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His quips are cornier than a silo full of kernels, and he’s pretty much the biggest exaggerator in the world, but that doesn’t mean you don’t love your dear old Dad. This Father’s Day, rather than getting him something he’ll leave at the bottom of a drawer, show him how much you love him by taking him somewhere. These experiential gift ideas will ensure you both have inside jokes and yarn to spin for years to come.
Cast a line and catch the big one with your old man at the two-year-old Grand Hyatt Vail, which sits along the Gore Creek’s Gold Medal fly-fishing waters. The hotel offers a customized fly-fishing experience led by Vail Valley Anglers and, if you happen to be there this Sunday, you can sit down for a gourmet barbecue lunch featuring grilled oysters, pulled jerk chicken, and chipotle mango ribs, among other delicious dishes. Starting at $373 for one night stay, four-hour fly fishing excursion, and barbecue
Whether wild rapids or chill ripples are Dad’s jam, Echo Canyon River Expeditions in Cañon City has the perfect option. The Family Float, a gentle ride through the upper reach of Bighorn Sheep Canyon, caters to those who prefer calmer waters; the trip is suitable for kids as young as four. Teenagers older than 14 can join Dad on the rapids ripping through the Royal Gorge. Make a night of it with a stay in the Royal Gorge Cabins, located nearby. Starting at $79 for a half-day
Hit the Western Slope’s most iconic mountain bike trails with a build-your-own, multi-day itinerary put together with the help of adventure travel outfitter, Nomad Inc. One possible line-up includes two days riding the Roaring Fork Valley’s Aspen Sky Mountain Park and Snowmass Mountain Bike Park, followed by another two days tackling the all-new Palisade Plunge Trail and Crested Butte’s renowned 401 Trail. Nomad will also take care of lodging accommodations, meals, and planning your rest days. Starting at $800 per person for two nights lodging, two days guided riding, transportation, photography, and snacks/drinks
Looking for a high-flying adventure option? Share the skies with your pops this summer in a tandem paragliding experience with Aspen Paragliding. You and Dad will each be seated in a harness and then attached, front and back, to your own expert pilot. For takeoff, each passenger and pilot jog down an easy slope until the glider lifts you both off the ground. Soaring high above Aspen, you’ll enjoy unparalleled views of the town, and its surrounding peaks and valleys. Starting at $325 per person
If Dad has seemed on edge lately, we’ve got a way to help him relax a little. The Colorado Pine Escape at this Colorado Springs resort includes a massage with luxurious, pine wood–scented creams (proven mood lifters). Dad can also to unwind in a Pure Sense Soft Pack Bed, where he’ll be cocooned by body temperature warmth, calmed by tranquil vibrations, and soothed by aromatherapy.$165 for a 60-minute session
ATV Ride with Nova Guides and Uncharted Society
Put some zip in your gift with an off-road adventure just outside of Vail. Various packages from Nova Guides and Uncharted Society cater to off-roading novices and pros alike, but all allow you and Dad to explore trails through White River National Forest in new Can-Am all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or two-seater side-by-side vehicles (SSVs). Passengers must be at least five years old, 16 to drive. Starting at $175
Don’t think you have enough money in your piggy bank to gift your favorite guy an enduro bike or a premium paddleboard? We beg to differ. A monthly membership to Gravity Haus—a community dedicated to staying active—gives your old man access to their Haus Quiver, which includes top-end bikes and paddleboards, as well as climbing, camping, and running gear. Dad can borrow equipment from locations across Colorado and brag about all the gear he got for Father’s Day. $50 per month for a 12-month Explorer Membership