The Colorado Rockies
|Resort:||The Colorado Rockies|
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Experience the majesty of the Colorado Rockies, four National Parks and two historic trains that celebrate the can-do spirit of the Old West. Marvel at the diversity and majesty of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Ascend Pikes Peak on the worlds highest cog railway. Climb aboard an 1881 steam train for a journey through the San Juan Mountains. Discover the ancient culture of the Ancestral Puebloans at Mesa Verde National Park. Relish cowboy culture in an evening of authentic dining and entertainment.
Day 1: Denver, Colorado – Tour Begins
Join us for a scenic tour of Colorado and Utah. Youll traverse the Rocky Mountains and explore four national parks along the way. At every turn you will find the beauty of nature in the form of Alpine lakes, towering peaks and rolling meadows. Your tour opens in the Mile High City of Denver, home to the famous 16th Street Mall. Gather tonight to meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Denver – Rocky Mountain National Park – Grand Junction
Travel to Rocky Mountain National Park to discover the true meaning of panoramic. This celebrated Roof of the Rockies offers views of massive peaks and rugged canyons as you experience one of the largest national parks in the United States. En route to Grand Junction, enjoy a glorious ride past Vail, Breckenridge and other famous ski areas in Colorado.
Day 3: Grand Junction – Arches – Canyonlands – Grand Junction
One amazing park visit follows another. In Arches National Park, see the worlds largest concentration of natural sandstone arches as well as an astounding variety of geological formations. Next, arrive at Canyonlands National Park and travel to the Island in the Sky mesa which rests on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain.
Day 4: Grand Junction – Colorado National Monument – Grand Junction
Visit one of the grand landscapes of the American West Colorado National Monument. Travel along the Rim Rock to see a colorful panorama of deep, sheer-sided canyons and high rock towers. Later, journey to Colorados wine country to learn about one of the region’s up-and-coming vineyards and sample the fruits of its labor. At a lovely family-owned vineyard, meet a family member who will take you on a private tour to see the process up-close. Then sit down to a winemakers dinner to hear stories of the vineyard, the wine they produce and the life of a winemaker.
Day 5: Grand Junction – Silverton – Durango
Drive south to the small mining town of Silverton, 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 was built to haul silver and gold ore from the San Juan Mountainsbut you will soon realize it is the view that is truly precious. This evening, enjoy an Old West adventure* filled with traditional cowboy food and entertainment.
Day 6: Durango – Mesa Verde National Park – Durango
An incredible day awaits at Mesa Verde National Park, best known as the home of the ancient and mysterious Ancestral Puebloan civilization. Visit the fascinating Spruce Tree Cliff Dwelling to see one of the largest and best preserved cliff dwellings built between 1211-1278 by this fascinating Native American culture.
Day 7: Durango – Colorado Springs
Enjoy a relaxing ride to Colorado Springs. En route, marvel at the scenery as you depart the San Juan National Forest, cross Wolf Creek Pass over the Continental Divide, and pass through the beautiful Rio Grande National Forest, a vast expanse of wilderness.
Day 8: Colorado Springs – Manitou Springs – Colorado Springs
Depart for Manitou Springs, home of Pikes Peak the legendary symbol of the 1859 Gold Rush. Embark on a journey aboard the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the world’s highest cog railroad, for an 8.9 mile trip to the top of Pikes Peak (approx. 14,110 ft.). During the journey you will see magnificent views and perhaps animals in their native habitat. Later, travel to the Garden of the Gods, on the National Register for Historic Places, to see the towering sandstone formations and enjoy a wonderful view of Pikes Peak. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner to celebrate a trip filled with scenic delights and railway adventures.
Day 9: Colorado Springs – Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close in Colorado Springs.