Best Places for Family Fun

Crestone Music Festival

Held in August this event offers music and fun for the whole family with over 20 acts on 2 stages.

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

The historic narrow gauge railroad give passengers a unique view of the San Juan Mountains as its crosses the Colorado-New Mexico border 11 times and carries them over 10,015 Cumbres Pass. The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad offers daily scenic train rides from both Antonito, CO and Chama, New Mexico. For schedules and details please visit or call 1-888-Cumbres.


ElementsCamp for Kids gives campers the chance to explore the elemental life forces in fun, safe, and educational ways in the Crestone area. Highlights include element & 5 sense games, leadership and team building initiatives, Adventures in Sound Play, centering exercises, intuition games, ecosystem awareness, junior alchemy, and backpacking skills. For more information:


Kids love to play in the sand, so the park’s giant sand dunes generally go over pretty well with the youngins’. The self-guided Montville Trail and the park’s visitor center are also family friendly. The Montville Trail is a half-mile loop that parallels Mosca Creek and leads pas remnants of a historic toll station. Great Sand Dunes Homepage

Mountain Home Reservoir

Just a few miles southwest of Fort Garland, Costilla County’s Mountain Home Reservoir is stocked with trout and a great place for a day or afternoon of family fishing. A smaller reservoir, Smith Reservoir just south of Blanca is another fun place to play in the water.

Ski Hi Stampede Rodeo

The annual Ski Hi Stampede is Colorado’s oldenst pro rodeo and has continued for 9 decades as an annual event. Held in July the event includes parades, carnival, rodeo events and live music.

Sand Dunes Swimming Pool

Open year round, the pool is a treat for adults and kids with two pools of warm artesian water, a large pool, and a smaller therapy pool. There are also food concessions, RV sites, tent camping and cabin rentals on site.

Tucker Ponds, Big Meadows and Beaver Reservoirs

These water bodies around South Fork offer easily accessible fishing opportunities for families.

UFO Watchtower

For some “off the beaten path” family outdoor recreation, hit the watchtower.