Adventures in the Rockies

    Denver, Colorado

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    On this action-filled adventure, experience two different sides to the Rockies — on the western side, discover hidden gems that few visitors get to see, and on the eastern side find the awe-inspiring 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. Spot plenty of wildlife, with luck including moose, bighorn sheep, eagles, and elk. Our knowledgeable guides take care of everything, while you relax, have fun, and enjoy a vacation to remember.


    Arrive in the Heart of the Rockies

    Kick off the adventure in Denver with a brief orientation before heading west into the Rockies. Travel though historic mining towns, over the Continental Divide, and to the lovely town of Grand Lake. Stop at the Kawanuchee Visitor Center before entering Rocky Mountain National Park for a pleasant picnic lunch alongside the Upper Colorado River. After lunch, spend the afternoon hiking to Big Meadow, taking in gorgeous views and spotting deer, elk, or moose. Check into the lodge, enjoy a tasty dinner, and take a stroll through town.

    Hike to Lone Pine Lake

    After breakfast, 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. Stop along the way at Lone Pine Lake for a picnic lunch before the return trip. Finish the day with a wildlife drive through the Kawuneeches Valley, home to many moose, elk, and coyotes. Be sure to bring a camera!

    Raft the Colorado River

    This morning, venture west through classic Colorado ranch land and over the Gore Range to the put-in for the rafting adventure on the famous Colorado River. Floating 11.5 miles downstream, pass through Little Gore Canyon and Red Canyon, likely spotting magnificent bald eagles looking to score a meal of river trout. With a little luck, 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.

    Take a Scenic Rocky Mountain Drive

    This morning, take one of the most beautiful drives in North America while crossing up and over the Continental Divide. Our first stop is the Alpine Visitor Center, at an elevation of nearly 12,000'. From there, walk in the footsteps of Native Americans on a 4-mile hike along Tombstone Ridge on the Ute Trail. Enjoy spectacular views of Long's Peak, Forest Canyon, and alpine tundra. Afterwards, descend into the eastern side of the park to The Ridgeline Hotel, a short walk from Estes Park.

    Hike Classic Alpine Lake Trails

    Today's hike features four classic alpine lakes. Start at Bear Lake Trailhead, and hike past the stunning Nymph, Dream, and Haiyaha lakes. Stop for lunch at The Loch, a beautiful subalpine lake situated at 10,190' 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, gather for a well-earned farewell dinner at the elegant Cascades Restaurant at the historic Stanley Hotel.

    Enjoy a Sunrise Hike before Returning to Denver

    Meet for an optional sunrise stroll at Sprague Lake, to watch the sun illuminate the peaks and cirques of Rocky Mountain National Park while enjoying snacks and hot drinks. Gather for a full breakfast before checking out of the hotel. Drive south to the Wild Basin trailhead for a hike to Copeland Falls, and Calypso Cascades, and head down a narrow canyon for lunch in Lyons. Make the final drive for a drop-off at the host hotel or at Denver International Airport.


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    Duration: 6 Days
    Starts in: Denver, Colorado
    Ends in: Denver, Colorado
    Group Size: 4-12

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