Colorado Father’s Day Adventures in the Pikes Peak Region

June 16, 2017

Put off Father’s Day planning until the last minute, or stressing on how to make the weekend super special for the dad(s) in your life? Worry no longer, because we are here to save the (Father’s) Day! We know you love your pops. He’s the dude that carried you on his shoulders as your popsicle melted on his head at the fair. He’s watched countless animated movies he probably couldn’t care less about and sang along with the songs to make you smile. He’s run behind your bike hoping like heck you wouldn’t crash into the mailbox on your inaugural ride. In short, he’s been there for you through thick and thin and it’s finally his day to be pampered by you, his kids. We’ve got three ideas for you to make it magical (and you’ll have fun, too).

Free Admission for Dads on Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak Father's Day

Fishing on North Catamount Reservoir

Looking for quality time with His Royal Dadness? How about a ride up the Pikes Peak Highway to the top of America’s Mountain? Not only will the journey to the top give him ample time to amuse (or mortify) you with dad jokes galore, the scenic ride simply cannot be beat. You’ll travel through four life zones, see interesting wildlife and maybe even get a chance to play in the snow. And we’re not forcing you to bring a fishing pole or two, but it probably won’t hurt your efforts to win “best child” if you happened to mention you brought them as you pass the lakes on the way to the top (license required for 16 and up). There are also some pretty cool hiking trails, beautiful views and the chance to reward your pops with a #1 Dad pocket knife, some fudge and a selfie with the whole of Colorado as your background.

Free Admission for Dads at Santa’s Workshop + North Pole Day Discount

The North Pole is hosting an awesome weekend of savings in celebration of its big anniversary, North Pole Day … and it’s also letting dads in for free! If you’ve always wanted to visit Santa’s Workshop, this is probably the best weekend ever to do it. Admission is just $16 June 16-18 (coupon required, find it here) with free entry for dads on Father’s Day. This is a family day for all ages, so wee ones, teens, adults and grandparents can all come along. Nestled in the mountains along Highway 24 awaits a winter wonderland (with summer weather, thankfully) filled with rides, food and fun. Take dad for a spin on the Tilt-o-Whirl, follow him down the giant peppermint-striped slide and convince him to sit down with Santa and share his Christmas list. Share some tasty funnel cake or an ice cream cone, catch a magic show, or simply lounge in the shade together and enjoy your superstar dad.

Rafting, Camping and Togetherness: The Ultimate Father’s Day with Echo Canyon

Echo Canyon Father's DayIs your pops an adventurous sort? Why not take him on the journey of a lifetime, navigating challenging rapids in Colorado’s famous waterways? Nothing shows family togetherness like conquering the wilds of nature through teamwork. It’s wet, wild, hard work that travels through some of Colorado’s most stunning landscapes in exhilarating fashion. You’ll leave feeling accomplished and your dad will never forget the time you spent together. Alternatively, if your dad prefers a more relaxing excursion, or wants to bring along some of the younger members of your clan, you can drift through calmer waters on a family float that even the littles (5 and up) can enjoy. Across the road, you’ll find beautiful (no joke, these are awesome) cabins and “glamping” tents for rent (YES! There is still some availability for Father’s Day weekend!). If you fear you’re too late for Father’s Day, give the trip as a gift for the weeks ahead. He won’t be disappointed.

Your dad is awesome, right? And he makes your life a little more fabulous simply by existing? Take him out and show what he means to you with a memorable weekend of cool adventures and family fun. P.S. Want a pro tip for making him feel extra special? Laugh at his terrible puns. He’ll think he’s finally achieved comic greatness and you’ll get bonus points for humoring him (see what we did there?)

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