We've said it over and over: getting outside with your family is one of the best things you can do for your mind, body and spirit. That said, we also understand that camping—that age-old ritual of packing the car full to capacity with gear, food and reluctant kids and driving off to an outdoor paradise full of biting bugs, far-off bathroom facilities and, again, those reluctant kids—can be, quite frankly, the worst. Camping with kids can be challenging (to say the least) but it's so important to get outside as a family. Outdoor family adventures can be enjoyable with a just little planning.
To live in Colorado is to thrive in the outdoors—in fact, Coloradans are rumored to be up earlier on weekends than they are on weekdays, just to get a jump on all the adventure this stunning state has to offer. But when you're planning adventures for the whole family, that incredible outdoor access can come with some real decision fatigue. Where should you go? What Colorado outdoor adventures should your family take on? How do you account for kids (and adults) of different ages and skill levels? What adventures are better suited for quick excursions and which should you plan a full weekend (or more) around?
==Oh, the places you'll go....at camp this summer! We're sharing our favorite local outdoor recreation areas in Colorado for the whole family so you can get outdoors and get active at the places we travel to at camp during the summer! These Colorado outdoor recreation areas are just the beginning of an active lifestyle.
According to the Child Mind Institute, children in the United States “spend 4 to 7 minutes a day in unstructured play outdoors, and over 7 hours a day in front of a screen.” Experts agree that outdoor time is incredibly beneficial for children (and their parents). Playing outside means kids are, “smarter, happier, more attentive, and less anxious than kids who spend more time indoors.” The health benefits of outdoor time are not just luxuries but as important as eating balanced meals, getting a good night's sleep and social, community ties.