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The Colorado Rockies featuring National Parks and Historic Trains tour
Cultural Culture The Colorado Rockies featuring National Parks and Historic Trains package

The Colorado Rockies featuring National Parks and Historic Trains

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

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  • Spend two nights in Durango, a fun-filled cowboy town where you can relive the excitement of the Old West.
  • Experience America's most spectacular rail journey through the Royal Gorge.
  • See one of the largest cliff dwellings built by ancestors of the Pueblos.
  • Explore the massive and rugged Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • At Arches National Park, see the world's largest concentration of natural sandstone arches.
  • Travel to the majestic Island in the Sky mesa at Canyonlands National Park.

Short Description

Take in the majesty of the Colorado Rockies and celebrate the freedom loving spirit of the Old West.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cultural 50 plus

Destinations

United States

Attractions & Cities Visited

Denver

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Itinerary

Day 1 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.

Day 2 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.

Day 3 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.

Day 4 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.

Day 7 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.

Day 9 Colorado Springs - Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close in Colorado Springs.

Day 5 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.

Day 6 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. This evening, experience an Old West adventure* filled with traditional cowboy food and entertainment.

Day 8 Colorado Springs - Royal Gorge - Colorado Springs

Depart for the Royal Gorge, the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River. Experience America’s most spectacular rail journey aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Follow the river and take in the spectacular views the canyon offers. The rock walls climb to an impressive 1,250 feet up. Keep your eyes peeled for long horned sheep and the tallest suspension bridge in Colorado. Later, travel to the Garden of the Gods to see towering sandstone formations that dot the landscape against the backdrop of Pikes Peak. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner, and celebrate your adventure.

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The land price does not include air travel, airline fees, airport or departure taxes, transfers, visas, customary end-of-trip gratuities for your Tour Manager, driver, local guides, hotel housekeepers, cruise ship waitstaff, and any incidental charges.

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