This past week, my family snuck away for a quick, fun-packed trip to Camelback Resort. With so much to do for all ages, the hardest part was choosing between all of the great options. Thanks to Camelback’s resources online, we were able to put together a great plan, but to make it even easier for you, here’s an hour-by-hour itinerary (with insider tips!) that your family will never forget. My family can’t stop talking about it!
Family Itinerary at Camelback Resort
Monday 4 p.m. – Check in
The check-in process is fast, and the staff is super helpful. But to make it an even more memorable experience, let your kids have their own check-in experience. Insider’s tip: You have access to Aquatopia starting at 12:30 p.m. on your check-in date and can go as many times as you’d like until the waterpark closes on your check-out date. Arrive early and stay late to take full advantage!
Monday 4:30 p.m. – Aquatopia
Let’s be real. No kid in the world would be ok sitting in their room for more than a few minutes once they arrive, so be ready to drop off your suitcases and throw on your suits (bonus points if you wore your suits under your travel clothes). Take the elevator to the 1st floor and start the trip off with a literal splash. Check out my video on my favorite ride Paradise Plunge. Insider’s tip: Lockers are only a few dollars at the waterpark, so take the necessities and grab a spot near the restrooms.
Monday 6:30 p.m. – Trails End Pub
Not gonna lie – it will be hard to pull your kids away from the waterpark, but you can easily sneak in more time later. They’ll likely be ready to eat after a good 90 minutes at the waterpark anyhow. Our favorite restaurant had an amazing view of the slopes, reasonable prices, and a good kids menu. Oh and let’s not forget about the Insta-worthy s’mores pie. Insider’s tip: You probably won’t need a reservation for an early dinner, but the place fills up quickly around 7. Make a reservation just to be safe.
Monday 7:45 p.m. – Scavenger hunt or movie night
To work off the s’mores sugar rush before bedtime, join in on a free scavenger hunt challenge that your family can access right on their phones and still play as a team. Insider’s tip: If your family is looking for a more chill event, grab a couch or comfy pillow and enjoy movie night in the lobby starting at 7 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. – Donut decorating
If your kids can wait this long to get out of bed, stop by the lobby for a colorful breakfast while you grab a coffee or quick snack at the grab-n-go counter. Insider’s tip: After breakfast on your check-out date, I’d recommend putting your suitcases in the car before kicking off the day. The parking lot is very convenient, so you can stop by anytime you need to access items.
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. – Skiing
Early morning is the best time to hit the slopes to avoid some of the crowds. You can catch the shuttle right in front of the resort to get to the rental shop. It’s only a quick 3-minute ride to get your gear. From there, you have access to lessons, bunny hill, and slopes for all levels. Insider’s tip: If you can avoid renting a locker at the rental shop, take the slopes back to the resort where you can conveniently return your gear there, as well.
Tuesday 12 p.m. – Lunch
At this point, everyone is starving. I’d recommend a quick and affordable lunch at Graffiti Pizza that is located right outside Aquatopia.
Tuesday 1 p.m. – Indoor activities
Your family might be easily split on how to spend the rest of their trip between skiing, Aquatopia, and indoor fun. If the kids are looking for something new, laser tag, rock climbing, virtual reality, bowling, and so much more are at their fingertips.
Tuesday 2 p.m. Snow tubing
Don’t leave without enjoying some good ol’ fashioned snow tubing. We found it easiest to park at the tubing area (conveniently located at the entrance of the resort) instead of taking the shuttle. That way, we could hit the road right when we were finished. Each session lasts three hours. That should give you plenty of time to get in as many runs you’d like. Check out our video of our first run down the shorter hill. Insider’s tip: For maximum adrenaline rush, select the the first half of hills when you enter the tubing area. Definitely make a chain with your entire family using the single tubes (max of six tubes in a chain). The first set of hills are longer, and you can make larger chains.
If you’ve been to Camelback, and there’s something else you add to our itinerary, I’d love to hear it! There was still so much we didn’t get to do on our short trip!
Camelback Resort paid for my expenses on my trip. All thoughts and opinions are my own.