Have you ever decided to do something, but were not quite sure what you just signed up for?  That is me.  All the time.  I love to try new things, especially if it sounds like family adventure or outdoors is somehow involved.  And then last spring I stumbled across a link to Cotopaxi Questival.

It looked like a race, or something like a race.  A 24 hour race?!?!  While we’re always ready to try out new family events like this, I wasn’t actually sure that it was completely family-friendly.  We figured the worst that could happen was we couldn’t really compete and didn’t finish the race.  But, hey, at least we would know what it was all about!

And I can tell you that we have never had so much fun in 24 hours (ok, 16 really, but we did go home to sleep, but we think sleeping can kind of be fun too).

So much fun, in fact, that we just wrapped up our second adventure in a special fall edition: Oktoberquest.

So, what is this Questival all about?

Questival is all about earning points for completing challenges in teams of 2-6.  And since we love family events, my husband and I registered as a team and brought the kids to participate along side us.  There are about 300 challenges that usually range from 1-6 points (sometimes more when they get super crazy).  You get points by submitting a photo or video of your team completing the challenge through their app.  Some are easy, some not so much. All are fun though!

  • 24 hours before the kick-off started, we were able to download a list of the challenges.  Look through these before you head down to the event, and use it to plan out your adventure – there is going to be too much to do in just 24 hours!
  • Cross some off the list right away (anything there is no way you can do – just remember to challenge yourself a little!) and highlight anything that looks way too fun to miss (impromptu YMCA song in front of the YMCA anyone?).
  • Make sure you have the gear you need to complete the challenges on your list (I forgot our hammock this time so we missed out on the urban hammocking).
  • At the kick-off event, each registered participant gets a Cotopaxi Luzon backpack.  These are the BEST day packs and we use them all the time.  It’s also fun to find other Questival participants around town wearing their backpacks (this year we ran into another team on a hike about 45 minutes from Denver)!
  • And each team gets a totem at the kick-off.  In order to receive points, the totem MUST be seen in all photos and videos.
  • Download the app to earn your points!

What are the challenges like?

There is a little bit of everything!  The challenges will have your family:

exploring and discovering your (or a new) city, with challenges to find murals and other cool things all around the city and submitting a team photo in front of the mural (we found some really cool neighborhoods we’d never been to in Denver)

Are you ready for a new family adventure? Cotopaxi Questival is the ultimate adventure race - a great way to explore and DO GOOD with kids of all ages!
one of our favorite murals we found in Denver
challenge yourself at #questival. explore the city, act goofy, & #DOGOOD for points! Click To Tweet

doing good by making small donations to charities, leaving happy notes around town, and collecting trash at a park

Are you ready for a new family adventure? Cotopaxi Questival is the ultimate adventure race - a great way to explore and DO GOOD with kids of all ages!
we all contributed to a list of 50 things we are grateful for


being goofy brushing each other’s teeth, having a dancing party with strangers, and eating crickets (ew!)

getting a little exercise in by making videos of team planks, push-ups, and wall-sits

Are you ready for a new family adventure? Cotopaxi Questival is the ultimate adventure race - a great way to explore and DO GOOD with kids of all ages!
yep, that’s us doing planks in the middle of a city park
awkardly planking in public places is only one of the challenges with #family at #Questival! Click To Tweet

spending time outdoors while camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, skateboarding, and so much more, all earning you some points!

and maybe even out of your comfort zone by getting you in front of the camera filming a video, playing instruments in public, or sporting a mohawk! (One we chose this year was to order a PSL under the name Bueller at Starbucks.  When the order was ready, my youngest responded to the barista with “You know, life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”  She was a little nervous, but she nailed it!

Are you ready for a new family adventure? Cotopaxi Questival is the ultimate adventure race - a great way to explore and DO GOOD with kids of all ages!
this challenge was a throwback to Ferris Bueller!

Is it really good for families?

Yes! The challenges are what you make of it, and you can do as much or as little as you want.  There really is no pressure to make it a true 24-hour event.

Lots of challenges can be done at or around home, which makes for an easier day for younger kids.

And there are enough feel-good challenges that you probably wouldn’t otherwise get around to do.  Taking the time to write down 50 things you are grateful for, FaceTiming Grandma just to tell her you love her, and bringing a bag just to collect trash along your hike.  It all leaves you feeling pretty good about how you spent your last 24 hours.

Families that love adventure, to explore cities and nearby towns, love to do good for their community, or that just want a reason to be goofy should visit Cotopaxi to find out when Questival will be in your town!

Do you have favorite family events in your area?  We’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Are you ready for a new family adventure? Cotopaxi Questival is the ultimate adventure race - a great way to explore and DO GOOD with kids of all ages!

38 comments on “Questival: Family Adventure and a Lifetime of Memories”

    • The hit a lot of the major cities, so there just might be one near you! We do a lot of events and races as a family, but this one was definitely different from the others we’ve done.

  1. sounds like a great time! I love the idea of doing things like this with your kids! Mine are too little right now, but totally something to consider for the future. I’ll have to check out if they have them in Canada! Thanks for sharing!

  2. So fun! I wanted to do it this year but something came up the same day as the Questival. So I am hoping for next year! I think i’ll do it with my kids too. What a great idea!

    • The kids would love it! Since there are so many challenges you can do, it’s easy to pick out the most kid- or family-friendly ones. It’s actually pretty easy to do with younger kids!

  3. Oh, this sounds like so much fun! I’m going to see if my city offers one! If not, I’ll have to travel to another city (no complaints there!)

    • Yes, a great excuse to travel! We’ve done two in Denver now, and are considering traveling to another city for the next one. It’s a great way to explore a new city and find fun things that are off the beaten path.

    • If there isn’t one right in your area, there should be one not too far from you – they hold them all over the country, plus a few in Canada. I think they would love it!

  4. Holy cow, this sounds like fun! I’ve never heard of it, but I’m super sad that I missed it (I live in Denver!). Thanks for sharing, I will definitely be staying tuned for future dates in Denver.

  5. That sound like so much fun and we love doing things as a family we are going to have to look into that some more and maybe go!

  6. How fun!! I’ve heard about Questival, but I never really knew what it was all about. I’m totally going to do this with my girls if it comes to Utah! Maybe it already is… 😉

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