The Colorado Rockies

This summer bring the Colorado Rockies to life!
Denver, Colorado – Tour Begins

Adventure awaits as we explore the towering peaks and rolling meadows of Colorado and Utah. This tour (which features four national parks) opens in the “Mile High City” of Denver where you will gather for a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers.

  • Dinner
  • High  77°  Low  48°
  • 1″
  • Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
Day2
Denver – Rocky Mountain National Park – Denver

Travel the “Roof of the Rockies.” Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the largest national parks in the United States, offers up views where majestic mountains stand in stark contrast to deep, rugged canyons. Next, don’t get spooked but we will be making a stop in the town of Estes Park, home to the historic Stanley Hotel, inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. You may dine at the hotel on your own or take a stroll through the charming town. Later, return to Denver for a free evening in this dynamic city.

  • Breakfast
  • High  77°  Low  48°
  • 1″
  • Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
Day3
Denver – Colorado National Monument – Grand Junction

The spectacular Rocky Mountains are your traveling companion today as we make a scenic drive from Denver to Grand Junction, passing through many of Colorado’s famous ski resorts. Our journey also takes us to one of the grand landscapes of the American West – Colorado National Monument. Continue along the Rim Rock to see a colorful panorama of deep, sheer-sided canyons and high rock towers. Gather for dinner at a favorite local hang out in Grand Junction, a town that attracts outdoorsmen, foodies and all kinds of free spirits.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • High  67°  Low  39°
  • 1″
  • Doubletree Hotel Grand Junction
Day4
Arches National Park – Canyonlands National Park – Grand Junction

Today, one amazing park follows another! In Arches National Park, see the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Next up, Canyonlands National Park, a vast landscape of gorges carved by the mighty Colorado River. We top off the day at the Island in the Sky mesa resting on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain.

  • Breakfast
  • High  67°  Low  39°
  • 1″
  • Doubletree Hotel Grand Junction
Day5
Grand Junction – Silverton – Durango

Head south to Silverton, a former silver mining town and now a National Historic Landmark. Hidden high in the San Juan Mountains, this town blends spectacular scenery, Victorian charm and historic architecture. Then it’s “all aboard” the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This 1881 coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive made its name hauling silver and gold ore from the San Juan Mountains but you will soon realize it is the view that is its most precious asset. On board, strike up a conversation with “fellow passengers” dressed in 1800s garb who are quick to share their tales straight from the frontier. This evening, experience an Old West adventure* filled with traditional cowboy food and entertainment.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • High  66°  Low  31°
  • 2″
  • Durango Strater Hotel
Day6
Durango – Mesa Verde National Park – Durango

An incredible day awaits in Mesa Verde National Park, home of the ancient Ancestral Puebloan civilization. It’s your choice! Join a local guide on a drive through the park and make several photo stops before arriving at your destination, the famous Spruce Tree Cliff Dwelling…view this incredible structure; one of the Mesa Verde’s best preserved. Or, if you are feeling more adventurous, join a National Park Ranger on a short hike down the canyon into one of the cliff dwellings; as you walk, soak in views of the valley along with some of the 600 homes carved along the cliffs.

  • Breakfast
  • High  66°  Low  31°
  • 2″
  • Durango Strater Hotel
Day7
Durango – Colorado Springs

Sit back and relax during a scenic ride to Colorado Springs. En route, marvel at the landscape as we make our way from the San Juan National Forest and across the Wolf Creek Pass, a section of the Continental Divide that would take pioneers two to three weeks to cross. Continue on through the Rio Grande National Forest, a vast expanse of wilderness named for the 1,800 miles of Rio Grande River that cuts through the forest. Your day concludes in Colorado Springs, an artistic and cultural hub.

  • Breakfast
  • High  63°  Low  34°
  • Embassy Suites Colorado Springs
Day8
Colorado Springs – Manitou Springs – Colorado Springs

Depart for Manitou Springs, home of Pikes Peak – the legendary symbol of the 1859 Gold Rush. Take an exhilarating journey aboard the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the world’s highest cog railroad ascending nearly nine miles to the top of Pikes Peak. As you climb higher and higher you will see magnificent views and perhaps some wildlife in its native habitat. Later, travel to the Garden of the Gods to take in the view of towering sandstone formations that dot the landscape set in a backdrop of Pikes Peak. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner and celebrate your adventure.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • High  63°  Low  34°
  • Embassy Suites Colorado Springs
Day9
Colorado Springs – Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close in Colorado Springs.

  • Breakfast

Shirley & Joe Cicero

970-221-0845

http://www.WhereToGoVacations.com

scicero@dreamvacations.com

dream vacations

 

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