Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center seem from the exterior with its lazy-river water park in the foreground, verdant green grass and a bluebird-blue sky in the background.

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center

Located just 15 minutes from Denver International Airport, the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora delivers big on fun all in one impressive place. Here you can relax by the Rocky Mountain foothills at a sprawling resort boasting its own wild waterpark.

Amenities abound at this five-star resort where guests can choose between five on-site dining options and a multitude of activities no matter the season. Whether you are in pursuit of a soothing spa experience, drifting down the lazy river soaking up sun or around-the-clock family activities, the Gaylord Rockies Resort guarantees a vacation headspace.

What makes it special?

We’re going with the diversity of family options at this spot. Movie night, escape rooms, scavenger hunts, cookie decorating and painting classes are just some of the indoorsy things to do. Outdoor options are plentiful, too. Families will love the year-round water fun with heated resort-style pools, three water slides, cabanas, plus basketball and tennis courts. Wintertime guests can add ice-bumper cars and Gaylord’s spectacular indoors-and-out holiday decorations to their long list of family-friendly to-dos. After a full day of fun, some rooms include bunkbeds that are perfect for kiddos.

Children play joyously in the Gaylord Rockies Resort pool on a hot summer day.
Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center seen from the exterior with holiday lighting. A galloping horse statue is in the foreground.
A family snow tubes at Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center

The most “Colorado” thing about this place

Colorado is all about its furry, feathered and scaled inhabitants. At the Gaylord, you’ll have ample opportunity to interact with live animals via hands-on demos with Nature Educators. They'll teach you all about Colorado wildlife and the ways to respect it.

Coolest amenity

Now here’s a cool treat: Try roasting marshmallows at sunset around a personal campfire to make melt-in-your-mouth s’mores.

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center's Presidential Suite living room
The cavernous interior of Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center's Grand Lodge is seen at night
Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center's Presidential Suite bedroom

Our favorite traveler review

“I've always wanted to try to stay at a Gaylord Resort. Trust me, this place will not disappoint. The theming of this property was set to the roots of Colorado. First off, the service is top of the game. Every interaction with a staff member was a positive one and showed what customer service really means. I came with my family on a business trip, and we all had a great time. The pool area was like an amusement park. Lazy rivers, water slides, heated pools and hot tubs — they had it all. The food at every restaurant on property was really, really good. I stayed six days so I had time to try them all. I can't recommend this place enough and I hope to stay at another of the many Gaylord resorts around the U.S. in the near future. — Jason C., Yelp

Things to see & do nearby

Guests can indulge in a championship 18-hole golf course at nearby Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, or motor over to Aurora’s Stanley Market Place for a thriving collective of indy shops and restaurants. Other must-dos include the Denver Selfie Museum, Denver Zoo, Wings Over Rockies Air & Space Museum and Coors Field.


Photos courtesy of Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center

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