get inside is all about local. From a Real Dill pickle on the side to the infamous thick-cut bacon from their very own butcher shop (if you’ve lived here for awhile and like to sample the culinary offerings the Denver/Boulder area is brimming with, you’ve likely seen this brand on menus around the city before – yeah, it’s THAT bacon, fresher than anywhere else). It’s hard to beat the commitment to local, sustainable, and fresh food that you’ll get at this burger joint, so if that kind of community awareness and support is your shtick, we highly recommend giving this spot a shot.

Grind

Along the same lines as Blackbelly, Grind in Glenwood Springs offers a local, sustainable approach to the classic burger. They go so far as to say that they grind each burger they serve themselves (hence the name!) to ensure your health and quality flavor is at the forefront of your dining experience. They also offer a delicious vegetarian option in their “Mayan” burger, a house-made black bean patty that packs a flavorful punch without any of the, you know, meat. Grind aims to be the kind of place you can hang around for hours with your friends, so if you’re looking to try them out, make sure to book out some time to get the full experience.

We know, we know, we’ve barely grazed (excuse the pun) the surface when it comes to the burger offerings available in Colorado and the front range, but armed with these hot spots, you can build a solid burger foundation from which you can go, expand, and make your own decisions. Look, we’d have mentioned Shake Shack, but the East Coast staple isn’t quite as Coloradan, and honestly, we’re just waiting for In N Out to make it’s proper debut before we even touch that particular burger battle. Happy burger exploring, everyone!

Classic Ballparks: Plan Your Trip

Posted on: April 27th, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

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Baseball season has arrived and you know what that means – it’s time to start planning your dream list of fields and stadiums to visit before the season ends. There’s nothing quite as summery as enjoying a hot dog and nachos while sitting in the sun and watching a good, old-fashioned baseball game. It’s a historic pastime in America and along with the classic game comes countless (ok, you can count them – there are 30) gorgeous stadiums in beautiful cities around the nation to check out. As your Denver auto body repair team, we put together a line up below – with some gorgeous destination cities and some stunning stadiums with impressive history to check out.

Wrigley Field

I mean, come on – is it even possible to write a piece about classic ballparks without including this gem? One look at the ivy-covered walls and one step inside is all it takes to feel like you’re really, truly at a baseball game. There’s a lot of history in this field, and a lot of energy to go along with it. Whether or not you’re a Cubbie fan, this one is worth the trip – it’s a one-of-a-kind experience.

Petco Park

Ok, so maybe we mostly put this one on the list because San Diego is essentially heaven on earth, but can you blame us? It’s also a gorgeous park, and since San Diego has had a bit of a rough go what with the Chargers leaving and heading up to Los Angeles, it’s extra-important to get out there and support the city’s sports teams. Plus, similar to Denver, the craft beer selection is top notch.

Kauffman Stadium

Kansas City is a doable day-drive at just 8 hours from the Denver metro area, so we had to include this stadium on our list for those weekend warriors out there. And, hey, the stadium has a waterfall – that’s pretty cool, right? The home team may not be living up to the world-championship title they garnered a few years back, but it’s hard to pass up some classic midwest baseball and arguably the best barbecue you’ll ever taste.

Safeco Field

Look, we know, we know. The Mariners haven’t exactly been the most exciting team to watch in recent years, but isn’t a trip to Seattle worth it? Plus, the stadium itself is gorgeous and where else can you find a ballpark that offers sushi (fresh, edible sushi) to go along with your viewing experience? It’s a must-see (and a must-eat) regardless of how well the team itself may (or may not) be doing.

AT&T Park (Giants)

It’s almost annoying, really, how good San Francisco is at so many things. We tried not to bring AT&T park into this, really, we did, but we couldn’t help ourselves. It’s a classic, through and through. From the iconic Coca-Cola bottle feature to the unforgettable McCovey Cove in right field, all the way to stunning view of the bay, it’s hard to compete with this one.

Coors Field

Once you get home, why not take a trip to every Denverite’s favorite – Coors Field right here in downtown Denver. It doesn’t exactly call for a roadtrip, but it sure makes a good cherry on top moment to finish off your epic classic ballpark tour of 2018. What are your favorite fields and must-sees this baseball season?

Spring Getaways

Posted on: April 5th, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

spring getawaysSpring is upon us, and though the weather may sometimes say otherwise, that means it’s time to start planning some fun seasonal getaways to welcome in the greener scenery and warmer temps. Not sure what to do this season before summer vacation time hits? We’ve got a few ideas that might be worth looking into!

