• Credit Jackie Appleton

Colorado

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Colorado on this itinerary starting and finishing in Denver.

Summary

Colorado

Visitors can explore national and stateparks parks and experience a myriad of outdoor activities. You will be inspired by some of the most exciting and beautiful scenery in all of the United States.

Spring, summer, autumn or winter, Colorado is truly an awe-inspiring experience. Whether it’s white-water rafting down Colorado’s cascading rivers, learning about the rich history of mining, shopping in cosmopolitan Denver, taking a historic train ride through beautiful western scenery, testing your luck at one of Colorado’s many casinos, learning to ride at a Colorado guest ranch or enjoying the diverse cuisine, there is something here for everyone.  And don’t forget that Colorado is home to some of the best winter sports resorts in the USA

Days 1 & 2: Denver
Days 3, 4 & 5: Gateway Canyon
Days 6, 7 & 8: Moab
Days 9 &10: Ridgway
Days 11 & 12: Durango
Days 13 & 14: Manitou Springs
Day 15: Denver

Description

Description

Visitors can explore national and stateparks parks and experience a myriad of outdoor activities. You will be inspired by some of the most exciting and beautiful scenery in all of the United States.

Spring, summer, autumn or winter, Colorado is truly an awe-inspiring experience. Whether it’s white-water rafting down Colorado’s cascading rivers, learning about the rich history of mining, shopping in cosmopolitan Denver, taking a historic train ride through beautiful western scenery, testing your luck at one of Colorado’s many casinos, learning to ride at a Colorado guest ranch or enjoying the diverse cuisine, there is something here for everyone.  And don’t forget that Colorado is home to some of the best winter sports resorts in the USA

Days 1 & 2: Denver
Arrive into Denver where we suggest 2 nights. Visit attractions such as Red Rocks Park and Lookout Mountain (gravesite of Buffalo Bill Cody).
Two nights Denver

Days 3, 4 & 5: Gateway Canyon
Drive through the mountains of Colorado, past the winter play-resorts of Breckenridge, Keystone and Vail. You will pass through the beautiful Glenwood Canyon and continue to follow the Colorado River to Grand Junction. Explore the Colorado National Monument, visit wineries and learn about the Prehistoric Dinosaur history of the region. Spend 3 nights at a luxury new resort where Kayaking, fishing, hiking and horseriding are on offer. Or simply relax by the pool
Three nights Gateway Canyon

Days 6, 7 & 8: Moab
Drive into Utah, again following the Colorado River as it journeys into the more desert terrain. Situated along the Colorado River, you will also find optional activities such as river rafting, horseback riding, fishing, jeep touring and jetboat touring. Explore the scenery of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Here we would suggest staying in a ranch located on the river banks.
Three nights Moab

Days 9 &10: Ridgway
Today we suggest more touring in the southern regions of the Canyonlands Park (Needles District) before returning to Colorado and on to the area of Ridgway. Here you will find an area of hot springs. Explore the communities of Ouray and Telluride. Spend 2 nights in the area.
Two nights Ridgway

Days 11 & 12: Durango
Drive to the Mesa Verde National Park. Tour the historic cliff dwellings of the Anasazi Indians. Drive on to Durango for a two-night in this former mining community. Enjoy a trip on the Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway.
Two nights Durango

Days 13 & 14: Manitou Springs
Drive past the Great Sand Dunes National Park near to Alamosa. Then continue through the San Luis Valley north, following the Arkansas River to the Royal Gorge and on into the city of Colorado Springs. Attractions here include Rail to the top of Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, US Olympic Training Centre, Cave of the Winds and Seven Falls. You may wish to take a drive around Pikes Peak to the gaming town of Cripple Creek.
Two nights Manitou Springs

Day 15: Denver
Drive to Denver for your homeward flight.

Grand Junction Colorado Colorado - Mesa Verde Colorado - Moab

Little Gems

Little Gems

Something for everyone in this mountain state and a year round destination.  For rail enthusiasts, don’t miss a ride on the Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway.  Don’t forget that Colorado is home to some of the best ski resorts in the USA
 

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