There are so many activities in the Estes Park area that are suitable for families with children of all ages that it would be impossible to list them all.

One family activity that should not be missed is the Estes Park Aerial Tramway. A “tramway” is a form of transportation that was invented about 1,500 years ago by the Chinese as a way to carry heavy objects and people to the top of mountains (and back down again). The modern version of a tramway was built by the Swiss in the 1900s, and the tramway in Estes Park has been there since 1955 and is used for tourism and recreational purposes.

The aerial tramway begins in Estes Valley and takes its passengers to the very top of Prospect Mountain. The tram elevates about 1,100 vertical feet in just a few minutes and when it reaches the top of Prospect Mountain it drops off it’s passengers who have reached their destination at 8,700 feet above see level.

The views at the top of the mountain are spectacular, and the whole family will enjoy the trip. A lunch can be packed for a picnic and the tramway can be taken back down the mountain whenever it is desired… but it closes at 6:30 p.m. The rates for a round trip ticket are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $4 for ages 6-11, and any child under the age of 5 is free.