Rocky Mountain National Park is between Estes Park and Grand Lake with the Continental Divide’s east and west slopes going directly through the park’s center. With more than 125 hiking trails and trailheads spread across five geographic locations and ranging in easy to extreme, there is something for everyone in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Paved trails, mountain adventures, and backcountry campsites await those seeking a day or overnight experience to one of over a hundred campsites. Many of the trails are only accessible in the summer due to hazardous weather conditions during the winter.
The trails found in this region is where Grand Lake is. This area is also known as the Continental Divide’s West side. Lush green expansive meadows and lots of moose are prevalent here.
Are you a lake lover? Great, put on your best pair of hiking boots and make the seven miles up Bowen Lake. As you start on an even surface, there is a gradual climb that weaves its way through a thick forest.
After experiencing the beauty of Bowen Lake, continue and head through Bowen Pass. Note that this seven-and-a-half-mile hike is also steep. When you reach your destination, you will be in the Arapaho National Forest.
Those that brought their tents and other backcountry supplies will enjoy hiking less than 14 miles across the East Inlet Trail, around Lone Pine Lake, and through a forest to reach Lake Verna. There are two sites here available for camping.
When you love to push things to the extreme, you will find the 30 miles of Continental Divide National Scenic Trail the place to be. This trail traverse’s magnificent scenery, tundra, and views of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Do not worry if you are not a thrill-seeking hiker and are looking for something more relaxing. Adams Falls is less than a half-mile and the most popular stroll that takes you thru river scenery, aspen, pine forest, and rocks of grey and black that jut out along the way.
Wildlife lovers, especially those hunting moose for some outstanding photo shots, will love Coyote Valley. Follow along the Colorado River banks as you enjoy your early morning stroll searching for the best view to snap that million-dollar picture. This one-mile hike is paved, allows strollers, and offers picnic tables for those who wish to come and eat lunch.
The Alpine Region is the name given to Region 2. High elevations and incredible vistas await you here.
Pack up your picnic basket and head to Lake Irene, where eight picnic tables await you and your family. This easy, one-mile trip offers up incredible rolling meadows to venture out and see. Enjoy a couple of hours or the whole day, as you also explore the nearby forest land.
Another excellent walk takes you a little over one mile. Tombstone Ridge is rated easy and comes with some incredible views.
If you have traveled to the Rocky Mountain National Park to view the Continental Divide, the 5.8-mile hike Mount Ida is for you. Break out the camera and snap some pictures of the expansive views that take your breath away. Thunderstorms are frequent on this hike, so pack a raincoat.
The northern part of the Rocky Mountain National Park is a wilderness paradise. Trails in Region 3 range from a charming 0.15 miles up to some intense hiking going 9.5 miles.
Alluvial Fan is the beautiful short hike that will lead you to a river and show you how the Lawn Lake Flood affected it. This easy, 20 feet elevation hike is a paradise for the lovers of water. Bring your lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic tables as you watch the kiddos splashing around in the stream nearby.
Should you decide to venture out in the winter, head up the Chasm Falls trails. The road is closed during this time, so you will need to park at the West Alluvial Fan lot. Bring the kids along, as this is a kid-friendly hike.
Region 4 plays host to Rocky Mountain National Parks most visited and famous trails. Here you will enjoy trails with easy access, superb views, and lakes galore.
Bear Lake Loop is an incredible fast hike that takes you past spectacular peak views to the base of Flattop Mountain and Hallett Peak. Bear Lake Loop is an extremely popular trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. Do not let the 0.6 miles fool you, though, as Bear Lake is not entirely flat, and rocks are throughout the dirt.
If you are seeking out a destination wedding location, then look no more. Bear Lake Loop can host your fabulous day, as it accommodates anywhere from 2-35.
Dream Lake is an excellent place for a family hike. As this is the most photographed lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, you will be kicking yourself if you forget the camera. Capture images of Nymph Lake and Hallett Peak, Glacier Gorge, or Flattop Mountain. If this dreamy location is not enough, hike on over to Emerald Lake, just 0.7 miles away.
The south side of Estes Park is considered Region 5. The iconic fourteener, Longs Peak, is located here. Impressive waterfalls and backcountry areas are also in this Wild Basin area.
Lily Lake is a one-mile trail that offers incredible views of Mount Meeker and Longs Peak. Bring your fishing pole and stop at the fishing pier to try your luck.
These are just a few of the incredible trails that one can enjoy either solo or with family in Rocky Mountain National Park. Amazing views, superb vistas, challenging, and easy hikes provide an incredible incentive to hike in this national park.
