Featuring an incredible location for snow sports in the winter, and offering majestic, one-of-a-kind views in the summer, visitors can find a great vacation in the Rocky Mountains all year round. While planning your next mountain vacation, consider these six family-friendly resorts where you and your loved ones can experience everything the Rockies have to offer.
Winding River Resort
Grand Lake, Colorado
With a slogan like “Making family memories since 1972,” the Winding River Resort provides visitors with opportunities to experience the wonder of the Rocky Mountains in the most natural and eye-opening ways possible. Seemingly woven into the natural landscape surrounding it, Winding River Resort offers a few cabins for guest use, but is also a popular camping destination for families to “rough it” in the Colorado Rockies. When you stay at the Winding River Resort, be prepared to experience nature head-on as the resort encourages guests to take an adventure through hiking, snowmobiling and horseback riding. To include the whole family, including some pets, Winding River Resort encourages guests to bring along their own horses to personalize their natural experiences. The natural opportunities are endless at this resort, and owners Wes and Marcia House, the founders and hosts, welcome guests with excitement and passion. (windingriverresort.com)
Three Bear Lodge
West Yellowstone, Montana
Located just two blocks from the West entrance of Yellowstone National Park, Three Bear Lodge has been a popular location since 1932. The resort lost a lot of its original character because of two devastating fires, the most recent in 2008, but great care was taken to salvage as much as possible, preserving the feel and character of the lodge. When staying at the lodge, you have three locations to choose from: the lodge, the ranch, and the motel.
- The lodge provides guests with traditional hotel rooms, but provides various Goldilocks and the Three Bears-themed rooms for families
- At the motel, you’ll find both one-bedroom and two-bedroom motel rooms complemented by the luxury of the rest of the resort
- Finally, the ranch, just a 10-minute drive from the rest of the resort, features log cabins and gives guests a chance to unplug and experience the beauty of the Rockies
Let the picturesque views and family-friendly atmosphere pull you in because a vacation at the Three Bear Lodge will prove unforgettable. (threebearlodge.com)
Redfish Lake Lodge
The hidden gem of natural Idaho, Redfish Lake Lodge has been a go-to vacation destination for families since its opening in 1929. A secluded, beautiful destination located about a three-hour drive east from Boise, Redfish Lake Lodge is nestled into the natural landscape of the Rocky Mountains. When staying at Redfish Lake Lodge, although you might expect rough, rustic lodging, you can choose from a few different cabins, all comfortably decorated to suit your needs. Also offered are motel rooms and suites, combining the rustic feel with modern comfort. The lodge also provides visitors with a few different restaurant choices, including Limbert’s and the Lakeside Grill, many offering locally caught fish and game. You will find no shortage of activities to take part in when visiting the lodge. Surrounded by mountains, the resort encourages guests to hike, bike and explore to their heart’s content. On the marina, guests are invited to swim, fish, and simply bask in the beauty of their surroundings. (redfishlake.com)
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole
Teton Village, Wyoming
The Four Seasons Resort in Jackson Hole combines luxury and natural beauty in one irresistible resort experience for the whole family. With rooms and suites facing the breathtaking mountains and the majestic Jackson Hole, you’ll never have a chance to be upset with your stay. If you’re traveling with young children, rooms can be childproofed upon request and children’s menus will be prepared in advance for your little ones so that everybody can fully enjoy their stay. While visiting, be sure to take advantage of everything that the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole offers concerning the surrounding landscape. Some activities include skiing and snowboarding at Jackson Hole Mountain, visiting the National Elk Refuge, and getting up close and personal with the wildlife of Wyoming at the Wildlife Safari. (fourseasonsresort.com/jacksonhole)
The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa
Comfortably surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, you’ll feel the perfect amount of seclusion during your stay at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa. With rooms ranging from traditional to three-bedroom residences, you’ll be able to find the right fit for your family regardless of size. The rooms are beautifully designed, feature spectacular views of the mountains, and, for a small fee, are pet friendly. During your visit, check out the opportunities at the Westin Family Kids Club, where kids are encouraged to get to know the Rocky Mountains through activities that get them outside and excited about nature. When staying at Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, make sure you experience everything the resort has to offer, including a heated outdoor pool, complimentary ski and snowboard storage and maintenance, snow sport lessons upon request, and a family-friendly Mexican restaurant, Maya. (westinriverfrontbeavercreek.com)
Sawmill Creek Condominiums
A 90-minute drive from downtown Denver, Breckenridge provides visitors with beautiful scenery and a small-town vibe unlike any other. Nestled into the mountains and an ideal location for both winter and summer vacations, stay at the Sawmill Creek Condominiums during your mountain retreat to Breckenridge. Consisting of rooms that sleep between 6 and 12, each room provides ample space for your family to spread out and enjoy your vacation. Rooms are comfortable decorated and each provides stunning views of either the mountains or the quaint town of Breckenridge. In the winter months, take a short walk to the BreckConnect Gondola that brings you to your skiing and snowboarding destination, Crystal Peak Lodge. The gondola runs year-round, and in the summer months, be sure to ride it to experience the one-of-a-kind alpine coaster offered at the lodge. (gwlodging.com)
Find year-round accommodations at each of these resorts to enjoy the beauty of the Rocky Mountains with your whole family.