Trails of Rocky Mountains
Sightseeing; Rocky Mountains; Arches National Park; Mesa Verde National Park; Colorado River; Million Dollar Highway; National Historic District; Open-Air Trolley; Taos Pueblo; National Historic Monument; Rocky Mountain National Park; Blue River; Colorado National Monument; Canyonlands National Park; Rim Rock Drive; Double Arch; Anasazi Heritage Center; Santa Fe National Forests; Sangre de Cristo Mountains; Pecos National Historical Park; Garden of the Gods; Colorado Springs; Air Force Academy;
Enjoy 11 Days Trails of Rocky Mountains Escorted tour featuring sightseeing and many activities in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. Santa Fe Travel Guide and Trip PlannerRead Full Description
- Trip Length:
- 11 days
- Best Time to Go:
Jul 06, 2008 to Jul 16, 2008
Aug 10, 2008 to Aug 20, 2008
Aug 31, 2008 to Sep 10, 2008
Aug 03, 2008 to Aug 13, 2008
Sep 28, 2008 to Oct 08, 2008
Sep 14, 2008 to Sep 24, 2008
Jul 20, 2008 to Jul 30, 2008
- Recommended for:
Infants (under 2)
Children (2 - 5)
Children (6 - 8)
Children (9 - 11)
Children (12 - 14)
Children (15 - 17)
Adults (18 - 20)
Adults (25 - 29)
Family Trip, Group Retreat, Trip Around the World
Detailed Trip Description
Enjoy 11 Days Trails of Rocky Mountains Escorted tour featuring sightseeing and many activities in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. Santa Fe Travel Guide and Trip Planner
Day 1 - Denver
Welcome to the “Mile High City!” A complimentary transfer is provided to your hotel. Your Tour Director is available this afternoon to answer questions.
Food and Dining
Meet your fellow travelers tonight at 6 p.m. for a Welcome Reception at the hotel.
Stay at Adam’s Mark (SF).
Day 2 - Denver
Denver - Rocky Mountain National Park - Vail.
Drive to the resort of Estes Park and enter Rocky Mountain National Park.
Travel along scenic Trail Ridge Road with its majestic mountain views. Cross the Continental Divide, drive along the Blue River and over Vail Pass to arrive at the famous resort village of Vail.
The rest of the day is at leisure. Wander the quaint pedestrian-only alleys lined with shops, restaurants and cafés at the base of the ski slopes. (When Trail Ridge Road is closed due to weather conditions, travel over Berthoud Pass.) (FB)
Stay at Marriott (F).
Day 3 - Moab
Vail - Colorado National Monument - Canyonlands National Park - Moab.
Travel along the Colorado River, admiring the grand landscape of the Rocky Mountains. Enter Colorado National Monument this afternoon and follow Rim Rock Drive, viewing sheer-walled canyons and towering monoliths. You might even spot desert bighorn sheep and soaring eagles.
Cross the border into Utah and visit Canyonlands National Park. Stop at Island in the Sky, a mesa on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet high. From this towering elevation, you enjoy a breathtaking panorama.
Food and Dining
Continue on to Moab. This evening, relish dinner and the wonderful views over the town. (FB,D)
Stay at Canyonlands Inn (MF).
Day 4 - Moab
Arches National Park Excursion.
This morning, visit Arches National Park, home to more than two thousand unique and fascinating natural sandstone arches, including the famous Double Arch.
Travel along Scenic Drive, making stops to see some of the Park’s most striking features. The afternoon is at leisure to explore further on your own or just relax.
You might want to take an optional Hummer excursion tour through Moab’s magnificent red rock backcountry or an optional jetboat ride on the rushing Colorado River, learning about the geology, wildlife and culture of Moab and the river. (FB)
Day 5 - Moab
Moab - Telluride - Mesa Verde National Park.
Your first stop today is in Telluride, a mountain resort with a Victorian heritage. There is time here to stroll along the main street, browse through the shops and galleries, or simply relax at an outdoor café and enjoy the fresh mountain air.
Then head southwest to the town of Dolores for a visit to the Anasazi Heritage Center. At this interactive museum, you will learn about the people who once inhabited the Four Corners region.
Continue to your lodge set inside Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (FB,D)
Stay at Far View Lodge (MF).
Day 6 - Durango
Mesa Verde National Park - Durango.
Tour Mesa Verde National Park, home to some of the most amazing archaeological sites in the U.S. From 600 AD through 1300 AD, people lived and flourished in communities throughout the area, building elaborate cliff dwellings.
These stone villages were built inside the sheltering alcoves of the canyon walls. Later, head to the frontier town of Durango, one of the last great cowboy towns in the Southwest.
Food and Dining
This evening, perhaps join a fun stagecoach ride into a secluded canyon, followed by a cowboy dinner. (FB)
Stay at Holiday Inn Durango (MF).
Day 7 - Durango
Drive along the Million Dollar Highway to the mining town of Silverton this morning. Optionally, you might want to take the Narrow Gauge Railroad instead.
Explore the historic buildings and quaint art shops of this National Historic District.
Perhaps go underground and experience the world of the gold miner on an optional tour of the Old Hundred Gold Mine.
Returning to Durango, the balance of the day is at leisure. (FB)
Day 8 - Santa Fe
Durango - Santa Fe.
Journey through the Rio Grande and Santa Fe National Forests into New Mexico, then on to the capital city of Santa Fe. Set in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe is rich with history, culture and art.
Upon arrival, a ride aboard a narrated open-air trolley shows you the highlights of Santa Fe, including the Loretto Chapel and the main plaza. (FB,D)
Stay at Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza (SF).
Day 9 - Santa Fe
Your day is free to explore Santa Fe at your own pace. Walk down its narrow, winding streets past 400-year-old adobe buildings, visit world-renowned art galleries or relax at a fine restaurant.
You might want to join an optional excursion to Taos for a guided tour of Taos Pueblo, both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Monument, and a float trip down the Rio Grande River with dinner served by Pueblo Indian families. (FB)
Day 10 - Colorado Springs
Santa Fe - Pecos National Historic Park - Colorado Springs.
Head east to Pecos National Historical Park, home to an ancient pueblo, two Spanish colonial missions, Santa Fe Trail sites, and the site of the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass.
Then travel to Colorado Springs, at the foot of Pikes Peak. This evening, view the stunning sandstone formations at the Garden of the Gods.
Food and Dining
Then celebrate your western adventure at an authentic chuckwagon dinner, followed by the Flying W Wranglers and their outstanding western stage show. (FB,D)
Stay at Crowne Plaza Colorado Springs (SF).
Day 11 - Denver
Colorado Springs - Depart Denver.
At the U.S. Air Force Academy stop at the Visitor’s Center and see the striking Cadet Chapel. You might see the Air Force Academy’s famous parachute team, “The Wings of Blue,” or catch a glimpse of F-16s training in the sky above.
Continue on to Denver where the tour ends at the airport or the Denver hotel for travelers extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 4 p.m. (FB)
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