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Crags, Cliffs and Chasms: Colorado in All of its Grandeur

Arrive/Depart: Colorado Springs, CO - Book Now Book Now 888-288-5844


Craggy faces of Maroon Bells

Photo by Mellow

$4,750 (Single supplement $1,500)
11 Days/10 Nights
6/29-7/9
8/17-8/27

  • Peak to Peak Highway
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Aspen
  • Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
  • West Elk Loop Scenic Byway
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Ouray
  • Dallas Divide
  • Mt. Sneffels
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

 

This tour emphasizes regions within the Colorado Rockies, such as the area surrounding Crested Butte and the Yankee Boy Basin in the San Juan Mountains, which annually produce particularly lavish displays of wildflowers. The itinerary begins with a leisurely drive up the Peak to Peak Highway to Estes Park, gateway to one of Colorado’s crown jewels, Rocky Mountain National Park. A stopover at Brainard Lake, a major access point to the Indian Peaks Wilderness, is provided en route. After traversing the park via the Trail Ridge Road, our tour route turns westward, with Aspen and the fabled Maroon Bells looming as the next destination. As you stand on the shores of Maroon Lake and gaze upon the towering Maroon Bells, it will quickly become evident why this vista is, arguably, THE iconic image for all of Colorado. Reluctantly leaving this majestic setting, you will push southward via Kebler Pass, Crested Butte and Owl Creek Pass to Ridgway and the Sneffels Range, which serve as a superb introduction to the awe-inspiring San Juan Mountains.

One of the great mountain ranges in all of America, the soaring San Juans are high, wild and rugged. Your tour of this spectacular area will be highlighted by a circuit of the 236-mile long San Juan Skyway, a ride on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad, and more extensive forays into the jaw-dropping Sneffels Range via backroads emanating from the Dallas Divide area. Side trips to Mesa Verde National Park and, if arrangements can be made, Yankee Boy Basin will also be provided. On the return route to Colorado Springs, you will skirt the southernmost portions of the San Juan range via Pagosa Springs, Wolf Creek Pass, Monte Vista and Alamosa, where, on the following morning, you will take the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad to La Veta. If time permits, a trip to the Garden of the Gods will provide the finishing touch for this breathtaking tour.