Should you need some more enticement, do not forget about Trail Ridge Road. Trails along this area bisect Rocky Mountain National Park and supply outstanding views as you go over the top of the Continental Divide.
If you need help planning any Colorado or Colorado Springs family of corporate adventures, don’t hesitate to give the experts at Broadmoor Outfitters a call.
Falconry is an ancient sport, and one still practiced in mountainous cities like Colorado Springs and throughout the American West. For many, falconry is considered an art. In fact, this 4,000-year-old sport is the oldest field sport known to mankind!
The lush Colorado wilderness is home to hundreds of species, and our Colorado Springs falconry tour is one of few in the nation that is open to guests. With its open air and clear, blue skies, Colorado Springs is home to some of the most exciting falconry experiences to be found in the region.
Are you ready for your Colorado Springs falconry adventure? Read on to learn more about Broadmoor Outfitters’ falconry Experience and how you can begin your journey with these incredible birds of prey.
What is the sport of falconry?
Falconry, commonly referred to as “the sport of kings”, relies on large birds of prey for hunting quarry. It is a sport that requires a great deal of dedication and patience, as well as an ongoing commitment to raise and care for a bird of prey. Birds must be looked after daily over a period of years, given fresh water and quality food in order to thrive. Being a falconer can mean 7-10 training sessions per week! No small undertaking, falconers also weigh birds daily to ensure it maintains good health and strong hunting capabilities.
What do I need to do to begin falconry?
Falconry is a strongly regulated sport and therefore subject to federal and state regulations. Falconers must undergo a long training process before earning certification, which can take months or perhaps even years. This process is often divided into stages.
Broadmoor Outfitters offers a beginner’s falconry experience, The Falconry Academy, which is designed for children (aged 5 and up) and adults of all ages. You’ll begin the day with an informative session that sees one of our falconers guide you through different species of birds of prey, which include Saker falcons, Harris hawks, and even a majestic Eurasian Eagle owl. This fascinating 90-minute course will teach you about the basics of falconry, after which you’ll venture outdoors for a demonstration. Here, you’ll watch one of our falconers in action, and even have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to don the falconer’s glove and pose with one of the birds, complete with a beautiful, mountainous backdrop behind you!
Once this course has been completed, guests have the option of signing up for an intermediate course so the learning can continue. During our intermediate course, guests will have the opportunity to release the bird, cast the bird, and have the bird return to them. This thrilling experience is not to be missed!
Our Colorado Springs falconry experience is one of Broadmoor Outfitters’ most exciting offerings, but there is plenty more in store for guests hoping for adventure. Whether you are hoping to experience falconry, mountain biking, paintball, or zip-lining, Broadmoor Outfitters has you covered. Call us to book your next Colorado Springs outdoor tour today!
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is America’s highest zoo, above sea level at the astonishing elevation of 6,800 feet and proudly calls Colorado Springs home. Over 800 animals, with 30 being on the endangered list, reside here. Come for the exquisite line up of exotic species but also some breathtaking Colorado City views.
The zoo is easily reached from downtown Colorado Springs and conveniently located less than ten minutes from The Broadmoor.
WHAT TO DO AT THE ZOO
Visiting a zoo does not have to constitute just walking around, looking at animals in their habitat. When you visit Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, you can immerse yourself and family in some outstanding experiences.
A modern art exhibit at the zoo? Yes, after all, it is the perfect location. Forty species of reptiles enjoy as close to their natural habits as possible at Scutes Family Gallery.
Head over to the African Rift Valley exhibit and check out a giraffe as up close as possible. Grab some of their favorite delicacies, hold out your hand, and be mesmerized as they enjoy what they love right out of your hand. More herd of giraffe live at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo than at any other zoo.
After you have finished feeding the stately tall creatures, check out African lions, Grant’s Zebra, and a host of others that call this beautiful exhibit their home.
Unlock your inner child and take a ride on the historic Carousel that has been entertaining kids of all ages since 1937.
Mountaineer Sky Ride Experience
Tame your love, or fear, of heights when you climb on the Mountaineer Sky Ride. Keep your eyes open as you zoom above the Amur tigers, grizzly bears, and Rocky Mountain goats.
Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun
Your zoo ticket gives you access to this historical monument that is less than 1.5 miles from the zoo entrance. As you take an incredible family ride up the Russell Tutt Scenic Highway, you will soon be greeted by exquisite architecture. Standing at an elevation of 8,136, the top deck of the shrine, which is dedicated to Will Rogers, provides spectacular views of the Pikes Peak Region and Colorado Springs, so do not forget the camera!
SHOP THE ZOO
While nothing can replace a photo of you or your loved one snuggled up to the glass barrier as a grizzly bear swims in front of you, having a plush version of this mighty creature, or a tiger comes close.
