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New! High Adventure in the Rockies

Trip Length 6 days

From $3,495

  • Float serenely down the upper Colorado River, through spectacular canyons and scenic stretches of Class II and III rapids
  • Catch a glimpse of Colorado's photogenic wildlife, including elk, big horn sheep, moose, and bald eagles
  • Sleep at the historic Stanley Hotel—one of the most haunted hotels in America and inspiration for The Shining

From its awe-inspiring vistas to its action-filled adventures, Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park is an unforgettable destination! This trip lets you experience two different sides to the Rockies: On the western side, you’ll discover hidden gems that few visitors get to see. And on the eastern side, you’ll find the classic views and hikes that made this region famous. The landscape is a nonstop photo op, with alpine tundra, expansive meadows, deep forests, jagged peaks, and permanent snowfields. You'll spot plenty of wildlife along the way, possibly including moose, bighorn sheep, eagles, and elk. Let our knowledgeable guides take care of everything so you can relax, have fun, and enjoy a vacation to remember.

Day 1: Arrive in the heart of the Rockies

Our Colorado adventure begins in Denver, where the group will meet in the morning for introductions and a brief orientation before heading west into the Rocky Mountains. After traveling though historic mining towns and over the Continental Divide, we'll reach the lovely town of Grand Lake. There, we'll stop at the Kawanuchee Visitor Center before entering Rocky Mountain National Park for a pleasant warm-up walk along the Upper Colorado River.

After a picnic lunch, we'll spend the afternoon hiking to Big Meadow and taking in gorgeous views of Nakai Peak, Snowdrift Peak, and Mt Patterson. Guest appearances by deer, elk, or moose are practically guaranteed. Later, we'll check into our lodge for the next three nights and enjoy a tasty dinner overlooking Colorado’s largest natural lake, after which you can take a stroll through town and explore the local shops.

(Hiking distance: 4½ miles; Driving time: 2½ hours)

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Grand Lake Lodge

Day 2: Hike to Lone Pine Lake

After breakfast, we'll depart for a scenic hike along the East Inlet to Lone Pine Lake. Described by one of the Wilderness Rangers as ‘the most beautiful valley in the park’, the East Inlet is a combination of wide-open valleys, wooded areas, and giant granite shelves. We'll stop along the way at Lone Pine Lake, where we'll enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by our guides before our return trip. Then, we'll finish our day with a wildlife drive through the Kawanuchee Valley, home to many moose, elk, and coyotes. Be sure to bring a camera!

(Hiking distance: 10½ miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Grand Lake Lodge

Day 3: Raft the Colorado River

This morning, we'll venture west through classic Colorado ranch land and over the Gore Range to the put-in for our rafting adventure on the famous Colorado River. Floating 11½ miles downstream, we'll pass through Little Gore Canyon and Red Canyon, likely spotting magnificent bald eagles looking to score a meal of river trout. If we’re lucky, we might also see river otters, mink, or bighorn sheep along the way. With numerous Class II and III rapids, this section of the Colorado River provides a perfect blend of scenic floating and thrilling whitewater action.

(Rafting distance: 11½ miles; Driving time: 4 hours approx.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Grand Lake Lodge

Day 4: Take a scenic Rocky Mountain drive

Pack your bags, but keep your camera handy: This morning we'll take one of the most beautiful drives in North America as we cross up and over the Continental Divide on Trail Ridge Road. Our first stop is the Alpine Visitor Center, which sits at an elevation of nearly 12,000 feet. From there, we'll walk in the footsteps of Native Americans as we take a four-mile hike along Tombstone Ridge on the Ute Trail. We'll enjoy spectacular views of Long’s Peak, Forest Canyon, and alpine tundra, and we might even see large herds of elk grazing on the nutritious grasses above the timberline.

Afterwards, we'll descend into the eastern side of the park to our lodging for the next two nights, the historic Stanley Hotel. Famous as ‘the most haunted hotel in America,’ The Stanley was the inspiration behind The Shining. When you need a break from the ghosts, the hotel is a short walk from Estes Park for a little shopping, cup of coffee, or ice cream.

