21 Plus Salute!
Colorado bursts with experiences for grownups.
Leave the kids (if you’ve got any) at home and head to Colorado.
Seize the chance to reconnect, enjoy some peace and quiet, and indulge in adults-only experiences at ranches, B&Bs, hot springs, 18-and-older events and more.
Colorado is a state that’s ready to deliver adult fun.
Grown-Up Ranch Getaways…
Do Yoga on the River at Majestic Dude Ranch:
At Majestic Dude Ranch, adults can relax in a laid back atmosphere during the ranch’s child-free month in September. Located on the river, the ranch offers amazing mountain views and is surrounded by forests of Evergreens. Visitors are provided with various complementary activities such as yoga sessions, horseback riding lessons, cooking classes, wine and apps before each meal and free local beer.
Embrace the Western Lifestyle at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch:
During the latter part of August and mid-September, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch transforms into The Great Grown-up Getaway, an adults only dude ranch. This all inclusive package is available August 12-18 and September 16-21 and includes six comfortable nights of lodging and 17 mouth-watering ranch-style meals for adults 21 and older. Guests can enjoy adult-oriented activities such as wine and cheese tasting, country-dance instruction, guided nature hikes and trapshooting.
Fish With a Glass of Whiskey In Hand at The Home Ranch:
The Home Ranch is Colorado’s only Relais & Chateau affiliated guest ranch and an Orvis endorsed fly fishing lodge with nearly three miles of the beautiful Elk River flowing through the property. This inclusive package offers visitors a four-night stay and fishing at the best holes in the river with a healthy supply of Colorado whiskey on hand. When guests aren’t busy casting a line, they can work on their cocktail skills in mixology and juice classes or attend an outdoor cooking demo at the ranch’s new Farm Kitchen.
Join Ladies and Gents Week at Rawah Ranch:
Located north of Denver, this remote wilderness ranch offers visitors an escape away from the city for a three or six-day mountain retreat. Centric adult activities that are offered are casino nights, live western music, saloon games, wine, beer and liquor tastings and much more. This adult adventure is available September 16-22.
Play Like Adults at Vista Verde Ranch:
From August 19-October 18, luxury guest ranch Vista Verde Ranch shuts down and turns into an adults-only playground. Offering mostly week-long stays with shorter options available in October, guests can unwind with a soak in the ranch’s private hot tubs and bask in glorious views of summits and fall foliage. Also available in this stay are three meals per day, horseback riding, hikes, rock climbing, cooking classes and wine tasting, paddle boarding and so much more.
Spend a Week in the Valley of Rock Creek at Black Mountain Ranch:
Black Mountain Ranch, located just halfway between Vail and Steamboat Springs, offers adults-only weeks from May 27–June 17 and August 26–September 16. Only booking on week-long stays, the package also offers included meals, unlimited horseback riding, an overnight pack trip, whitewater rafting, fly and spin fishing and several other ranch activities.
Wrangle Cattle at Lost Valley Ranch:
With more than 67,000 acres of National Forest land, Lost Valley Ranch is offering guests the opportunity to help roundup cattle. The riding involves all-day and half-day riding or just working until the job is done. As an important part of the ranch’s operation, making sure that the cattle are shipped in a timely manner is a vital part of the ranch’s operation. This guest week is available September 23-30.
Adult Places to Stay and Things to Do…
Adult Summer Camp at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park:
Adults who never went to camp as a child can now enjoy their own camp-like experiences at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. From indoor swimming and roller skating to guided hikes and renting fat bikes, there are more than 800+ acres of property that borders Rocky Mountain National Park to explore. For those keen on learning a new skill, there are classes in archery, fly fishing, disc golf and art. Accommodations include a stay in rustic private cabins or lodge rooms with common areas.
Purple Mountain Bed & Breakfast in Crested Butte:
It’s always “do not disturb” mode at this quaint adults-only hideaway in Crested Butte that’s strictly 16-plus. Just a few blocks from historic Elk Avenue, Purple Mountain Bed & Breakfast has six plush rooms, an onsite day spa and an outdoor hot tub. After a day of adventure, guests can retire back to the house for complimentary craft beer on tap.
