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Rocky Mountain Quick Escape

Trip Length 4 days

From $1,999

  • Hike the Milner Pass Trail through the alpine tundra to cross the Continental Divide on foot keeping on eye out for elk, moose, and bighorn sheep!
  • Hike the Loch Vale Trail to a series of high mountain lakes with classic Rocky Mountain views and scenery.
  • Drive America's highest and most beautiful highway, Trail Ridge Road, one of the most amazing drives in the country.
  • Enjoy the luxuries of the famous and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, the gateway town to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Spend a weekend exploring the scenic wonder and amazing wildlife of Rocky Mountain National Park from a luxurious, historic hotel.The Stanley Hotel, famous for its architecture and magnificent setting is also known as one of America's most haunted hotels with numerous stories from visitors and staff.

Along the trails, streams, lakes and roads our guides will point out the unique wildlife, vegetation, geology and history of one of America’s most magnificent national parks. Wildlife commonly spotted includes elk, moose, bighorn sheep and a variety of songbirds and raptors, along with smaller mammals like fox, coyotes, marmots and badgers.  

At each adventurous day’s end, we can relax and refresh in our plush rooms, stroll among the scenic hotel grounds, visit the spa, or watch the sun set behind the peaks of the Rocky Mountains before enjoying a fine dinner. When we return to the Mile High City of Denver, we bring with us memories and photos from the heart of Colorado’s High Country.
 

Day 1: PICK UP IN DENVER AND TRANSFER TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Today we start at Denver International Airport where our guides pick us up in a comfortable van for our scenic transfer to Estes Park, Colorado, gateway community to Rocky Mountain National Park. Along the way enjoy the beautiful views of the Front Range with Longs Peak in the background. See why the early trappers and mountain men called the Rockies ‘The Shining Mountains’ as they watched them rise above the Great Plains on their journey west. Soon we enter the foothills and continue up through canyons and valleys to the historic Stanley Hotel, our home base for the next three days. This famous hotel, built in 1909 by the inventor of the Stanley Steamer, has been the place to stay in Estes Park for over one hundred years. Only a few miles from the park and a short walk from town, this is the perfect spot for relaxing after a day of hiking in the mountains. Who knows? You might even spot a ghost!

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Stanley Hotel

Day 2: DRIVE TRAIL RIDGE ROAD, HIKE MILNER PASS TRAIL

We start with a great breakfast then hit the road for one of the most amazing drives in the country. Trail Ridge Road is the highest section of continuous paved highway in the United States with eleven miles of road above tree line and a maximum elevation of 12,183 feet. We will make several stops at scenic overlooks to enjoy views that stretch east across the Great Plains, north into Wyoming, west to the interior of the park and the Never Summer Range, and south along the backbone of the Rockies and Longs Peak, the park’s highest point at 14,259 feet. At the Alpine Visitor Center we will spend some time enjoying the exhibits and learning more about the alpine tundra before beginning our gentle downhill hike through open meadows and crossing the Continental Divide at Milner Pass before reaching Poudre Lake. Along the way, be on the lookout for the plentiful elk, moose and bighorn sheep that populate this area. Only the keen-eyed visitor will spot the ptarmigan, a grouse-like bird with superb camouflage that molts to white in the winter. We will enjoy a gourmet picnic prepared by our guide on top of the Rockies. Walking in the clean, fresh air whets our appetites for the delicious dinner in town at the end of the day

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

Day 3: HIKE TO LOCH VALE, with optional extra hiking

Today we drive into the park for a beautiful hike on Loch Vale Trail to a series of high mountain lakes. We go past Alberta Falls and end up at the Loch, a classic high country lake surrounded by high rugged peaks. This moderate round trip is 6 miles with an optional 3-mile roundtrip from the Loch for motivated hikers to Timberline Falls, Glass Lake and the Sky Pond. We will enjoy a lakeside lunch of fresh, tasty ingredients put together by our creative guides and guaranteed to please. On the way back we take a different route, making a loop past Dream and Nymph Lakes for even more views. Tonight we enjoy a fine dining experience at Cascades in the Stanley Hotel where we compare notes, recap highlights and bask in the warmth of newly made friendships.

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

Day 4: SUNRISE HIKE AROUND SPRAGUE LAKE, BREAKFAST AND TRANSFER TO DENVER

Today we are in for a special treat: watching the sunrise at beautiful Sprague Lake. A short drive into the Park brings us to the trailhead; it is very common to see elk and moose grazing in the meadows along the way. A wide, level trail circles the lake providing ample opportunities to find that special viewing spot to watch the sun come up over the eastern horizon and illuminate the western peaks. After we drink in the awakening of the day we will return to The Stanley Hotel for a sumptuous, leisurely breakfast at Cascades. There will be some time to explore the Butterfly Encounter and the Sculpture Garden or finish reading that book as you sip coffee on the veranda. All too soon it is time to check out and drive back to Denver with a stop in scenic Lyons, Colorado for a great lunch at a local favorite, Oskar Blues and Brew Pub. We will drop everyone at DIA or at our recommended hotel at about three o’clock in the afternoon

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Jun 09 - 12, 2016

Jul 14 - 17, 2016

Aug 18 - 21, 2016

Sep 01 - 04, 2016

Sep 15 - 18, 2016

Jun 08 - 11, 2017

Jul 13 - 16, 2017

Sep 07 - 10, 2017

pricing

2016 Price
$1,999 (4-12 members)
$550 Single Supplement

2017 Price
$2000 (4-12 members)
$550 Single Supplement

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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.