(Hiking distance: 4 to 6 miles; Hiking elevation: all above 11,000 feet; Driving time: 2 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Stanley Hotel

Day 5: Hike classic alpine lake trails

Today's hike features five classic alpine lakes. We'll start at Bear Lake, and make our way past the stunning Nymph, Dream, and Haiyaha Lakes. We'll stop for lunch at The Loch, a beautiful subalpine lake situated at 10,190 feet and located within one of the most studied watersheds in the world. Next we'll continue with a more strenuous hike to Sky Pond, Lake of Glass, and Timberline Falls. At the end of the day, we'll gather for a well-earned final dinner at the elegant Cascades Restaurant inside the Stanley Hotel.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Stanley Hotel

Day 6: Sunrise hike before returning to Denver

On our final morning, we’ll meet for an optional sunrise stroll at Sprague Lake, where we'll watch the sun illuminate the peaks and cirques of Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy the reflection in the waters of the lake as you snack on baked goods and sip hot coffee, tea, or chocolate. Later, the group will gather for a full hot breakfast at Cascades before checking out of The Stanley Hotel.

After breakfast, we'll drive south to the Wild Basin trailhead for a hike to three very different waterfalls: Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascades, and Ouzel Falls. We'll then make our way down the narrow canyon of the South Fork of the Saint Vrain River for a final lunch in Lyons, CO, after which we'll make our final drive and drop you off at either our host hotel or Denver International Airport.

(Hiking distance: 5½-mile sunrise stroll; Driving time: 2 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Jun 24 - 29, 2018

Aug 05 - 10, 2018

Sep 09 - 14, 2018

pricing

2017 Prices
$3,495 (4-12 members)
$880 Single Supplement

2018 Prices
$3,495 (4-12 members)
$900 Single Supplement

Mimimum Age: 10 years old

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Grand Lake Lodge — Grand Lake

The Grand Lake Lodge offers travelers a classic mountain experience, with accommodations in rustic cabins sprinkled around the property. Built in 1920, the main Lodge is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, and features a handsomely rustic dining room. The popular front porch of the lodge is lined with porch swings from which guests can take in the spectacular views of the Rockies laid out before them. The property is located at the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park at an elevation of 8,369 feet, offering you easy access for your mountain adventures.

The Stanley Hotel — Estes Park, Colorado

Originally opened in 1909, the historic Stanley Hotel is an experience to remember. Let's start with its reputation as one of America's most haunted hotels—and the fact that it was the inspiration for the Stephen King novel The Shining. But that's not all The Stanley is known for. The impressive Georgian Colonial Revival building stands out from its mountainous backdrop, and the interior has an old-world charm, grand public spaces, and comfortable rooms with period-style furniture. The setting is pretty magnificent, too, with views of the Rockies in every direction.

  • Float serenely down the upper Colorado River, through spectacular canyons and scenic stretches of Class II and III rapids
  • Catch a glimpse of Colorado's photogenic wildlife, including elk, big horn sheep, moose, and bald eagles
  • Sleep at the historic Stanley Hotel—one of the most haunted hotels in America and inspiration for The Shining

From its awe-inspiring vistas to its action-filled adventures, Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park is an unforgettable destination! This trip lets you experience two different sides to the Rockies: On the western side, you’ll discover hidden gems that few visitors get to see. And on the eastern side, you’ll find the classic views and hikes that made this region famous. The landscape is a nonstop photo op, with alpine tundra, expansive meadows, deep forests, jagged peaks, and permanent snowfields. You'll spot plenty of wildlife along the way, possibly including moose, bighorn sheep, eagles, and elk. Let our knowledgeable guides take care of everything so you can relax, have fun, and enjoy a vacation to remember.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in the heart of the Rockies

Our Colorado adventure begins in Denver, where the group will meet in the morning for introductions and a brief orientation before heading west into the Rocky Mountains. After traveling though historic mining towns and over the Continental Divide, we'll reach the lovely town of Grand Lake. There, we'll stop at the Kawanuchee Visitor Center before entering Rocky Mountain National Park for a pleasant warm-up walk along the Upper Colorado River.

After a picnic lunch, we'll spend the afternoon hiking to Big Meadow and taking in gorgeous views of Nakai Peak, Snowdrift Peak, and Mt Patterson. Guest appearances by deer, elk, or moose are practically guaranteed. Later, we'll check into our lodge for the next three nights and enjoy a tasty dinner overlooking Colorado’s largest natural lake, after which you can take a stroll through town and explore the local shops.

(Hiking distance: 4½ miles; Driving time: 2½ hours)

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Grand Lake Lodge

Day 2: Hike to Lone Pine Lake

After breakfast, we'll depart for a scenic hike along the East Inlet to Lone Pine Lake. Described by one of the Wilderness Rangers as ‘the most beautiful valley in the park’, the East Inlet is a combination of wide-open valleys, wooded areas, and giant granite shelves. We'll stop along the way at Lone Pine Lake, where we'll enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by our guides before our return trip. Then, we'll finish our day with a wildlife drive through the Kawanuchee Valley, home to many moose, elk, and coyotes. Be sure to bring a camera!

