10Best: The Top Family Activities in Colorado's Beaver Creek

The Whole Family Will Enjoy High Mountain Adventure in This Charming Alpine Village
Lyn Mettler

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Beaver Creek Village is set in a valley. — Photo courtesy of Beaver Creek Resort

Tell the kids to put down their electronics and prepare to breathe fresh air and get active in the outdoors. Bring your family to the charming mountain village of Beaver Creek, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and just two hours from Denver.

Here are 10 fun activities for families within the picturesque alpine slopes of Colorado's Beaver Creek Village

Families can choose from hikes with varying levels of difficulty. — Photo courtesy of Beaver Creek Resort/Jack Affleck

1. Hiking

During summer and fall, there are as many hikes in Beaver Creek Mountain and the surrounding area as there are ski slopes in the winter. Take the Strawberry Park express lift up the mountain, and start with a short 1-mile hike to Mamie’s Mountain Grill for lunch. Older children can join you on longer hikes, including the bucket list trek to Beaver Lake. 

A horseback ride to Beano's Cabin is a destination highlight in Beaver Creek. — Photo courtesy of Beaver Creek Resort/Sean Boggs

2. Dining at Beano’s Cabin

A highlight during any season at Beaver Creek is a trip to Beano’s Cabin, fine dining located at 9,000 feet above sea level on Beaver Creek Mountain. The restaurant serves a gourmet five-course dinner and plenty of kid-friendly options. During the warmer months, you can ride on horseback to the cabin or hitch a ride on a wagon. In ski season, take a scenic open air sleigh ride through the winter wonderland. 

Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies after a snowshoeing tour of the mountain. — Photo courtesy of Beaver Creek Resort/Jack Affleck

3. Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a great family activity that lets you enjoy the beautiful scenery at your own pace. Beaver Creek offers complimentary 90-minute snowshoe tours weekly for kids ages 6 and older, complete with hot chocolate and cookies upon your return.

Beaver Creek offers 150 different skiing trails. — Photo courtesy of Beaver Creek Resort/Jack Affleck

4. Skiing

Beaver Creek is known for its phenomenal 1,800 acres of skiing and 150 different trails, all with 360-degree mountain vistas. Get a lesson at Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School, and don’t miss Thursday Night Lights, where participants ski with glow-sticks down the mountain, followed by a fireworks finale.

Gondolas offer a safe and comfortable way to enjoy the panoramic views of the ski town. — Photo courtesy of Beaver Creek Resort/Jack Affleck

5. Riding gondolas

Aside from hiking up the mountain, a gondola is one of the best ways to take in the valley vistas. It’s a safe and easy way for everyone in the family to get a bird’s eye view of the mountain landscape in the comfort of an enclosed gondola. In 2014, the resort added a new combination gondola and chairlift on its Centennial Express Lift.

A 4x4 tour is a great way to see the mountain vistas. — Photo courtesy of Beaver Creek Resort/Jack Affleck

6. Taking Jeep tours

Another great way for younger family members to get up the mountain is on a 4X4 High Adventure Mountain Tour. Kids will love the bumps, twists and turns, as you wind your way up to the top of the mountain for panoramic views from on high. Keep an eye out for wildlife, like deer or elk, depending on the season and learn about the mountain landscape.

You've never tubed like this! — Photo courtesy of Beaver Creek Resort/Jack Affleck

7. Tubing

If your kids love sledding down the local hill in town, they’ll have a ball tubing down the slopes on Beaver Creek Mountain. Haymaker Tubing Hill is the ultimate in sledding fun and sits just below The Ranch, accessible by the Buckaroo Express Gondola.

Who can resist free, fresh-baked cookies daily at the Beaver Creek Resort? — Photo courtesy of Beaver Creek Resort/Jack Affleck

8. Eating cookies

Revive the kids with Cookie Time in the village during both summer and winter at 3 p.m. every day. Find the chef in the white hat near the second level escalators and at the base of the Centennial Express Lift for a platter piled high with free, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies.

The ice skating rink is open both summer and winter. — Photo courtesy of Beaver Creek Resort/Chris McLennan

9. Ice Skating

Open both summer and winter, the Beaver Creek Ice Skating Rink is the perfect family activity to elicit giggling and smiles. Newcomers can work to keep upright while old pros practice their jumps and spins. On Monday evenings during winter, check out Disco Skate Night, complete with a DJ and light show.

Fishing is abundant around Beaver Creek. — Photo courtesy of Beaver Creek Resort/Thomas Green

10. Fishing

Fly fishing is popular in the rivers and creeks around Beaver Creek, and Gore Creek Fly Fisherman offers guided trips and free casting clinics in summer. You can also bring your own bait and fishing gear and take the short hike up to the catch-and-release Flood’s Fishing Ponds to reel in a trout or two.

Lyn Mettler

About Lyn Mettler

Lyn Mettler and her family have spent much time in Beaver Creek over the years, and their favorite area activities are the incredible hiking, skiing and dinner at Beano's.

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