Our final destination was Estes Park. We'd never been to this part of Colorado, but two different family friends went this summer, so we decided to jump on the bandwagon. I'm sure glad we did. The temperature was perfect and the scenery was wonderful. We stayed at the YMCA of the Rockies, which is totally different than what you probably imagine when you think of staying at the Y. Trust me, it's awesome. The activities for kids are almost limitless, and most are free. The girls rock climbed, played organized basketball and volleyball, attended two nature craft classes and a hiking skills class. They also created tie-dye shirts in a separate arts and craft building.
Before we got to Estes Park we explored the Broomfield and Boulder area. We found a cool shopping center that had neat outdoor play areas for kids, including sand volleyball and giant chess and checker boards. The girls loved it.
I don't have many great pictures of the town of Estes Park or the YMCA, but they were both fantastic. We really enjoyed going into town to stroll by the river, shop, and eat. The YMCA was in the most beautiful setting in the world and very organized and family friendly. I really can't say enough about it. We will very likely go again next year, hopefully with some friends and family. Let me know if you are interested in joining us!