Colorado Amusement Parks and Theme Parks

Find Roller Coasters and Other Fun

There aren't a lot of major theme parks or amusement parks in Colorado. In fact, there is really only one -- Elitch Gardens -- and it's not all that big when compared to behemoths such as Six Flags Magic Mountain or Disneyland in California. But there are quite a few places to find rides and other amusements in the state. Let's run them down.

Here are some resources to find nearby parks and make travel plans:

Colorado amusement parks and theme parks are listed alphabetically.

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    Elitch Gardens

    Elitch Gardens in Colorado
    ••• Elitch Gardens

    Denver
    Open early March through late October

    The former Six Flags theme park has an interesting history. It dates back to 1890 and included an ornate theater for live productions and a ballroom where famous big bands performed. The original location closed, however, and the park relocated near downtown Denver in 1995. It includes some nice coasters as well as a good collection of other thrill rides, family rides, and kiddie rides. Admission to the adjacent water park is included with general admission.

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    Glenwood Caverns Colorado
    ••• Glenwood Caverns

    Glenwood Springs
    Open year-round, but some of the rides and attractions are seasonal

    With its underground caverns, cave tours, a tram ride to view the Rocky Mountains, and other attractions that take advantage of its beautiful surroundings, Glenwood Caverns is not a traditional amusement park. It does, however, include some amusement rides, including a couple of roller coasters, a Ferris wheel, a 4-D motion theater, a giant swing, and a small drop tower.

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    Heritage Square Amusement Park Colorado
    ••• Heritage Square Amusement Park

    Golden
    Open early April through late October

    The small amusement park doesn't offer a major roller coaster, but it does have family and kiddie rides such as a carousel, Ferris wheel, and tea cups. It also offers go-karts, mini golf, bumper boats, a zip line, and an arcade.

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    Lakeside amusement park Colorado
    ••• Lakeside

    Denver
    Open early May to mid-September

    The traditional amusement park dates back to 1908 and is one of a few remaining trolley parks. It has some lovely, original Art Deco signs and architecture as well as some vintage rides such as the circa-1940 Cyclone wooden coaster. And yes, it is located on a lake.

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    Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Colorado
    ••• Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

    Canon City
    Open year-round, but some of the rides and attractions are seasonal

    Like Glenwood Caverns, this is not a typical amusement park. Attractions include the world's highest suspension bridge, the world's longest aerial tram, and the world's steepest incline railway. There are also a few amusement rides such as a carousel, a mini train, and a Skycoaster bungee drop ride.

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    Santa's Workshop Colorado
    ••• Santa's Workshop

    North Pole (really! That's the name of the town. It's located near Colorado Springs.)
    Open in late May through the fall and again around the holidays

    The small, Christmas-themed park dates back to the mid-1950s. The family and kiddie rides include a small coaster, an antique car ride, a Ferris wheel, and a carousel. The highlight is a visit with Santa (of course). The park is open around the Christmas holidays as well as in warmer weather.