Great Wolf Lodge: Family Fun in Colorado

Kids enjoy playing in the water. Photo by Julie Bielenberg
Kids enjoy playing in the water. Photo by Julie Bielenberg

Time for more kid fun. Scoops Kid Spa has ice cream-themed manicures and pedicures for young ones. For adults, there are organic pedicures.

Ten Paw Alley is family-style bowling with pint-sized bowling balls. Families also love the Northern Lights Arcade, Howlers Peak Ropes Course, Rustic Ridge Climbing Wall, Oliver’s Mining Co. where you pan and sift dirt to discover gemstones and minerals to take home in a keepsake collection bag, a mini 9-hole golf course, the Clubhouse Crew with an interactive scavenger hunt through the resort starring the Great Wolf Kids characters and the most popular, MaqiQuest.

This is located throughout the floors of the hotel and you can hear the kids giggling in the hallways as they play the game. They can battle dragons, befriend a pixie and wave a magic wand in the live-action adventure game that has three unique chapters, each with their own challenges and quests.

Don’t forget the grub! New to the brand is a farm-to-table experience called Barnwood that is open for lunch and dinner. The Loose Moose Family Kitchen is open for buffet-style breakfast and dinner. For sweet treats there is a Ben & Jerry’s and even better, there is a Dunkin’ Donuts for sugar rushes of doughnuts and incredible iced coffees.

The Outpost at Great Wolf Lodge is located in Great Wolf Adventure Park, and features craft beer and signature cocktails. Hungry as a Wolf is also located in Great Wolf Adventure Park and has family meals on the go for lunch and dinner.

Once inside the park, beer can keep flowing. There is Buckets Incredible Craveables with burgers, hot dogs, small snacks. The Watering Hole has blended drinks, craft beer, and soft drinks. And yes, they do have cocktail service in the kiddie pool area, I tried it out to make sure.

Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs

If you don’t like waterparks or large, family-style resorts, stay clear, because the Wolf Pack is actually what is sounds like — large, family groups having a grand ole time. The only downside to the hotel is the elevator lines. Since the resort was originally built as an Embassy Suites, there were only three elevators incorporated into the design. On busy weekends, you wish they had arranged for one more elevator, the lines could be a few minutes long.

Author Bio: Julie Bielenberg is a Denver-based writer. She contributes over 50 stories per year to various outlets including AAA, Cowboys & Indians, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, The MotherList, Mountain Magazine, Mile High Mamas, Colorado & Mountain Meetings + Events, and many more. She is the State’s #1 agritourism writer, covering more ground and events and publishing in more outlets than any other Coloradan. She travels in search of fields, farms, families and more. Sometimes she finds herself in often uncovered, or understated locales. Follow her at for travels and adventures and on Instagram @slowandgotraveler