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Exploring the Colorado Rocky Mountains

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PRIVATE TOUR - 6 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 5100

Private Tour Highlights

  • Traverse one of the most beautiful roads in the United states while taking in Colorado's unique terrain as you drive over 12,000 feet above sea level, high above the treeline.
  • Learn about the rich mining history of the small towns that surround Rocky Mountain National Park with tours through local mines and a stop at the Mining History Museum.
  • Enjoy a stay in Snowmass Village, home to some of the best ski and snowboard terrain in North America and equally impressive summer adventures.
  • Hike the alpine splendor of Colorado, high above treeline to take in the stunning views and beautiful flora of the area while hiking along Ute Trail.
  • Keep an eye out for some of North America's largest land mammals while traversing the park wilderness with a guide.
  • Explore one of Colorado's most photographed sceneries while walking the crystal-clear lakes of Maroon bells.
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Tour Overview

For those looking to experience the great outdoors and see the wild majesty of the United States, Exploring the Colorado Rocky Mountains is an unforgettable experience filled with pristine scenery and wildlife at every turn.  Stretching 3,000 miles from British Columbia in Canada through to New Mexico in the United States, the Rocky Mountains exemplify the true beauty of North America with its dramatic wildlife.

After arriving in Denver, the trip begins in the small mining town of Idaho Springs with an airport transfer in a comfortable SUV. Here, visitors will receive an introduction into the history of Colorado and those who settled in it in search of new fortune. Moving further into the wilderness of Colorado, the tour continues to a historic little town nestled on the largest natural lake in the state, Grand Lake, where visitors will have their first taste of wildlife viewing.

The tour continues with a drive-up the national designated All American Road, Trail Ridge. Driving up 12,183 feet in elevation, visitors will appreciate the changing scenery and thrilling views while keeping an eye out for elk, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats. This will not be the only wildlife to be seen. The next day, travelers will start early in the morning in search of North America’s largest land mammal, the moose while trekking through the wilderness of Kawanuche Valley.

The tour then ends with a full day exploring one of the most picturesque scenes in Colorado, Maroon Bells. These massive mountains that resemble the shape of a bell loom over the forest and reflect in the stunning blue lakes below. After an evening of well-deserved rest, visitors will stop by the National Mining Museum before their flight home.

 

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Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services, and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Double N/A £$5100 N/A N/A
Single N/A £$9343 N/A N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Welcome to Colorado

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Welcome to the Rocky Mountains! Make sure to drink plenty of water to accommodate the altitude as Denver is 5,430 feet above sea level. Upon arrival to Denver International Airport, you will be met by your guide to be whisked away in a comfortable SUV towards the West, climbing steadily into the Rocky Mountains. Along the way, we will reach the first historic gold rush settlements, Idaho Springs, to walk the Main Street and learn about Colorado’s gold mining history.

As a former mining town, Idaho Springs offers many activities surrounding the town’s history including mining tours and walking the historic district, filled with shops and restaurants. Visitors can also opt to explore the famed nearby hot springs and take part in exhilarating rafting opportunities.

Our journey continues over Berthoud Pass at a staggering 11306-foot elevation where the air is crisp. Be sure to take in the vast views abound in all directions as we cross the Continental Divide then descend into the Valley of the Fraser River, Grand County. Passing by a series of beautiful lakes, we soon reach Grand Lake. This historic little town is nestled on the largest natural lake in the state of Colorado.

In the afternoon we search for elusive wildlife such as bear, elk, moose and osprey along the shores of Shadow Mountain Reservoir alongside your guide who knows all the best places for wildlife viewing in the area.
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Rocky Mountains National Park

Today will be spent in the national park with a drive-up Trail Ridge Road, a national designated All American Road that takes explorers up 12,183 feet in elevation, just above the treeline. Visitors will not only appreciate the changing scenery and thrilling views but will also have fun keeping an eye out for elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goats.

Advance hikers may choose to hike the Ute Trail and explore the alpine splendor above treeline to take in the stunning views and beautiful flora of the area.

Today will be spent in the national park with a drive-up Trail Ridge Road, a national designated All American Road that takes explorers up 12,183 feet in elevation, just above the treeline. Visitors will not only appreciate the changing scenery and thrilling views but will also have fun keeping an eye out for elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goats.