Queen Anne Bed & Breakfast in Denver:
Queen Anne B&B is a grown-ups-only urban retreat that fuses art and sustainability. Side-by-side Victorian homes sit on the edge of downtown Denver, putting guests close to the city’s vibrant dining and nightlife. Many rooms feature murals or paintings by local artists and in-room whirlpool tubs. There are eco-friendly perks throughout, like organic toiletries and gardens where the onsite chef grows herbs and veggies for complimentary breakfast.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs:
By day, this forested hot spring just north of Steamboat Springs teems with families splashing in the all-natural pools. After dark, it becomes exclusively adults-only — and clothing-optional. Secluded hillside cabins and train cabooses are within sprinting distance from the pools, for those cooler Colorado nights.
StoneBrook Resort on Fall River in Estes Park:
A sanctuary just for mature audiences all year long, Stonebrook Resort on Fall River offers plenty of peaceful settings, from secluded outdoor hot tubs overlooking the river to private hiking trails that lead to Rocky Mountain National Park, just 2 miles away. Downtown Estes Park, with snug restaurants, breweries and wineries well-suited for a couples’ night out, is just 2 miles the other way.
Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs in Ouray:
While kids of all ages are welcome at this Ouray resort, visitors can find multiple kid-free corners available around the clock. The adults-only indoor sanctuary is open 24 hours and filled with spa-like stonework, including a spring-fed tub built from river rocks. Outside, a 102-degree soaking tub implements adult time from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., enough to make any couple starry-eyed under the night sky.
Couples Cooking Class at Uncorked, Centennial (June-July):
If it’s true that the couple that cooks together stays together, then Uncorked in Centennial is saving relationships by the class-full. Couples can cozy up in the kitchen while professional chefs work with them individually to prepare a pre-fixe, themed menu. Classes include Bourbon & Beef and Cooking with Chocolate, and come with a well-earned bottle of wine per couple.
1940’s WWII-Era Ball, Boulder (June 16):
A hangar at the Boulder Municipal Airport is transformed into a dance hall befitting the USO, with 1940s cars, celebrity impersonators, swing dance lessons, live music and an authentic-attire contest make guests feel like an extra in “Casablanca.”
The 8th Annual Colorado Burlesque Festival, Denver (July 12-15):
The 8th Annual Colorado Burlesque Festival (CBF) is a dazzling, full-length burlesque extravaganza held in Denver. CBF weekend is non-stop with 3 blowout showcases planned at EXDO Event Center in the RiNo neighborhood. Featuring local and traveling performers, CBF will honor the American tradition of sensational live theater.
Tails, Tunes and Tastes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs (July 26 and August 30):
Guests can dance the night away at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s after-hours, adults-only event Tails, Tunes & Taste. With four stages of live music, there will be all-inclusive drinks and international cuisine provided by Taste, the Zoo’s onsite caterer. Throughout the night there will be several animal demonstrations with many animal exhibits open 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. All proceeds of the event benefit the care of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
Colorado Mountain Winefest, Palisade (September 13-16):
Take in all that Colorado Winefest has to offer from food and wine pairings, chocolate and wine tastings, educational seminars and more. The “Festival in the Park” takes place on Saturday, September 15 and is the state’s largest and oldest wine festival featuring dozens of Colorado wineries, live music, a grape stomp, chef demonstrations and seminars.
Breckenridge Wine Classic, Breckenridge (September 13-16):
Attendees of the Breckenridge Wine Classic will have the opportunity to entertain their taste-buds with wine picked by master sommeliers and food made by culinary greats, all while surrounded by beautiful views of the Rockies. With tastings, seminars, demonstrations, and outdoor adventures all created with food and wine in mind, there will be more than 500 different wines, beers and spirits for guests to sample.
Colorado is a four-season destination with a scenic landscape that boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 12 national parks and monuments and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet.
For more information or a copy of the 2018 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, visit COLORADO.com or call 1-800 COLORADO.
-Text & images courtesy Colorado Tourism Office; click on image for photographer details