Head South

The Denver metro area might still be facing a little bit of back and forth on the spring temperatures versus winter weather right now, but if you head south to Arizona, New Mexico, or even just Southern Colorado, you might be pleased to find warmer temps and more consistent sunshine without the potential of impending snow. Sure, there are plenty of people who subscribe to the “head south for winter” ideology, but why not spend a little time Southbound for the spring?

Baseball Season

One of the best parts of spring? Baseball season returns! Whether you’re a die hard opening day-er or just like to enjoy some of the first games of America’s greatest pastime, now’s the time to get your tickets and get ready to see your favorite team hit a few out of the park (hopefully!). Baseball season started a little early this year, with the official opening day being March 29, and our own Colorado Rockies having their first game on April 6, but if you missed the first couple of milestones, there’s nothing saying you can’t hop in now and get your swing, batter, batter on for the rest of the spring! Might we recommend rock pile tickets if you want to enjoy our hometown team without breaking the bank?

Get Your Hike On

It’s finally getting warmer out – and that means the snow and ice on the trails in the front range are starting to melt. There may even be trails on the Western slope or in southern Colorado that are completely dry and even a little warm, ready for you to lace up those hiking boots and explore a little more. Look, we get it, when winter rears its head, it’s often easier to bundle up at home than get out there and explore in the frigid mountain temperatures, but now that everything’s starting to thaw and warm up, the time to put some miles on your vehicle and your favorite pair of hiking shoes is now! Plan a quick weekend trip or take a couple of days off and do some serious trailblazing.

Spring is always a little strange in the Front Range, what with the indecisive weather and sometimes-beautiful, sometimes-freezing temperatures, but as the flowers start blooming and the trees begin budding once again, it can be one of the most beautiful times to explore, check out some sports, or just soak up those rays of sunlight you missed out on in the drearier parts of the winter months.

Colorado Must-Ski Places Before the Season Ends

Posted on: March 7th, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

colorado must ski placesWe’re inching our way closer to spring here in the Front Range, but the ski season in the mountains is far from over. If you’ve been contemplating hitting the slopes but aren’t sure where to go, let us help out. Here are some of our favorite ski spots in the state.

Copper Mountain

There’s a reason this one’s a classic, Copper Mountain employs tons of snowmaking, allowing you to stay out there longer, regardless of weather conditions. This is an awesome spot for intermediate skiiers and boarders, with a pretty even mix of beginner and intermediate runs – with over half of the runs being labeled as advanced/expert, beginners may want to take it slow or start elsewhere.

Steamboat

Steamboat is a great destination year round, but especially during ski season. The quaint mountain town offers plenty of activities (and the hot springs just outside of town!) for your post-slope entertainment, but it’s hard to beat the views and atmosphere in Steamboat.

Vail

When you think “skiing” you think Vail (okay, and Aspen and Breckenridge, but still…), and for good reason. It’s a gorgeous spot that’s extremely popular from the day the slopes open to the day they close up shop until next year. Vail and Aspen are hot spots for not only locals but celebrities who vacation in the mountains, too. If you’re cool with crowds, you could be skiing with the stars. And even if you don’t manage to spot Kate Hudson or Chelsea Handler on the slopes, there’s still plenty of reasons to love Vail, from the expertly groomed runs to the true mountain resort atmosphere.

Aspen

Another iconic ski hot spot, and for good reason. Aspen Highlands is reputed as Colorado’s best steep-mountain, in bounds skiing. The scenic summit offers gorgeous views while the runs themselves offer something for the whole family, though with over 50% expert and advanced trails, it certainly caters to the thrill seeker in us all.

Telluride

It’s a jaunt to get there from the Denver Metro area, but it’s oh-so-worth-it. The tiny town is adorable and the main street running through it looks up into the mountains in an awe-inspiring kind of way – and that’s just on the ground. The views of the San Juans from the top are second to none. Telluride is another spot where you can find movie stars hanging out in their massive mountainside mansions and hitting the slopes for their big vacations. It’s hard not to love Telluride year-round, but it shines extra bright in the winter for all you ski and snowboarders out there.

Heading into the mountains and getting your skis dug into a fresh powder day is like nothing else, but remember to drive safely on your way up and down the mountain! If you find yourself in an accident and need auto body repair work done, we’ve got your back, just give us a call.

