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Old 07-14-2018, 10:02 PM
 
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Hello


I am interested in locations/cities with the best mild-to-moderate action (small kids and family) near the Colorado Springs area. The reason being is I may try to take my son for a tour of the Air Force Academy the day prior.


Thank you
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:15 PM
 
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Near the USAF Academy is a Mining Museum that may be of interest to a child. Otherwise, there's a really nice zoo on the south end of town, and a few miles west of town is a "North Pole" attraction and a dinosaur park up in Woodland Park.

I'd say the nearest rafting is down in Canon City on the Arkansas River; lots of rafting outfits there, and an old prison to tour and then there's the Royal Gorge park with a very high bridge one can walk across and feel it moving, hundreds of feet above the river.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:15 PM
 
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Check with rafting companies for mild trips on the Arkansas river.
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Old 07-29-2018, 04:24 PM
 
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Canon City for rafting the Arkansas River as mentioned by Mike. Big Horn Sheep Canyon might be a good choice for mild to moderate. It is beautiful on the Ark! It's maybe 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours from AF. And while you are down there, there are other family friendly activities too including the Royal Gorge train (https://royalgorgeroute.com/)

I hope you enjoy your time here!
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Old 07-29-2018, 05:04 PM
 
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When are you doing this?

The dam that releases water for the Arkansas shuts off on August 15th so the river can get pretty bony after that.
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Old 07-29-2018, 05:10 PM
 
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Go early in Summer. Mid to late summer is no fun because of water levels. Almost all the rafting companies offer more moderate-easy trips.
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