SWIRCA & More presents…
The Colorado Rockies
featuring National Parks and Historic Trains
June 8 – 16, 2018
For more information contact
Tracy Wilson or Ken Meyer
9 Days ● 12 Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
Book by Dec 08, 2017 & Save $170 Per Person:
For bookings made after Dec 08, 2017 call for rates.
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Evansville Regional Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $240 per person
Alternate gateways are available upon request.
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- Experience an Old West adventure complete with cowboy food.
- Spend two nights in Durango, a fun-filled cowboy town where you can relive the excitement of the Old West.
- Journey on the world's highest cog railroad up Pikes Peak, a stunning backdrop for Colorado Springs.
- See one of the largest cliff dwellings built by ancestors of the Pueblos.
- Explore the massive and rugged Rocky Mountain National Park.
- At Arches National Park, see the world's largest concentration of natural sandstone arches.
- Travel to the majestic Island in the Sky mesa at Canyonlands National Park.
Highlights: Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Garden of the Gods
Day 1: Friday, June 8, 2018 Denver, Colorado - Tour Begins Adventure awaits as we explore the towering peaks and rolling meadows of Colorado and Utah. This tour (which features four national parks) opens in the “Mile High City” of Denver where you will gather for a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers. (D)
Day 2: Saturday, June 9, 2018 Denver - Rocky Mountain National Park - Denver Travel the “Roof of the Rockies.” Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the largest national parks in the United States, offers up views where majestic mountains stand in stark contrast to deep, rugged canyons. Next, don’t get spooked but we will be making a stop in the town of Estes Park, home to the historic Stanley Hotel, inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. You may dine at the hotel on your own or take a stroll through the charming town. Later, return to Denver for a free evening in this dynamic city. (B)
Day 3: Sunday, June 10, 2018 Denver - Colorado National Monument - Grand Junction The spectacular Rocky Mountains are your traveling companion today as we make a scenic drive from Denver to Grand Junction, passing through many of Colorado’s famous ski resorts. Our journey also takes us to one of the grand landscapes of the American West – Colorado National Monument. Continue along the Rim Rock to see a colorful panorama of deep, sheer-sided canyons and high rock towers. Gather for dinner at a favorite local hang out in Grand Junction, a town that attracts outdoorsmen, foodies and all kinds of free spirits. (B, D)
Day 4: Monday, June 11, 2018 Arches National Park - Canyonlands National Park - Grand Junction Today, one amazing park follows another! In Arches National Park, see the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Next up, Canyonlands National Park, a vast landscape of gorges carved by the mighty Colorado River. We top off the day at the Island in the Sky mesa resting on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. (B)
Day 5: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Grand Junction - Silverton - Durango Head south to Silverton, a former silver mining town and now a National Historic Landmark. Hidden high in the San Juan Mountains, this town blends spectacular scenery, Victorian charm and historic architecture. Then it's “all aboard” the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This 1881 coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive made its name hauling silver and gold ore from the San Juan Mountains but you will soon realize it is the view that is its most precious asset. On board, strike up a conversation with “fellow passengers” dressed in 1800’s garb who are quick to share their tales straight from the frontier. This evening, experience an Old West adventure* filled with traditional cowboy food and entertainment. (B, D)
Day 6: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Durango - Mesa Verde National Park - Durango An incredible day awaits in Mesa Verde National Park, home of the ancient Ancestral Puebloan
civilization. It’s your choice! Join a local guide on a drive through the park and make several photo stops before arriving at your destination, the famous Spruce Tree Cliff Dwelling…view this incredible structure; one of the Mesa Verde’s best preserved. Or, if you are feeling more adventurous, join a National Park Ranger on a short hike down the canyon into one of the cliff dwellings; as you walk, soak in views of the valley along with some of the 600 homes carved along the cliffs. (B)
Day 7: Thursday, June 14, 2018 Durango - Colorado Springs Sit back and relax during a scenic ride to Colorado Springs. En route, marvel at the landscape as we make our way from the San Juan National Forest and across the Wolf Creek Pass, a section of the Continental Divide that would take pioneers two to three weeks to cross. Continue on through the Rio Grande National Forest, a vast expanse of wilderness named for the 1,800 miles of Rio Grande River that cuts through the forest. Your day concludes in Colorado Springs, an artistic and cultural hub. (B)
Day 8: Friday, June 15, 2018 Colorado Springs - Manitou Springs - Colorado Springs Depart for Manitou Springs, home of Pikes Peak – the legendary symbol of the 1859 Gold Rush. Take an exhilarating journey aboard the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the world's highest cog railroad ascending nearly nine miles to the top of Pikes Peak. As you climb higher and higher you will see magnificent views and perhaps some wildlife in its native habitat. Later, travel to the Garden of the Gods to take in the view of towering sandstone formations that dot the landscape set in a backdrop of Pikes Peak. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner and celebrate your adventure. (B, D)
Day 9: Saturday, June 16, 2018 Colorado Springs - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close in Colorado Springs. (B)
Itinerary at a glance
Days 1, 2 Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver,Colorado
Days 3, 4 Doubletree Hotel Grand Junction, Grand Junction,Colorado
Days 5, 6 Durango Strater Hotel, Durango,Colorado
Days 7, 8 Hotel Elegante Conference & Event Center, Colorado Springs,Colorado
On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
Experience It! Durango & Silverton Railroad
Join us for a ride on the stunning Durango & Silverton Railroad. Winding through the wilderness, this narrow-gauge railway was originally constructed to haul gold and silver ore from the San Juan Mountains. Due to the incredible views it soon became popular with passengers and tourists alike. The Durango & Silverton has run continuously since 1881. Over that time, it has seen many changes…yet the durable line continues to roll on in much the same fashion as those early days. Today, this line (now a National Historic Landmark) carries guests behind vintage coal-fired, steam locomotives.