Winter Road Trip Fun in Gunnison, CO

Posted on: January 31st, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

things to do in gunnisonThings to do in Gunnison

Winter equals hibernation for some, but in Colorado there’s still plenty to keep your attention no matter how cold or snowy it gets. If you’re a year-round explorer and are looking for some new winter adventures in this great state of ours, give Gunnison a shot. In the summer it’s well known for the reservoir and the Gunnison River, but the city and surrounding areas shine in the winter, too. As your Denver auto body repair shop, here are a few of our favorite things to do in Gunnison and the surrounding area if you’re itching for a winter wonderland kind of road trip.

Gunnison Nordic Center

When looking for things to do in Gunnison, the Nordic Center is one of the greatest winter attractions in the state if you’re looking for some cold-weather fun but hitting the slopes isn’t exactly your kind of adrenaline rush. With fun for the whole family, and miles of groomed trails just ready for all your wildest snow-shoeing and cross country skiing dreams.

Ohio City and Pitkin

Nearby Ohio City and Pitkin are well known ghost towns that have an extra chill in the air and an extra dose of spooky in the winter. Because the areas are less-trafficked during the winter, it’s a great time to go get your haunt on in a slightly more personal way. These two in particular are extremely well-preserved ghost towns, contributing even more to the eerie feeling that someone ought to be there even though they aren’t.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Only 30 miles from the resort, Gunnison is a great place to settle in for the nights when you’re done with the slopes. After all, just because you’re skiing or shredding at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort doesn’t mean you can’t get your fill of more of what Colorado has to offer by hanging out in Gunnison afterward.

Monarch Mountain

Just 45 miles outside of Gunnison is Monarch Mountain, another gorgeous sight offering plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities year-round. Of course, if you’re hiking around here in the dead of winter, you might want to make sure you’ve got your Yak Trax on hand, or are otherwise fully prepared to fight an uphill battle (literally) with ice. Still, if a little borderline-harrowing adventure doesn’t freak you out, Monarch’s views are certainly worth the work.

So there’s snow on the ground and a chill in the air – that doesn’t mean you have to stop exploring. If you’ve ever been to Gunnison in the winter, what are your favorite parts of the charming Colorado town?

Hidden Corners: Colorado Holiday Gems

Posted on: December 22nd, 2017 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

Colorado Holiday GemsThe holiday season is upon us (and barreling by at impressive speed) but just because we’re fast approaching Christmas and New Year’s doesn’t mean you’re out of time to spend time with some Colorado holiday gems, some which are hidden! Looking for a great place to take a day off with family or visitors from out of town? Check out these hot spots and make this holiday season an extra magical one for you and yours.

The Broadmoor Gingerbread Chapel

Is there anything cooler than seeing something edible (albeit at 3.7 million calories, it’s probably not something you’d really want to indulge in) that towers over you? The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs features a 12-foot tall, 150 square foot gingerbread and candy confection masterpiece that will be up in the lobby until January 2. Since this year’s creation is their biggest yet, you definitely don’t want to miss out.

Downtown Denver New Year’s Eve Fireworks

If you’re looking for a classic New Year’s Eve experience, look no further than downtown Denver. The fireworks display on the 16th street mall is the picturesque NYE experience and quite an impressive display, we might add. Sure, the crowds are wild, but the electricity of being surrounded by a massive crowd of people ringing in the new year and shouting out that countdown together is hard to beat. We can’t wait to see what impressive stops they pull out this year to wow us as we head into 2018

Polar Express Train Ride

You’ve seen the movie (probably over 100 times if you have kids) now experience the real thing. In Durango, you’ll find the Polar Express just waiting for you to hop on and have your own magical train ride. Though there are only single tickets left for this years’ rides, and only a few rides left in the year, tickets for 2018 go on sale next August so mark your calendars (or just head down to take a look and take it in, it’s truly an exceptional sight.)

The Denver Zoo Lights

For kids and adults alike, the Denver Zoo Lights are a must-see (just make sure you grab a hot cocoa while you’re there, too). The displays are spectacular and walking all around the zoo at night to soak it in is a fun way to create memories for the whole family. There’s no quicker way to feel like you’ve entered a winter wonderland (or maybe an elf’s fever dream) than the intricate, creative displays from the electric jungle to the sea of lights and more, the whole crew will love walking through over 60 acres of sensational lights.

Whether you’re traveling far or staying close to home this holiday season, there’s plenty of fun activities to get you in the spirit and ensure the whole family has new memories that will last for years to come. Colorado has fantastic hot spots to hit year-round and the most wonderful time of year is no exception! What are your favorite holiday must-dos in Colorado?