Explore the gift shop located inside the entrance of the zoo for some incredible finds. T-shirts, toys, water bottles, and a plush animal collection that one would die for awaits your visit. Grab a baby giraffe, hug a flamingo, squeeze a moose, slither around with an Anaconda snake, or touch them all. Plush animals are an excellent way to remember your Cheyenne Mountain Zoo experience.
Are you looking for something more unique for the kiddos, then pick up an Aussie hat and let them feel like they are head zookeeper? To accompany this role, do not forget the Monocular.
These are just a few of the remarkable experiences that Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has to offer. Some other incredible experiences are a custom animal experience, celebrate your birthday with a zoo animal birthday party, and so much more. Whether you come for an hour to relax on your lunch break or explore all day, there is something here for everyone.
Whether you’re a nature lover, a thrill seeker, or a tourist hoping to see Colorado from a different perspective, ziplining is one of the most exciting outdoor activities to take advantage of when you’re visiting Colorado Springs. Our ziplining tours attract thousands of visitors yearly, and boast some of the most incredible views in the area.Here are a few things visitors should know before embarking on one of our Colorado Springs ziplining adventures.
Be aware of altitude
Colorado ziplining is an amazing experience, but altitude sickness can easily put a damper on your adventure if you’re not properly prepared. Symptoms like headache, tiredness and shortness of breath are no fun to deal with when you’re on a ziplining excursion, so you’ll want to make sure you are well hydrated, well rested, and are performing activities at your own pace. If you are experiencing severe altitude sickness when you arrive, it may be best to reschedule your time with us for your owns safety, as we want you to enjoy your experience to the fullest!
Dress for the occasion
Comfort is key during a ziplining adventure and appropriate attire is a must. Opt for clothing that’s easy to move around in, and do consider the weather when deciding on layers. Typically, you can’t go wrong with long shorts or leggings paired with a T-shirt or tank top for summer, but you will want to bundle up with a jacket or sweater during chilly temperatures. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes that are sure to stay on as you fly through the sky are also important, and don’t forget to pay attention to your hair if you are sporting long locks, as your guide may ask you to wear it tied back for your safety and so not to obstruct your view.
Leave behind personal belongings
Keeping personal items on you while ziplining is not advised. Any items that fall or get lost as you navigate the course are unlikely to be recovered from down below. Instead of carrying things like your smartphone and keys in your pockets, consider handing off your belongings to someone in your group, or wear a secure fanny pack to take with you as you zip down the line.
Ziplining is guaranteed to get your heart pumping, but there are also plenty of other outdoor activities to enjoy when you’re visiting Colorado Springs. Some of these include rock climbing, mountain biking, and even paintball. Broadmoor Outfitters ziplining participants also receive free admission to stunning Seven Falls, so be sure to pencil this into your itinerary for the day. Afterwards, relax and reflect on your awesome day when you grab a bite at one of several nearby restaurants.
We can’t wait to see you through your next exhilarating ziplining adventure. Call us to book your Colorado Springs outdoor tour today!
Seven Falls is home to the best Colorado Springs Zip Line Tours. This is where the fun begins for guests visiting Colorado Springs, The Garden of the Gods, USAFA and The Broadmoor who are looking for a little heart-racing fun. Imagine adventures high above the ground and cruising across The Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado. Zip-lining has never been more fun than in the South Cheyenne Canyon. Seclusion is what you get when you book The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure.
BROADMOOR SOARING ADVENTURE AT SEVEN FALLS
Ten zip-lines spread across two different courses ranging from 300 feet to an impressive 1,800 feet give you a fantastic view of waterfalls and South Cheyenne Canyon. Also included here are hiking trails that are moderately challenging, rope bridges, and a sizeable 180-foot rappel controlled, of course.
It is perfectly fine if you do not have any experience with zip-lines. After a cool 15-minute ground school, Broadmoor Soaring Adventure expert guides will have you set up with the appropriate harness, gloves, the correct helmet, and instructional guidelines on how to navigate the courses carefully and safely. In no time, you will be soaring above magnificent views as you come across suspension bridges that make you feel like you are in an Indiana Jones film.
Ensuring that there is no environmental impact to the spectacular Seven Falls, Broadmoor Outfitters and The Broadmoor entrusted the expertise of Bonsai Design to create remarkable adventures in the air.
The Woods Course will give guests astonishing views of pine trees, winding creeks, Midnight Falls, a natural granite arch, and hiking trails that venture down to the falls. Guides will ensure that you have a memory building outing from when you start going up the mountain to the time you set off for your heart-stopping adventurous moment.
