A Destination Getaway Of It's Own - Gaylord Of The Rockies

Everything You Need and Want To Keep Your Family Entertained.

By Melissa Shrader Editor/Publisher Fort Collins Macaroni Kid June 21, 2021


My mother, daughter, and I had a much-needed “Girls Retreat" at Gaylord of the Rockies.

When we pulled up and saw the life-size mustang sculptures galloping across the grass my daughter was awe-struck! 

As we passed through the rotating doorway and entered the lobby, we were amazed by all the Pirate décor, chests full of Pirate bootie, and the giant compass on the floor. Young guests dressed in their finest Princess and Pirate attire. And the staff all masked and ready to help in any way we needed. 

After we settled in, our first stop was Arapaho Springs and Swimming! 

We all loved all the water features and the spiraling waterslides! We relaxed on the 720 foot long lazy river, hung out at one of the private cabanas, and enjoyed the pirate-themed pool party. 

This is where we spent most of our time. Indoor and outdoor pools were just what my Mermaid Princess ordered!

This was just the first day after we checked in.

We started our next day with the adventure of searching all throughout the hotel public areas for The Shiny Stash Treasure Hunt. Some of the treasures were truly challenging to find! When we finished our quest and find all the treasures, we turned in our scavenger hunt booklets and received a wonderful prize. 

We also created a masterpiece at the Pirate & Princess Art Studio located in the Rocky Grotto. At the end of the day, we enjoyed S'mores around a firepit on the west lawn just outside the Old Hickory Steakhouse. 

The Marketplace was our destination for Breakfast and snacks! Arapaho Springs Pool Café was our lunch spot. We were up late one night and enjoyed some munchies at Pinyons. Mountain Pass Sports Bar became our favorite place to hang out for dinner. 

The two days we were there were packed with so much entertainment, and we didn’t really even scratch the surface of what there is to do. 

We enjoyed the trip and Girl Time to its fullest! We have a list of things we want to do when we return! 

When it was time to leave, we felt refreshed, thoroughly entertained, and excited to come back for more! 

Gaylord of the Rockies is the perfect getaway where you can enjoy tons to do in the nearby area or stay at the hotel and have the vacation of your life without even leaving.  The Gaylord “Summer of More” has so much to do at the Hotel you won't want to leave. Every part of the hotel is bustling with something for kids of all ages. 


Pirate & Princess Academy 

The Captain’s Quarters 

Pirate & Princess Art Studio 

Princess’ Shiny Stash Scavenger Hunt 

Buccaneer Bash

The Captain’s Hidden Treasure Escape Room 

Campfire & S’mores 

Build A Bear Workshop 

Pirate’s Cove 

Animal Encounters 



Pirate & Princess haircuts 

Pirate & Princess Shampoo & Style 

Pirate & Princess Manicures and Pedicures


105 Minute Detox & Renewal Body Treatment 

80 Minute Skin Renewal Facial 


Arapaho Springs Indoor & Outdoor Pool 

Arapahoe Springs Lazy River 

Water Aerobics/Yoga Fitness Class 

Outdoor Activities – 9 Hole Disc Golf, Mini Golf, Pickle Ball, Tennis, Basketball, Jogging 

Shopping – Rockies Trading Post 

Services – FedEx Office 


The Summer of More runs all summer through Labor Day September 6th 2021. 

The resort’s Summer of More package starts at $284 per night and includes a one-night stay, two scavenger hunt books, two s’mores’ kits, and a $25 food and beverage credit.

As the safety of its guests and STARS (employees) is of paramount importance, the resort’s summer events have been developed in accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” program and enhanced protocols.

For more information about Gaylord Rockies Resort and to book an overnight stay, room package, or events and activities, visit

I received a complimentary stay at Gaylord Rockies to facilitate this review. All thoughts are my own.