(Hiking distance: 10½ miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Grand Lake Lodge

Day 3: Raft the Colorado River

This morning, we'll venture west through classic Colorado ranch land and over the Gore Range to the put-in for our rafting adventure on the famous Colorado River. Floating 11½ miles downstream, we'll pass through Little Gore Canyon and Red Canyon, likely spotting magnificent bald eagles looking to score a meal of river trout. If we’re lucky, we might also see river otters, mink, or bighorn sheep along the way. With numerous Class II and III rapids, this section of the Colorado River provides a perfect blend of scenic floating and thrilling whitewater action.

(Rafting distance: 11½ miles; Driving time: 4 hours approx.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Grand Lake Lodge

Day 4: Take a scenic Rocky Mountain drive

Pack your bags, but keep your camera handy: This morning we'll take one of the most beautiful drives in North America as we cross up and over the Continental Divide on Trail Ridge Road. Our first stop is the Alpine Visitor Center, which sits at an elevation of nearly 12,000 feet. From there, we'll walk in the footsteps of Native Americans as we take a four-mile hike along Tombstone Ridge on the Ute Trail. We'll enjoy spectacular views of Long’s Peak, Forest Canyon, and alpine tundra, and we might even see large herds of elk grazing on the nutritious grasses above the timberline.

Afterwards, we'll descend into the eastern side of the park to our lodging for the next two nights, the historic Stanley Hotel. Famous as ‘the most haunted hotel in America,’ The Stanley was the inspiration behind The Shining. When you need a break from the ghosts, the hotel is a short walk from Estes Park for a little shopping, cup of coffee, or ice cream.

(Hiking distance: 4 to 6 miles; Hiking elevation: all above 11,000 feet; Driving time: 2 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Stanley Hotel

Day 5: Hike classic alpine lake trails

Today's hike features five classic alpine lakes. We'll start at Bear Lake, and make our way past the stunning Nymph, Dream, and Haiyaha Lakes. We'll stop for lunch at The Loch, a beautiful subalpine lake situated at 10,190 feet and located within one of the most studied watersheds in the world. Next we'll continue with a more strenuous hike to Sky Pond, Lake of Glass, and Timberline Falls. At the end of the day, we'll gather for a well-earned final dinner at the elegant Cascades Restaurant inside the Stanley Hotel.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Stanley Hotel

Day 6: Sunrise hike before returning to Denver

On our final morning, we’ll meet for an optional sunrise stroll at Sprague Lake, where we'll watch the sun illuminate the peaks and cirques of Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy the reflection in the waters of the lake as you snack on baked goods and sip hot coffee, tea, or chocolate. Later, the group will gather for a full hot breakfast at Cascades before checking out of The Stanley Hotel.

After breakfast, we'll drive south to the Wild Basin trailhead for a hike to three very different waterfalls: Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascades, and Ouzel Falls. We'll then make our way down the narrow canyon of the South Fork of the Saint Vrain River for a final lunch in Lyons, CO, after which we'll make our final drive and drop you off at either our host hotel or Denver International Airport.

(Hiking distance: 5½-mile sunrise stroll; Driving time: 2 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
lodgings

Grand Lake Lodge — Grand Lake

The Grand Lake Lodge offers travelers a classic mountain experience, with accommodations in rustic cabins sprinkled around the property. Built in 1920, the main Lodge is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, and features a handsomely rustic dining room. The popular front porch of the lodge is lined with porch swings from which guests can take in the spectacular views of the Rockies laid out before them. The property is located at the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park at an elevation of 8,369 feet, offering you easy access for your mountain adventures.

The Stanley Hotel — Estes Park, Colorado

Originally opened in 1909, the historic Stanley Hotel is an experience to remember. Let's start with its reputation as one of America's most haunted hotels—and the fact that it was the inspiration for the Stephen King novel The Shining. But that's not all The Stanley is known for. The impressive Georgian Colonial Revival building stands out from its mountainous backdrop, and the interior has an old-world charm, grand public spaces, and comfortable rooms with period-style furniture. The setting is pretty magnificent, too, with views of the Rockies in every direction.

Dates and Pricing

Jun 24 - 29, 2018

Aug 05 - 10, 2018

Sep 09 - 14, 2018

pricing

2017 Prices
$3,495 (4-12 members)
$880 Single Supplement

2018 Prices
$3,495 (4-12 members)
$900 Single Supplement

Mimimum Age: 10 years old

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 6 days

From $3,495

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