The Fins Course provides guests an opportunity to ease into enjoying their adventure. Five zip-lines become progressively longer as you fly high above the impressive steep drops, jagged cliffs, and rock formations that are unique in their own sense. Other incredible features of this course include numerous custom-built suspension bridges and being able to rappel down to the canyon floor when you end.
The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure is a hot outdoor recreational adventure for guests visiting Colorado Springs, The Garden of the Gods, USAFA and The Broadmoor; therefore, reservations made in advance are required. For full excitement, book the four-hour option. If you are not sure about soaring through the air for that long, consider booking The Woods course or Finns course separately.
As you are booking your sensational outdoor adventure, remember that tax and gratuity are not included in the course fee, but the Seven Falls park entry fee is. Also, weight restrictions for any of the courses are 90 and 250 pounds. Children that are between the ages of eight and fourteen are welcome as long as an adult comes along.
The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure is a thrilling outdoor recreational adventure that offers The Broadmoor guests a once in a lifetime experience. Ten zip-lines, rope bridges, hiking, and rappelling opportunities will have you planning your next trip with friends, family, or your next office retreat.
Electrical Engineer turned Outdoor Professional! Hampton grew up in the outfitting world and when push came to shove, she adopted her favorite motto #Forget Engineering and returned to the industry she loves. She is a mother of two wonderful boys, and if you need a little nerdy humor, she can throw it your way.
Venturing out to the great outdoors regularly can have a positive, lasting impact on physical health, but in the era of COVID-19, it’s even more important to get out there and embrace the fresh air. While the coronavirus pandemic has caused the closure of many forms of indoor entertainment, outdoor activities have become a great source of comfort for millions. According to scientists, the outdoors is also the least likely place to contract COVID-19, so long as social distancing measures are followed. Colorado Springs provides the perfect backdrop for exciting, outdoor adventure, and at Broadmoor Outfitters, it’s our mission to craft one-of-a-kind experiences our guests will never forget. Here are a few Colorado Springs activities to help improve your mental and physical well-being during difficult times.
Colorado Springs and surrounding areas house some of the most beautiful hiking trails in North America. With many gyms still closed to patrons, hiking serves as a fantastic source of exercise and an opportunity to enjoy the incredible fresh air that Colorado Springs has to offer. Broadmoor Outfitters has a number of guided hiking trails to ensure a safe, serene trip for everyone hoping to get moving amid COVID-19. Our guides are able to provide a wonderful experience, all while taking appropriate cautions to ensure guests’ safety is always top of mind.
Broadmoor Outfitters Biking Tours
Biking around Garden of the Gods while the sun shines upon you is one of the best ways to escape the confines of your home. Not only does biking burn calories, but it’s also one of the best ways to take in the beauty of Colorado Springs. Broadmoor Outfitters hosts various biking tours to help you make the most of your time in the city. With Pike’s Peak off in the distance, our late afternoon and sunset make for the perfect memory for you and/or loved ones.
Zip Lining Courses
Nothing screams “fresh air” like flying through it at 500 ft.! Our Colorado Springs zip-lining adventures are ideal for the adrenaline-seekers among us, or anyone hoping to escape the indoors for some much-needed physical activity. Breeze by some of Colorado’s most magnificent natural landscapes on any one of our zip-lining adventures. We have multiple courses to choose from to ensure a spectacular view.
Rock Climbing Excursions
At Broadmoor Outfitters, we always play it safe, but that’s not to say we don’t like to be daring. Our Colorado Springs rock climbing tours offer the chance to put your physical and mental skills to the test. Colorado Springs natural rock formations allow for some of the most thrilling rock climbing in the U.S., and we’re proud to offer a variety of rock climbing tours to accommodate varying skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner or of a more advanced skill set, we’ve got a rock just for you.
There has never been a better time for outdoor enjoyment, and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got in store for you. Call us to book your next Colorado Springs outdoor adventure.
CEO of Resort Outfitters. Resort Outfitters operates Broadmoor Outfitters and provides guided outdoor tours corporate events, zip lines and team building in the Colorado Springs and Denver area.
For questions on the area, activity suggestions or to build a custom trip, feel free to contact him at DZ@resortoutfitters.com.
Getting ready to come to Colorado Springs. Great, there is a lot to do for you, and your family. Mary Kearl gives us some great tips and hints to bringing your young ones along.
I spent the first half of 2019 traveling with my husband and our one-year-old throughout South America, where we managed to visit some remote places, such as the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, the floating islands of the Uros people in Peru, and Ushuaia, in Argentina, also known as the end of the world.
When we talk about this, many fellow parents ask how we did it. Most of them say it’s a challenge to take their kid to the mall or the restaurant down the street, let alone travel with them to the other side of the world. The funny thing is that it’s always hard—putting your child’s needs first and keeping them healthy, happy, and entertained will always be difficult no matter how far from home you are.