Advance hikers may choose to hike the Ute Trail and explore the alpine splendor above treeline to take in the stunning views and beautiful flora of the area.

Day
3

Kawanuche Valley Moose Search - Snowmass

The early morning finds us in the Kawanuche Valley, hiking towards the Colorado River in search for North America’s largest land mammal, the North American moose. With some male moose or “bulls" reaching up to 1,500 pounds and a rack width of 70 inches or more, the moose is quite the spectacle to witness in person. Along with possible sightings of bald eagles and elk along the Colorado River, moose can be seen frequently in this area.

In the afternoon we leave the Grand Valley for one the most affluent neighborhoods of Colorado, Roaring Fork Valley. Over Vail Pass we soon reach the valley of the famously rich, arriving to our hotel for the evening in the ski resort of Snowmass near Aspen.
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Exploring Maroon Bells and Aspen

Today will be spent enjoying the amazing sight of the Maroon Bells. These red mountains rise from a beautiful valley above clear mountain lakes in the signature bell shapes from which they owe their name. Many postcards grace this perfect mountain view as it is one of the most photographed sites in Colorado and arguably the most beautiful. We can walk around the lakes, hike towards the Maroon Bells, or enjoy the area on a more leisurely walk down hill, grabbing a shuttle on the return. The afternoon is reserved to explore Aspen on your own. ...read less

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National Mining Museum - Flight Home

This morning you will be met by your guide for a scenic transfer to Denver for your flight home. On the way, you will climb over the Continental Divide 12,095 ft above sea level along Colorado’s most stunning road, Independence Pass. Descending to Twin Lakes, we enjoy a glorious mountain scenery before reaching Leadville to spend time exploring the fantastic National Mining Museum to learn about the mining industry and its history in the United States. After walking the museum, you will be brought to the airport for your flight home. ...read less

Denver, CO, USA

Grand Lake, CO, USA

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

Snowmass Village, CO, USA

Aspen, CO, USA

Places You'll See

  • Denver

    Dating as far back as the American Old West, Denver is the capital of the state of Colorado, known for its world-class cultural attractions, craft breweries, delectable dining, and hopping music scene all located just outside of the Rocky Mountains to the west. Denver has earned the title of the “Mile High City” as it is located exactly 5,280 feet above sea level.

  • Grand Lake

    Known as the Gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lakes in Colorado offers year-round activities to enjoy along the charming natural lake. In the summer, visitors will enjoy many opportunities to hike, bike, swim and ride ATVs while the winter is just as exhilarating with snowshoeing, skiing, and the region’s favorite pastime, snowmobiling.

  • Snowmass Village

    Surrounded by Colorado’s most beautiful mountains, Snowmass Village is home to some of the best ski and snowboard terrain in North America and hosts equally impressive summer adventures. From fly fishing to whitewater rafting to rodeos. Visitors will find tranquility with miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails and entertainment with year-round concerts, festivals, and events.

  • Aspen

    Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, the famed ski resort town of Aspen Colorado is well known for its prime outdoor recreation conditions no matter the season. Aspen’s renowned arts and culture, exceptional cuisine, top-notch accommodations, and an endless array of outdoor pursuits continue to attract visitors from around the globe, no matter the time of year.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Grand Lake, CO : Gateway Inn at Grand Lake

Snowmass Village, CO : Stonebridge Inn

Testimonials

Al K.

Traveled January 2017

Already thinking about things to do on the next trip

The trip was wonderful and we had a great time. We are already thinking about things to do and places to visit on the next Chile trip or perhaps other countries, like Peru or Argentina.

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Sally I.

Traveled October 2017

All we could have hoped for

We are having a wonderful time and our guides, especially Luis, have been delightful. Hiking the trail together was fantastic, all we could have hoped for.

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R

Traveled May, 2014

Everything you arranged was perfect to the last detail

Everything you arranged was perfect to the last detail. The hotels were all nice. My favorite was probably Remota, in Puerto Natales, Chile. Their food was excellent, tour guides and drivers are all professionals. I learned a lot.

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