  • Hike the Milner Pass Trail through the alpine tundra to cross the Continental Divide on foot keeping on eye out for elk, moose, and bighorn sheep!
  • Hike the Loch Vale Trail to a series of high mountain lakes with classic Rocky Mountain views and scenery.
  • Drive America's highest and most beautiful highway, Trail Ridge Road, one of the most amazing drives in the country.
  • Enjoy the luxuries of the famous and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, the gateway town to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Spend a weekend exploring the scenic wonder and amazing wildlife of Rocky Mountain National Park from a luxurious, historic hotel.The Stanley Hotel, famous for its architecture and magnificent setting is also known as one of America's most haunted hotels with numerous stories from visitors and staff.

Along the trails, streams, lakes and roads our guides will point out the unique wildlife, vegetation, geology and history of one of America’s most magnificent national parks. Wildlife commonly spotted includes elk, moose, bighorn sheep and a variety of songbirds and raptors, along with smaller mammals like fox, coyotes, marmots and badgers.  

At each adventurous day’s end, we can relax and refresh in our plush rooms, stroll among the scenic hotel grounds, visit the spa, or watch the sun set behind the peaks of the Rocky Mountains before enjoying a fine dinner. When we return to the Mile High City of Denver, we bring with us memories and photos from the heart of Colorado’s High Country.
 

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: PICK UP IN DENVER AND TRANSFER TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Today we start at Denver International Airport where our guides pick us up in a comfortable van for our scenic transfer to Estes Park, Colorado, gateway community to Rocky Mountain National Park. Along the way enjoy the beautiful views of the Front Range with Longs Peak in the background. See why the early trappers and mountain men called the Rockies ‘The Shining Mountains’ as they watched them rise above the Great Plains on their journey west. Soon we enter the foothills and continue up through canyons and valleys to the historic Stanley Hotel, our home base for the next three days. This famous hotel, built in 1909 by the inventor of the Stanley Steamer, has been the place to stay in Estes Park for over one hundred years. Only a few miles from the park and a short walk from town, this is the perfect spot for relaxing after a day of hiking in the mountains. Who knows? You might even spot a ghost!

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Stanley Hotel

Day 2: DRIVE TRAIL RIDGE ROAD, HIKE MILNER PASS TRAIL

We start with a great breakfast then hit the road for one of the most amazing drives in the country. Trail Ridge Road is the highest section of continuous paved highway in the United States with eleven miles of road above tree line and a maximum elevation of 12,183 feet. We will make several stops at scenic overlooks to enjoy views that stretch east across the Great Plains, north into Wyoming, west to the interior of the park and the Never Summer Range, and south along the backbone of the Rockies and Longs Peak, the park’s highest point at 14,259 feet. At the Alpine Visitor Center we will spend some time enjoying the exhibits and learning more about the alpine tundra before beginning our gentle downhill hike through open meadows and crossing the Continental Divide at Milner Pass before reaching Poudre Lake. Along the way, be on the lookout for the plentiful elk, moose and bighorn sheep that populate this area. Only the keen-eyed visitor will spot the ptarmigan, a grouse-like bird with superb camouflage that molts to white in the winter. We will enjoy a gourmet picnic prepared by our guide on top of the Rockies. Walking in the clean, fresh air whets our appetites for the delicious dinner in town at the end of the day

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

Day 3: HIKE TO LOCH VALE, with optional extra hiking

Today we drive into the park for a beautiful hike on Loch Vale Trail to a series of high mountain lakes. We go past Alberta Falls and end up at the Loch, a classic high country lake surrounded by high rugged peaks. This moderate round trip is 6 miles with an optional 3-mile roundtrip from the Loch for motivated hikers to Timberline Falls, Glass Lake and the Sky Pond. We will enjoy a lakeside lunch of fresh, tasty ingredients put together by our creative guides and guaranteed to please. On the way back we take a different route, making a loop past Dream and Nymph Lakes for even more views. Tonight we enjoy a fine dining experience at Cascades in the Stanley Hotel where we compare notes, recap highlights and bask in the warmth of newly made friendships.

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

Day 4: SUNRISE HIKE AROUND SPRAGUE LAKE, BREAKFAST AND TRANSFER TO DENVER

Today we are in for a special treat: watching the sunrise at beautiful Sprague Lake. A short drive into the Park brings us to the trailhead; it is very common to see elk and moose grazing in the meadows along the way. A wide, level trail circles the lake providing ample opportunities to find that special viewing spot to watch the sun come up over the eastern horizon and illuminate the western peaks. After we drink in the awakening of the day we will return to The Stanley Hotel for a sumptuous, leisurely breakfast at Cascades. There will be some time to explore the Butterfly Encounter and the Sculpture Garden or finish reading that book as you sip coffee on the veranda. All too soon it is time to check out and drive back to Denver with a stop in scenic Lyons, Colorado for a great lunch at a local favorite, Oskar Blues and Brew Pub. We will drop everyone at DIA or at our recommended hotel at about three o’clock in the afternoon

  • Breakfast/Lunch
lodgings

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 09 - 12, 2016

Jul 14 - 17, 2016

Aug 18 - 21, 2016

Sep 01 - 04, 2016

Sep 15 - 18, 2016

Jun 08 - 11, 2017

Jul 13 - 16, 2017

Sep 07 - 10, 2017

pricing

2016 Price
$1,999 (4-12 members)
$550 Single Supplement

2017 Price
$2000 (4-12 members)
$550 Single Supplement

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