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High Adventure in the Rockies

Trip Length 6 days

From $3,295

  • 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

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 at 8am sharp, where the group will meet at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Denver Airport 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 picnic lunch alongside 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, after which you can take a stroll through town and explore the local shops.

(Hiking distance: 3½ miles; Driving time: 2½ hours)

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Western Riviera Lakeside Lodging

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:Western Riviera Lakeside Lodging

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:Western Riviera Lakeside Lodging

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 Ridgeline Hotel. 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 Ridgeline Hotel at Estes Park

Day 5: Hike classic alpine lake trails

Today's hike features four classic alpine lakes. We'll start at Bear Lake, and make our way past the stunning Nymph, Dream, and Haiyaha Lakes each unique in its own way. 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. Completing our loop hike, we'll pass by the lovely Alberta Falls on our way to the trailhead.  At the end of the day, we'll gather for a well-earned final dinner at the elegant Cascades Restaurant inside the Stanley Hotel.
(Hiking distance: 8miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Ridgeline Hotel at Estes Park

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 hotel.

After breakfast, we'll drive south to the Wild Basin trailhead for a hike to two very different waterfalls: Copeland Falls and Calypso Cascades. 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: 4½-mile; Driving time: 2 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Jun 24 - 29, 2018

Aug 05 - 10, 2018

Sep 09 - 14, 2018

pricing

2018 Prices
$3,295 (4-12 members)
$900 Single Supplement

Mimimum Age: 10 years old

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The Ridgeline Hotel at Estes Park — Estes Park, CO

Nestled in the heart of Estes Park, uniquely positioned minutes from Downtown, you’ll find The Ridgeline. The Ridgeline Hotel offers guests convenient access to the adventures of Rocky Mountain National Park and the leisure of Estes Park.  Complimentary wireless internet, bell service, green attributes, refined furnishings, and so much more make The Ridgeline your comfortable getaway in the heart of Estes Park.

Western Riviera Lakeside Lodging — Grand Lake, CO

All rooms face Grand Lake with amzing views of the lake, surrounded by mountain vistas.

  • 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

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 at 8am sharp, where the group will meet at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Denver Airport 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 picnic lunch alongside 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, after which you can take a stroll through town and explore the local shops.

(Hiking distance: 3½ miles; Driving time: 2½ hours)

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Western Riviera Lakeside Lodging

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:Western Riviera Lakeside Lodging

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:Western Riviera Lakeside Lodging

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 Ridgeline Hotel. 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 Ridgeline Hotel at Estes Park

Day 5: Hike classic alpine lake trails

Today's hike features four classic alpine lakes. We'll start at Bear Lake, and make our way past the stunning Nymph, Dream, and Haiyaha Lakes each unique in its own way. 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. Completing our loop hike, we'll pass by the lovely Alberta Falls on our way to the trailhead.  At the end of the day, we'll gather for a well-earned final dinner at the elegant Cascades Restaurant inside the Stanley Hotel.
(Hiking distance: 8miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Ridgeline Hotel at Estes Park

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 hotel.

After breakfast, we'll drive south to the Wild Basin trailhead for a hike to two very different waterfalls: Copeland Falls and Calypso Cascades. 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: 4½-mile; Driving time: 2 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
lodgings

The Ridgeline Hotel at Estes Park — Estes Park, CO

Nestled in the heart of Estes Park, uniquely positioned minutes from Downtown, you’ll find The Ridgeline. The Ridgeline Hotel offers guests convenient access to the adventures of Rocky Mountain National Park and the leisure of Estes Park.  Complimentary wireless internet, bell service, green attributes, refined furnishings, and so much more make The Ridgeline your comfortable getaway in the heart of Estes Park.

Western Riviera Lakeside Lodging — Grand Lake, CO

All rooms face Grand Lake with amzing views of the lake, surrounded by mountain vistas.

Dates and Pricing

Jun 24 - 29, 2018

Aug 05 - 10, 2018

Sep 09 - 14, 2018

pricing

2018 Prices
$3,295 (4-12 members)
$900 Single Supplement

Mimimum Age: 10 years old

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 6 days

From $3,295

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