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Rocky Mountain Wildlife and Wilderness Flowers (Spring)

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Colorado Wildflowers

$5,850 (Single supplement $1,950)
14 Days/13 Nights - 6/1-6/14

  • Peak to Peak Highway
  • Cache la Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway
  • Aspen Alley
  • Saratoga, WY
  • Snowy Range Scenic Byway
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Aspen
  • Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
  • Crested Butte via Kebler Pass
  • West Elk Loop Scenic Byway
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Owl Creek Pass Road
  • Dallas Divide
  • Mount Sneffels Wilderness
  • San Juan Skyway All-American Byway
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad
  • Cottonwood Pass Scenic Drive
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • 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. Over the course of the next two days, the tour route loops westward from Fort Collins to Walden via the Cache la Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway, north to Encampment, Wyoming and Aspen Alley, then east via the Snowy Range Scenic Byway to Laramie and, finally, south back to Estes Park. After traversing the Trail Ridge Road, your party will head 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 push southward via Kebler Pass and Crested Butte to Gunnison, where side trips are provided to both the north and south rims of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. From Cimarron, the Owl Creek Pass road leads you to Ridgway and the Sneffels Range, which serve as a superb introduction to the awe-inspiring San Juan Mountains.

Mountain Lion

Photo by Joshua Haviv

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, forays into the jaw-dropping Sneffels Range via backroads emanating from the Dallas Divide area and, if available, a jeep tour of the Yankee Boy Basin. A side trip to Mesa Verde National Park is also provided. From Almont, the itinerary follows the Cottonwood Pass Scenic Drive to Buena Vista and, then, on to Great Sand Dunes National Park. The last featured attraction of this tour is a ride on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad from Alamosa to La Veta. If time permits, a brief excursion to the Garden of the Gods will be provided upon return to Colorado Springs, our host city.