Tips for the Best Colorado Fall Drive & Family Adventure

You just can't beat Fall color in Colorado!  When those Aspen trees turn brilliant gold, and contrast against the Rocky Mountain evergreens... it's a breathtaking sight to behold.  Here's my "Insider List" of where the locals consider the best Colorado Fall drive.  Plus my tips on exploring a bit off the beaten path, and how to keep your kids excited about this awesome family outdoor adventure. A year-round outdoor lover, I'd have to say that fall is my absolute favorite season in Colorado.  I've polled the experts, and seen many of these for myself.  Here's my Insider List of best fall drives. Top 5 Colorado Fall Drives NORTHERN - Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park CENTRAL - Kebler Pass, part of the West Elk Loop that ends in fun ski town Crested Butte CENTRAL - Grand Mesa Byway (My favorite! More on this below), 45 minutes from Grand Junction SOUTHERN - Last Dollar Road, from Ridgeway to Telluride, both awesome mountain towns DENVER AREA - Guanella … [Read more...]

Keep Bugs Away With Insect Shield Clothing

Did you know there's an awesome fabric technology available that repels insects?  This season I've noticed many of the outdoor gear brands have started incorporating it in with their product line. Insect Shield clothing allows you to keep bugs away, and avoid having to use sprays and lotions which can be stinky, too strong for sensitive skin, and at times ineffectual. Insect Shield is actually a proprietary permethrin formula that is tightly bound to fabric fibers.  It's completely odorless, and offers long-lasting, effective and convenient protection.  Insect Shield apparel has been proven and registered to repel mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums). A concern for many, especially during the summer months when we often spend more time outdoors, is ticks.  In one of my more popular blog posts Tick Safety for Families This Outdoor Season, I mentioned Insect Shield technology as a good option to try. Now my family and I have had a chance to test out … [Read more...]

Chasing Wild Horses

Have you ever seen wild horses... living and running free? Did you know such a thing still existed? Here in the Wild West, you *can* still find wild horse herds.  Exciting, isn't it?! (Or is it just me... the girl who used to cry herself to sleep at night, in wont of her own horse?) There are even a few dedicated sections of government owned land set aside as wild horse preserves, to protect these lovely creatures.  Located in Western Colorado, the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Refuge is one of three such ranges in the United States. Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Refuge There are a few rules to accessing and enjoying the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Refuge area, but for the most part they let outdoor enthusiasts have at it.  You can camp, hike, and horseback ride through this preserve... enjoying the scenery while you pursue your Ultimate Quest:  viewing wild horses. Horses were re-introduced (post Ice Age) to North America by the Spaniards in the 1500's.  Known as … [Read more...]

Day Trip to Arches National Park

Just outside of the charming town of Radiator Springs... er... I mean Moab, Utah... sits the majestic Arches National Park.   Being an easy drive away from our home, my family likes to day trip here.  Especially during the Spring months, before that desert climate starts to really heat up those lovely red rocks, and the temperatures effortlessly soar above 100 degrees. Wait...is this the real Radiator Springs? I can't help but think of Disney's Cars every time we are in this area.   Here you'll find the Southwest's grand open vistas decorated with red rock formations, which were clearly the inspiration for the movie's setting.  This is the REAL Radiator Springs, people!  As proof of my theory, we spotted this on our way there - at the Crescent Junction, turnoff. After posting this to instagram, my Utah outdoor blogger friend Melissa (Adventure Tykes) let me know that Mater is often nearby, too.  Shoot, we missed him.  He musta been out tractor tippin'. Our Day Trip to Arches … [Read more...]

Relax in Colorado’s Hot Springs Pools Year Round

Not just for après- ski, soaking in one of Colorado's naturally heated, outdoor hot springs pools  can be a relaxing delight.  This is a fun way to spend the day for entire families, young and old alike, even in the wintertime.  Heck, especially in the winter! Pools here are fed by natural hot springs geothermal water, and contain numerous therapeutic minerals.  This is a great place to swim, soak, and relax. Colorado's Hot Springs Pools ~ Types & Locations You'll find a wide range of locations offering "hot springs pools" in Colorado, which can vary in size and available amenities.  Many campgrounds and lodges have their own small hillside soaking tubs. But for a family with kids, we typically head to the full blown, larger pool establishments... complete with lockers, showers, changing rooms, and pool sections of varying temperatures for easily controlling our kids body temperatures during the experiences. The largest pool section is of a moderate temperature, … [Read more...]

Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature

Love the concept of your kids playing outside more, but need some creative fuel to get the "what can we play?" juices going? Recently published, The Kids Outdoor Adventure Book:  448 Great Things To Do in Nature Before You Grow Up is a great book full of fun ideas, and definitely worth taking a look at. The Kids Outdoor Adventure Book ~ Layout Divided in sections by the season (yes, that's right... the kids can pursue these outdoor activities year round!), we love how this book is laid out. My 2nd grade daughter immediately worked her way through the book's "Spring" section - bookmarking what she wanted to try.  With grass.  :)  I thought that was cute, and rather appropriate. I expect to be thumbing through this book for years to come, getting ideas of new adventures for our kids to head out and tackle.  I love how it really gets them excited about heading out into nature, and includes varying levels of adventure scale.   Tasks range from one hour, own-backyard kinda … [Read more...]