Having visited 14 countries and 16 U.S. states on a total of 77 trips (and counting) with our child, I’ve learned a thing or two about traveling with babies and toddlers. It’s hard, but it’s possible.
It may seem obvious, but no matter how young your child is, they’ll need a passport to leave the country—but it involves more than simply filling out a form. Getting a minor a passport requires demonstrating proof of citizenship, and the primary method is to submit a copy of their birth certificate. This document usually becomes available one month after a child’s birth, but may take longer. In our case, this proved challenging because our child was less than a month old when we first sought out a passport. We tried our local court, but finally obtained the document from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health for $28.
Thinking something might happen to you or your partner while away from home can be scary, but those fears amplify tenfold when you’re traveling with a young child. “Truth be told, most places are pretty safe for kids,” says Dr. Katherine Williamson, vice president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). “Travel is accommodating for families of all ages.”
But of course, being prepared makes things a lot easier for both the parents and the baby. Just add these items to your checklist before you hit the road:
Consult with your pediatrician
Ahead of your travels, it’s always a good idea to make an appointment with or talk to your pediatrician about any further advice regarding your child.
If your child is undergoing any kind of medical treatment, make sure you pack enough to last for the entirety of your trip. To be on the safe side, Williamson recommends packing a couple of extra doses and a prescription in case you need to purchase the medication while abroad.
Make sure your child is up to date on their routine vaccines. Start by protecting them against influenza with the flu shot for kids aged six months and older, and check the Center for Disease Control guidelines about what other vaccines they’ll need for particular countries or specific outbreaks that might be occurring. One of the biggest concerns involving travel outside the U.S. is measles. Routine vaccines starting at age one will protect against this highly contagious disease, but your child can get the measles vaccine as early as six months if you’re traveling, Williamson says.
Plan ahead to ensure proper sleep
The first two to three days are key, and you should try to get ahead of jet lag as much as possible by gradually adjusting your kid’s bedtime. For time changes greater than two or three hours, Williamson recommends you give toddlers between 0.5 to 1 milligram of melatonin while you’re on the plane at what will be bedtime at the destination you’re visiting. This will help them start sleeping at the right time. Conversely, once you get to your destination, help your child adjust to time zone changes by having them be active during waking hours, exposing them to sunlight during the day, and not letting them nap longer than normal.
Talk to people who’ve been there
There’s only so much online research you can do before being overloaded with information. The best way to get a sense of a place is to talk to somebody who’s actually been there and ask whatever questions Google couldn’t answer for you.
As of this writing, our family of three has been living out of two suitcases, a backpack, and a diaper bag for exactly 10 months. That sounds challenging for two adults alone, but packing requires a whole new level of expertise when an infant or toddler is involved. Fear not—we’ve been learning from our mistakes so you don’t have to. Next time you embark on an adventure with your little one, make sure you always have these items handy:
When our child was an infant, my packing rule of thumb was to bring about three daytime outfits and two pajamas per day to account for spills, getting sick, and diaper leaks. It’s a lot, but with the transition to toddlerhood, I kept following this rule with great success, only breaking it when I know I’m going somewhere we’ll be able to wash our clothes.
Diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream
These are a must, whether you’re flying across the world with your toddler or visiting a friend on the other side of town. The key here is to ensure you’ll never have to depend on finding a store, so even though it may sound over-the-top, I pack double the amount of diapers and wipes I think I’ll need. In my experience, no matter how big an airport or transit station is, it’s not likely even the most essential baby products will be readily available.
Plenty of entertainment
This will take up space, so be prepared to carry this stuff in its own bag if necessary. To start with, we pack a lot of board books—10 for trips of any size, since we may read through all of them before our child is ready for nap time. Hopefully, it’ll take fewer with yours, but be prepared to have options, or you’ll be stuck reading the same two or three stories on a loop. Also, include several toys and stuffed animals. Make sure you bring extra, since it’s almost certain you’ll lose some along the way.
A baby carrier
A great alternative to the traditional stroller. We used this for our seven months of international travel, since most places we visited had uneven terrain and were not stroller-friendly.
This is important whether you’re driving your own car or not, since there’s no guarantee one will be available or in good condition through your rental car company. Plus, the rental price of a seat can be more than the cost of a new car seat, depending on the length of your trip.
A travel bed and baby blanket
Some parents will try to save themselves some trouble and co-sleep with their babies. But the APP doesn’t recommend this for children younger than a year old, so bringing a travel bed for your baby is absolutely necessary. More on this later.
