Tami Mittan, Outdoorsy TravelingMom

Tami Mittan, Outdoorsy TravelingMom

Tami Mittan has lived in Colorado for a decade, and feels happiest when there are mountains on the horizon. She loves spending time outdoors with her husband and 2 kids, frequently exploring their backyard nature playground through hiking, camping, and biking. Although Tami is employed as a computer programmer, she’s a writer at heart and enjoys blogging at Colorado Mountain Mom about her family’s outdoor and travel adventures, and her occasional forays into fitness and fashion. She simply can’t get enough of travel, Disney World, and chocolate cake.


Where to See Colorado’s Wild Horses

Colorado is known for outdoor recreation and miles of beautiful hiking trails. But did you realize it’s also home to one of only three areas in the United States set aside specifically for wild horses? Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Area in Western Colorado is easy to find, free to access, and open year round. Here’s what you need to know to plan a fun day adventure there. Where to See Colorado’s Wild Horses A hidden gem of western Colorado, Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Area is home to a beautiful herd of wild horses.  This sizable area is over 36,000 acres of...

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5 Best Activities at Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs

Great Wolf Lodge is a wilderness themed family resort featuring an exciting indoor water park. Colorado recently opened their first location, with the addition of a dry Adventure Park. What activities are offered, and which are worth the extra cost? Here’s what my family voted 5 Best Activities to invest your time and money in at this fun-packed family vacation site. My family recently attended the Grand Opening of Colorado’s first Great Wolf Lodge.  We’d heard of this great franchise, with its signature indoor water parks.  I was excited to finally have one located in our state, and was...

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How to Make the Most of One Day at Epcot

  Often thought of as the more “grown up” oriented of Walt Disney World’s four parks, Epcot actually has a fabulous range of attractions for all ages. This park is divided into two distinctly different areas – World Showcase, featuring a cultural trip around the globe; and Future World with a mix of… well, all sorts of things. Add in some of the tastiest, most diverse Disney dining options and you’ve got a full day of must-do Disney.  Here’s how to make the most of one day there. Epcot always makes my family’s list of must-see Disney Parks when...

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New Great Wolf Lodge Opens in Colorado

My family recently visited the new Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs during their grand opening celebration.  Colorado’s first indoor water park, this family resort is located less than an hour south of Denver.  Here’s an overview of the dining locations on site, spacious family-sized suites, and addition of an exciting new adventure park. Welcome To Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs Great Wolf Lodge has built up quite a loyal following of vacationers.  This legendary family resort chain’s primary claims to fame include woodsy lodge theming and an indoor water park.  Access to the water park is included free with your...

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Family Fun at Colorado’s Powderhorn Ski Resort

With so many ski resorts in Colorado, how do you decide where to go?  Some highlights from our day spent skiing at Powderhorn, and why my family loves this smaller ski area in Western Colorado.  Plus, whether ski school is right for your kids?  And where to stay and eat during your Powderhorn ski resort visit. My family lives in Colorado, a state known for its outdoor recreation.  Courtesy of those high altitude Rocky Mountains, the Rock Star of all outdoor sports here is downhill skiing. I’m not a skiing fanatic.  But it can be a breathtaking experience to...

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Slope Side Inn: Ski-In Ski-Out Lodging at Colorado’s Powderhorn

Love skiing but not the hefty cost of taking your family on a winter vacation of this kind? Colorado’s Powderhorn is a smaller, lesser known ski destination with a lower price tag. Here’s what to expect at Powderhorn’s only ski-in, ski-out hotel on the mountain, Slope Side Inn. Slope Side Inn at Powderhorn Colorado has miles of fabulous downhill ski terrain, visited by thousands of visitors and locals throughout the snow season.  Big name resorts demand hefty lift ticket fees and expensive lodging. However, a few hidden mountains are a bit smaller and can offer a less crowded, less expensive...

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Colorado Vista Verde Dude Ranch Offers Outdoor Adventure

Considering a family stay at a dude ranch?  This premier mountain location in Colorado is one of the few luxury guest ranches open year round.  Outdoorsy TravelingMom has the scoop with an overview of the cabins, dining, kids program, and outdoor recreation at the beautiful Vista Verde Ranch.  What to consider if visiting in winter, and what makes this a truly authentic dude ranch experience. Colorado Dude Ranch A dude ranch is cattle ranch converted to a vacation resort for tourists. No surprise that Colorado offers a selection of dude ranches, including Vista Verde Ranch,  an all-inclusive luxury guest ranch in...

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Unique and Wonderful Reasons to Visit Portugal

Named “2016 Hottest Destination of the Year” by Travel & Leisure, more and more families are discovering that Portugal is a fantastic Europe vacation destination.  What’s the best way to get there? Where can families find a kid-friendly resort? Which cuisine delicacies should you be on the lookout for?  Where can you find one of Europe’s most unique castles?  Plus the most breathtaking outdoor wonders of this beautiful seaside country that you can’t miss. A First Timer in Europe My recent visit to Portugal was my first time experiencing Europe, and was certainly a thrill.  Fellow world traveling companions provided some insight for...

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3 Must-Try Luxury Family Resorts in Portugal

Which European country is known for its low prices, breathtaking rocky coastlines, plentiful seafood, mouthwatering cuisine, historic tiled-building architecture, and pleasant year-round temperatures?   It’s Portugal!  And boy, does it live up to the hype.   Here’s a look at three luxury resorts with fabulous family-friendly amenities, to consider when traveling to Portugal. 3 Must-Try Luxury Family Resorts in Portugal Recently named “2016 Hottest Destination of the Year” by Travel & Leisure, there are so many reasons to take your family to the scenic country Portugal.  My recent visit was actually my first time in Europe, and I was surprised...

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Arches National Park Magnificent Day Adventure in Utah

Do you need to be an expert hiker in top condition to visit the arches up close?  What are the recreation options in this this area near Moab, Utah, and why does it hold such a strong allure to outdoor enthusiasts?  What’s the best way to catch a glimpse of the famous “delicate arch”? Here are my families’ favorite spots in Arches National Park, and what to expect on an outdoor day adventure. Moab, Utah: Outdoor Recreation Mecca Just outside of the small outrigger town of Moab, Utah sits the majestic Arches National Park.   Moab rightfully declares itself a year-round,...

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