“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way! “ – Dr. Seuss
Ohhh my! Time flies when we our family is on our goal realization/ exploring mode. It seems ages ago when we left Omaha, Nebraska on an overnight train to Denver, Colorado.
In Denver, we have walked the nostalgia lane with the Turknoy Dad as he reminisced his good old days as a working bachelor in the city. Has it been eleven years already since he left US just to meet the Turknoy Mom? Gosh, are we on some time warp speed loop?! ❤️
After two days in Denver, meeting old friends and enjoying Denver Children Museum, off we went for a road trip around Colorful Colorado! And indeed, it was a colorful road trippin’.
First road trip in the USA and off we passed by State Highway 5, the highest paved road in Road America. What a scenic route it is towards Mr. Evans with an altitude 14,264 feet (4,347 m)!
We head on to Aspen, Colorado hoping for fall foliage. We got that and way more, four seasons! We arrived in Aspen in a very gorgeous fall weather, and woke up to several inches of snow in the morning, summer-y mid-morning, spring in the afternoon and fall again in the afternoon.
The snow didn’t stop us from hiking the Maroon Bells. The most photographed peaks in North America, so we’ve read.
We also experienced our first family snowy hike, up to the Maroon Crater Lake. It took us more than two hours to hike up the Crater Lake, barely few minutes before the sunset. We were the last one on the Crater Lake, it feels extravagantly majestic and terrifying at the same time. The kids needed to answer nature’s call, figuratively and literally. After the pee-pp and the family selfie almost every corner of the lake, we had to rush to go back down. We made it in the dark, using our mobile phone as flashlights, of course, not without scary stories and grateful fun ramblings from all of us.
We have blisters in our feet, and the fantastic traveling dad carried our youngest traveller/ hiker up his shoulder almost all the way! Such strength. We didn’t tell anyone that adventure with young kids is easy, right? It’s worth it, but nothing worth it comes easy, right?
The hiking we’ve done, the weather conditions, the challenges we’ve overcome will always be fondly and profoundly remebered. After all, this is what Turknoy Travels 100 is all about. It’s about realizing milestones we never even considered yet together because we are still part of the matrix of society’s rules.
Of course, after the adventure, we explored the very fancy city of Aspen, Colorado and off we went to two places we almost always go in any city we explore – bookstore and playground. If any city or town doesn’t have any of these, it’s really an indication of the village, isn’t it?
Basalt , Colorado
Although we explored Aspen and Snowmass Billage quite extensively, we stayed the nights in a nearby city, almost one hour drive away from Aspen, Basalt. Basalt turned out to be a like Aspen, and better. Roaring Fork Valley is a river paradise for us. Basalt sits at the confluence of two Gold Medal rivers, the Frying Pan River and the Roaring Fork River, which is Paradise!!!
Known as “Little Aspen,” Vail, Colorado is another fancy, skiing and snowboarding, gorgeous, beautiful little town tucked away at the base of Vail Mountain within the White River National Forest.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
From West to South, we drove almost three hours to enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the Rocky Mountains to visit the Garden of Gods in Colorado Springs. A drive worth every minute.
Road trip with kids in Colorado? We’ll do it again in a heartbeat!
25 thoughts on “Road Trip In Colorado With Kids”
SOunds like fun!
The kids look like they really enjoyed the trip! I’ve only ever been to Colorado Springs, so I’ll be sure to add the other cities to my next roadtrip!
Seem you guys had a ton of fun as a family!
Love your travel blog! ❤ And I absolutely enjoyed this write up 🙂
Great adventure you had as a family! Love it!
Awe, looks like a fun trip!
Colorado is totally #travelgoals for our family! These pics make me want to go there even more! So much fun!!
Wonderful pictures! Everybody can see how much you and your family enjoyed your road trip in Colorado.
Thanks for sharing.
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Our first trip with our little was actually Denver, but in the summer. Not sure I could brave all that snow!
What an awesome family adventure!!
I love Colorado! Next time you’ll have to stop in Steamboat Springs and travel up the mountain to Strawberry Park. So much fun!
Wow your kids can take great photographs. Glad they enjoyed the hike, though you got some blisters.
These pictures are just stunning! Have the kids to take the pictures too = winner! Really want to start travelling with my little so love blog posts like this!
We live here, you got to go to a few of our favorite places. Always fun to see snow.
Wonderful photos! This makes me miss Colorado. I only got a chance to go to Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods is a great place, especially for family! Another favorite place is Pike’s Peak!
Thank you for sharing your family journey! such great adventures that will be in your heart!
Seems you really had a great time with your family. The pictures look beautiful and I wish I could visit Colorado one day.
I love Colorado and hiking the mountains it’s such a majestic place and the people are so nice. I really enjoyed reading this
Colorado looks so beautiful going to have to book a trip
The photos look beautiful, I’ve never been to a cold state. Makes me want to try it!
This looks like a fun trip! I love all the pictures of your family! Definitely enjoyed reading.
Loved reading this! We go to colorado with our kids multiple times a year. They loved garden of the Gods.
What a lovely family. I remember we had almost the same photo with your cover way back when I was in Australia with my family. I enjoyed browsing your pictures with the kids. I hope I can visit that place too one day.