Nail clippers, baby thermometer (digital or traditional—it’s up to you), travel first aid kit (it’s easiest to buy one and complement it with additional necessities for you and your child), two bottles, and two sippy cups (it’s best to have two of each to replace a lost one or stand in for a dirty one).
The medical packing list
You know when you travel and you feel tired and grumpy, and sometimes that even leads to physical pain or discomfort? Well, young children go through the same, and they usually don’t know how to cope with it. Williamson recommends packing these essentials to avoid or quickly placate any illness:
Acetaminophen (safe for infants and toddlers) or ibuprofen (safe for children at least six months old).
Use for general pain and discomfort.
These help with almost anything, from flight-related pressure to a fever. If your child is having a hard time, Williamson recommends to giving it to them mixed with a drink or soft food, like pudding or yogurt.
Cetirizine and loratadine (safe for kids aged two and up) or diphenhydramine (safe for six months and up).
Use to prevent travel or motion sickness, and to treat minor allergic reactions that only entail skin rashes. If, while traveling, your child develops any allergies that include swelling of the lips, eyelids, or extremities, or starts vomiting or has difficulty breathing, see a doctor immediately.
Hydrocortisone cream and calamine lotion.
Use for mosquito bites.
For all bug bites, Williamson suggests applying hydrocortisone cream and then a layer of calamine lotion on top.
Ondansetron (consult with your pediatrician), a powdered electrolyte replacement , and potentially antibiotics for if you contract traveler’s diarrhea from consuming contaminated food or water (consult with your pediatrician)
Use for motion sickness, nausea, upset stomach, and diarrhea.
For some kids, it’s common to get sick in the car or on the plane. If that’s the case with your child, Williamson recommends talking to a pediatrician about getting a prescription for ondansetron, which can also help with gastrointestinal issues, such as an upset stomach. If your toddler is experiencing nausea or diarrhea, rehydration solutions such as an electrolyte replacement can help ensure your child stays hydrated. And if you’re traveling somewhere where traveler’s diarrhea is a concern, you should ask your pediatrician if getting a prescription antibiotic for the condition would be appropriate for your child.
Other medical devices and medications as needed. If your child has known conditions, pack all the things you’ll need to treat them. This includes an inhaler or nebulizer (for children with respiratory issues), an epinephrine injector (for children with severe allergic reactions), and antibiotics (for children prone to ear infections).
Preparing a “shortcut” bag
When you’re packing for a toddler, consider two levels of packing: everything you’ll need for your trip, and the bag of whatever you want to have handy when you’re on the go—no matter how you’re traveling. Our diaper bag is always so stuffed with all the above necessities that I usually throw it in the overhead bin or keep it at our accommodations when we head out to sightsee. What I do instead is pack another bag, such as a lightweight foldable backpack, that serves as an accessible baby emergency kit. Here’s what to pack:
A sippy cup and bottle
Snacks, such as cereal, crackers, fruit, and nuts (once your child is eating solids)
Formula (up to 12 months) or whole milk (1 year and up)
Wipes, and one or two diapers
One change of clothing for your toddler
A couple of favorite toys and books
A plastic bag (in case your baby gets motion sickness, or to store a diaper until it can be disposed of)
(Optional) A change of clothing for the parents—especially if your kid is prone to motion sickness. We learned this the hard way after our baby got sick on our laps, and all of our clothes were packed away in checked bags under a plane.
Surviving the journey
I remember how terrified I was ahead of our first cross-country flight—I didn’t want to be that family everybody hates because their baby won’t stop crying. Most people with small children will get to know this fear, but they won’t travel enough to figure out just how to deal with a small kid on a plane. With our now-two-year-old having logged 63 flights and counting, I can confirm what you may have already suspected: there’s no science to the perfect trip with a small child. That said, there are some strategies that will help.
Always pick the aisle seat
From diaper changes to crying sessions, you’ll want the easiest possible access to the bathroom and aisle.
Assume every carry-on item will require extra screening by airport security
Even though liquids, such as breast milk and juice, are allowed on planes when you’re traveling with an infant or toddler, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration says it “may need to test liquids for explosives or concealed prohibited items.” We have missed flights due to extra screening, so be sure to factor this in when you calculate the amount of time you’ll need to arrive at the gate in time.
Take advantage of early boarding
Families with small children usually get the privilege of boarding planes first. Use the extra time to arrange your seat so you’ll have easy access to all those go-to travel items listed above, one last diaper change, and bathroom trips for the adults.
