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How We Came To Be

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Our company owner and CEO Greg used to visit the Rocky Mountains of Colorado for vacation from Texas growing up. He later went on to become a raft guide and started a small adventure company featuring outdoor activities like horseback riding, fly fishing, and rafting. He eventually sold that business to pursue the ultimate dream: Having an adventure park & resort that featured lodging, outdoor activities, dining, and event spaces!

When the park initially broke ground in 2016, the first lodging units installed were fully-furnished cabins and camping yurts. It was intended for guests to be given the option between glamping in a yurt with bunk beds near a heated bathhouse or a cabin that came with more modern amenities like a kitchen, flat screen TVs, and full restroom. The cabins were also individually themed -inspired by some of the local attractions in the area. For example, the Railway Cabin is railroad themed and was inspired by the Georgetown Loop Railroad located nearby. Miner’s Cabin was inspired by the Argo Mine & Mill located in Idaho Springs. And of course, no vacation would be the same unless your fur baby  got to come along, so all of the cabins and yurts are pet-friendly!

This year the park plans on expanding lodging with a hybrid between cabins and yurts: canvased tents that include full amenities like a kitchen, bathroom, and bedrooms. They are also looking to create dedicated event spaces for groups seeking to host family reunions, wedding parties, or corporate outings.

For the park’s activities, the first Via Ferrata in Clear Creek was built right along the side of the mountain on-property. A zipline was then built near the end of the Via Ferrata so that adventurers could zip down after the climb up!

The addition of a Zorb (a giant hamster ball you climb into and are rolled down hill in) was added along with its mountain course and has become one of the most popular children’s activities at the park. The upper park was also intended for younger adventurers with a climbing wall, challenge course, and bungee trampoline.

Whitewater rafting on Clear Creek was the first and main determining factor for where the park would originally be located. At the time Clear Creek wasn’t as popular of a rafting spot, but it has quickly come to be regarded as one of the Top 10 Best Places to Raft in Colorado. The input for the park’s guided Intermediate/ Advanced whitewater rafting is located conveniently across the street from the park and the input for beginner rafting is only 10 minutes away.

For those who want to take in more leisurely activities, the park also offers guided fly fishing and a Disc Golf course that allows guests to hike at their own pace through the surrounding woods while trying to toss their discs in a basket!

In 2020 the addition of UTV Side-By-Sides were also added, giving guests a chance to take a guided drive up through the mountains and even tour an old gold mine. The UTVs tend to be safer than ATVs and are easier to maneuver in and drive up the rocky mountainside.

Speaking of gold mining history, the land the adventure park is on has some interesting history of its own. The area used to be a mining encampment and in recent years older mines that had once been searched for gold on property had to be blocked off so no one would accidentally try to search in them. There was also an old wagon trail leading through near where the zipline is now located.

With lodging and activities all available directly through the park, it would only make sense to also include a bar & grill, which can be found right above the main lodge. Guests can even call-in and order directly and have food brough to their lodging. The bar & grill also features family-friendly meal options for kids like classic mac & cheese and hot dogs. The Adventure Basecamp Bar & Grill is open to the public throughout the week for those passing through looking for a great place to stop for a bite.

The park also stays open all year-round and during the winter time! Guests can lodge in the cabin and yurts and enjoy all of the nearby activities such as ice skating in Idaho Springs, snowmobile trips in Winter Park, snowtubing, skiing or snowboarding at Loveland Ski Area or the surrounding ski resorts, and visiting the ice castle in Dillon, CO. The park itself offers guided snowshoeing trips up to St. Mary’s Glacier on the weekends and has become well known for its Ski & Stay packages that discount lodging stays in cabins during weekdays with passes to Loveland.

The park has hosted a wide variety of adventurers throughout the years. Couples like to stay for a romantic mountain getaway. Families enjoy having activities they can do together that are intended for those who have never rafted, ziplined, or gone on UTV tours before. Corporate groups like having team bonding experiences like camping in yurts, climbing the via ferrata, and enjoying refreshments at the bar afterwards. Wedding parties like staying in the modern cabins, having meals catered for their group, and then rafting together down Clear Creek. We’ve also had spiritual retreats, youth groups, sports teams, and other groups venture out to Play & Stay!

The vision of the adventure resort is to cater to younger and newer adventurers in a way that’s convenient, fun, and comfortable. Lawson Adventure Park & Resort is also situated right in between the historic towns of Georgetown and Idaho Springs (where gold was first discovered in Colorado). Being located right off of I-70, just 35 miles west of Denver, and in between local shops and gold mining history makes having a Playcation at the park and exploring the area an adventure with endless possibilities.