When your grown-up kids take you for a hike in the mountains
At the top of the East Maroon Pass

When your grown-up kids take you for a hike in the mountains

I always suggest parents and grandparents let the kids lead some of the time on vacation, even when they are in grade school. They will take you in unexpected directions

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Yurts Give Families a Modern Alternative to Camping at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch
Lollygagging with the Llamas

Yurts Give Families a Modern Alternative to Camping at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch

By staying in a yurt at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, you can enjoy the outdoors without the annoyances of lurking bears, determined bugs and cumbersome sleeping bags.

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Hiking Crested Butte to Aspen – again – the good, the bad and the better
At the top of the East Maroon Pass

Hiking Crested Butte to Aspen – again – the good, the bad and the better

If I’ve learned one thing from travel—especially with kids—is that you have to take the bad with the good. That’s a good lesson for the kids to learn, along the way, of course. And perhaps there is no better time to remind you of that adage than on an outdoor adventure. We certainly were reminded on the hiking trail.

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Fall is a fine time to take the kids and family to see Colorado’s beauty
The Maroon Bells in fall foliage near Aspen

Fall is a fine time to take the kids and family to see Colorado’s beauty

Fall, in fact, we discovered, is a terrific time to gather the grown gang in Colorado. The days are sunny — warm enough for stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking — and the evenings crisp. There’s plenty to do, whether you want to browse in Aspen’s shops, peruse the Saturday farmer’s market, hike or bike or even attend a film festiva

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