Plan for the worst
This means arranging everything as if your baby won’t sleep for a minute of the journey and there will be travel delays. At first, people recommended we take night flights so we’d all be more likely to sleep. This worked well and our little one became the ideal traveler, sleeping for most, if not all, of any given flight. But that has changed, and our child has begun sleeping less consistently on the plane. Now we book daytime flights and plan as if everyone is going to be awake (and will need to be entertained) the entire time.
Don’t be scared
Some people will be annoyed to find themselves sitting next to you and your kid on a plane, but that seems to be the exception to the rule. In my experience, most people understand how much harder travel is with a young one, and go out of their way to help you.
Ahead of our first cross-country trip with our baby, my husband and I opted for a portable bassinet which met our search criteria by having the following features:
Sides made of breathable mesh
Removable, washable padding
Could be folded to fit under the seat of a plane
Could fit a baby for up to six months (some are only recommended for the first three to four months, making a $50-$100 purchase quickly obsolete)
The bassinet worked great for the first six months, but after that, and as our child grew, we had to get creative. Co-sleeping with our baby in our beds didn’t work because our presence distracted our otherwise sound sleeper, who woke several times during the night. We also tried creating a makeshift bed out of pillows and blankets, which worked fine until our baby started crawling and began moving out of the nest. After that, we considered a portable travel crib, but because it’s the size of an oversized backpack when folded, it falls into a grey area when it comes to baggage policy, and can sometimes qualify as a suitcase (at a cost) for discount airlines.
Ultimately we landed on the $15.99 Wayfinder TravelTot baby tent, which works just as well as more expensive options, such as the portable crib. But unlike other alternatives, this tent folds down to a thin sleeve that fits in my carry-on backpack. Since it has no padding, we usually request extra bedding and stack one or two thick quilts underneath the bed and layer a baby blanket inside. The bed survived 11 countries, 61 different Airbnbs and hotels, 30 flights, dozens of ferries and buses, and helped us maintain nap and sleep schedules during a 17-hour flight delay in Bariloche, Argentina. After all that wear and tear, we’re now on our second one.
While our baby’s bed has remained consistent, everything else—the sounds, lighting, temperature, and time zones—has been in constant change. The first two weeks of our international journey, we saw our normally easy sleeper taking longer and longer to fall asleep. Now we make an effort to keep the bedtime routine as consistent as possible—every night, no matter where we are in the world, we have a half-hour wind-down period for a bath and reading books. Things improved almost immediately.
Setting realistic expectations
Family trips with our baby have been some of the most rewarding experiences of my life. That said, the travel life is different when one member of the family is sleeping half the day, needs to eat more than three meals a day, and has a variable attention span.
While it is possible to travel with a baby, it is important to ground your expectations, and most likely change the way you’ve been traveling so far. For us, this has meant having a more limited list of things we want to see and do, or even staying longer than recommended in a place to complete it.
We’ve also realized we cannot do everything together as a family, and sometimes it’s a good idea to part ways. In the Ica Desert in Peru, my husband went on a dune buggy ride while baby and I went swimming in the Huacachina oasis, and in the Amazon, I went on a night crocodile tour while my husband and baby slept. It is a great way to ensure everyone gets to do what they want to do.
Needless to say, we don’t see much nightlife due to the child’s bedtime, and it’s always a good idea to opt for free or lower-cost activities, museums, and live performances rather than investing money in ones we may not be able to fully enjoy.
As a lifelong traveler, I wanted to share my love of travel with my child—and it’s paid off.
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Are you looking for an outdoor recreational activity in the Colorado Springs area that could be a family adventure or solo fun? Then look no further than geocaching. Getting started is simple; all you need is your mobile device, GPS receiver, or some other navigational tool to look up the coordinates.
For the normal geocache, first, a geocacher places a logbook (including pen or pencil), items to trade in a container, and records the coordinates of that cache. Next, the coordinates and location become shared on a listing site. Those that geocache then finds the coordinates on the site take their GPS devices and go hunting. Once they find the location and item, enter the entries into the logbook and online.
In the world of geocaching, treasures, or swag, are items that do not have a substantial monetary value. They may, though, be personal to those who hide the loot. Typical swag includes books, little toys, coins, hat pins, and different types of buttons.
Do not forget to return the cache to where you found it so that others may find it. The item, except the logbook, pen, or pencil, may be taken if you have something to leave in its place.
Some caches that move from one place to another. Hitchhikers, as referred to, usually have detailed goals assigned to their items. Some examples include placing the cache xx amount of distance from home.
Travel Bugs and Geocoins are specific caches that have websites for people to log and follow where they have been online.
Almost anything is as a cache except for food, drugs, andanything illegal. Refer to the rules of the listing site.
Some great places to geocache in and around Colorado Springs include the Fallen Firefighter Memorial or the Nature Center at Garden of the Gods.
Types of Geocache
This type of geocache requires the geocacher to complete individual geocaching goals before they can record that they found the cache. Possible tasks would include finding five caches in a particular category or locating a cache every day for 30 days.
Geocaching.com classifies this type of cache part of the Mystery cache. Other listing sites may consider the challenge cache a standalone class.
Solve a puzzle or locate specific information, and you will be participating in a mystery cache to find precisely where your cache is.
You guessed it! Break out the flashlights, see where the reflectors take you and find that prize location! Some listing sites may classify this as a type of mystery cache.
The Multi-cache occurs in one or more steps. Locate one, gather the coordinates, move to the next, again recording coordinates, and finally finding the container with the logbook.
After you have obtained the coordinates from the listing site, head out, find the cache, and then take it somewhere else. You would record the coordinates of where you placed the item so that the next geocacher can continue the cycle.
Location caches are close to a scavenger hunt. The geocacher has a description of what to locate. The item you are searching for could be a yellow fire hydrant, brown door, red and black boat, or pink flamingo. After finding the article, use your GPS device and record the location. A picture of both the object and device occurs as well. No one else can use this location as a find.
Traditional caches are widespread and common. A container with a logbook is standard, as are exact coordinates for locating the cache.
Geocaching is an excellent outdoor recreational activity to do with family or solo in the Colorado Springs area. Broadmoor Outfitters can help you get going. Whatever site listing you decide on utilizing your observation and detective skills will be put to the test looking for those containers.
Geocaching is a great way to social distance exercise at the same time. So, gather up the family or lace up your tennis shoes and have some fun. Contact Broadmoor Outfitters for more information and how to get going.
Electrical Engineer turned Outdoor Professional! Hampton grew up in the outfitting world and when push came to shove, she adopted her favorite motto #Forget Engineering and returned to the industry she loves. She is a mother of two wonderful boys, and if you need a little nerdy humor, she can throw it your way.
Consider visiting Garden of the Gods with all the recent discussions on social distancing and getting out for some fresh air. Hiking, rock climbing, Jeep, and Segway tours are just a few of the recreational activities to enjoy during your visit.
Welcome to Garden of the Gods
Formerly known as Red Rock Corral, Garde of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado, offer up some impressive geological features. Unique rock formations that have evolved over the early years have created some remarkable hogbacks, such as the Kissing Camel and Cathedral Valley.
During your visit to Garden of the Gods, gear up and hit the rocks. Rock climbing is extremely popular here thanks to the steep rock formations. Should you be a beginner, consider trying out Cowboy Boot Crack.
More daring climbs include Anaconda, Triple Exposure, and Scarecrow. Watch out for the deception of the routes and always remember safety. All climbers that wish to traverse the rocks of Garden of the Gods need an annual permit. The yearly application is on the City of Colorado Springs website.
Climbers must also adhere to the Technical Climbing Regulations and Guidelines. Safety measures include proper equipment, having two or more in your party, and not staining chalk. There is also no climbing after rain or snow, as the rocks become unstable after they are wet.
Lace-up your best pair of hiking boots and enjoy the 1.5-mile Perkins Central Garden Trail. This trail is excellent for wildlife viewing, walking, running, is paved, wheelchair accessible, welcomes dogs on a leash, and is open all year round.
Perkins Central Garden Trail starts at the North Parking Lot and leads you across Garden of the God’s gigantic and beautiful red rocks.
Should you be looking for longer trails, consider any of the twenty trails that are available when you visit Garden of the Gods. Any of these trails are excellent for social distancing and exercise.
Jeep and Segway Tours
Hook up with one of the local companies that provide jeep and Segway tours through Garden of the Gods. Enjoy checking out Cheyenne Canyon, waterfalls, spectacular views, and historical districts. Take in the flora, fauna, and geology the park has to offer.
Electric Bike Tours
Enjoy the magnificent beauty of Garden of the Gods and conquer the hills easily with an electric bike rental. Hook up with a group for a bike tour or venture out on your self-guided tour when you pick up a rental.
Load up your mountain bike and venture out onto a designated mountain bike trail when you visit Garden of the Gods. Hikers also utilize these trails, and equestrian riders, so watch out for them
Remember to abide by Garden of the God’s regulations for mountain biking as you are enjoying your day. Stay on the trail, be sure to dismount from your bike when you see a horse coming towards you, watch for wildlife, pack out what you pack in, control that speed, and most of all, have FUN!
Social distancing, along with exercise, is natural when you visit Garden of the Gods. Going out into the fresh air and enjoying all the park has to offer is a win-win situation.
For more information, or to plan your trip to Garden of the Gods, contact Broadmoor Outfitters for all your planning needs.