10 days departing DENVER from

Style: Active
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: GCM

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Trip Overview

Colorado is known for its winter activities but summer serves up an eclectic blend of incredible adventure activities, hiking trails and some of the most beautiful scenery you're likely to find in North America. Board the Great Sand Dunes National Park, visit the exciting town of Aspen, ride your bike through Telluride and explore mighty Rocky Mountain National Park. This is Colorado at its very best! To top off this tour of a lifetime an exhilarating white-water rafting trip and exploration of stunning Maroon Bells in Aspen makes sure you experience the very best of Colorado!

Included Highlights
  • Sandboarding at Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Half day biking trip in beautiful Telluride
  • Incredible hiking trails and natural vistas
  • White-water rafting in Aspen
  • Hike the Maroon Bells in Aspen
  • Visit the 'Garden of the Gods' viewpoint
  • Drive the Trail Ridge Road
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mesa Verde National Park
  • National parks and monuments: Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 9 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see 'Dates & Prices' tab)
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: Meals paid locally
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 16+
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle. Maximum of five users at one time.

Grand American Adventures vehicles

You'll travel in air-conditioned private vehicles, which offer great flexibility and guarantee to get you further off the beaten path. Our upgraded fleet of vehicles in the USA ensure an enjoyable travelling experience and are fully equipped with:

Extra-large windows for better viewing
Wider seats with additional leg room
6'3'' interior height for added comfort
Full-height electric bi-fold entry door for easy entry / exit
Overhead luggage racks, reading lamps and a TV screen
Wi-Fi in the USA (excluding Alaska)

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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Download the Colorado Multi Active trip dossier for tour-specific details including full itinerary, pre-departure information, packing tips and more about our style of travel.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Telluride Brewing Company US$FREE
  • Telluride Mountain Gondola US$FREE
  • Hot Springs - Durango US$18

Day 1: Arrival day in Denver

Set against the brilliant backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, take some time to explore the exciting city of Denver before your welcome meeting at 18.00 hrs. If you're a sports fan head to Mile High City - home to no less than seven professional sports teams offering a year-round sporting calendar. Alternatively, have the real Denver experience and get a taste of some unusual American cuisine, with a Rocky Mountain Oyster. You'll have to Google that one!
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 2: Garden of the Gods and Great Sand Dunes National Park

Leaving Denver, you stop to admire the dramatic views of the 'Garden of the Gods'; picture brilliant blue skies, snow-capped mountains and fiery red sandstone structures towering above! Then it's time to head to the tallest dunes in North America for some exhilarating sandboarding down the epic dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park with your tour leader. The centrepiece in a diverse landscape of grassland, aspen forest, alpine lakes, and tundra, this place will leave you breathless - in more ways than one!
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 3: Durango

This historic frontier mining town has something to offer both the culture vultures and adrenaline junkies. Discover the boutique restaurants, charming galleries and stroll past exquisitely restored Victorian buildings in Downtown Durango before taking in the city's surrounding scenic beauty.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 4: Mesa Verde National Park and Durango

Travel west to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mesa Verde National Park, located in Montezuma County. See how the Ancestral Puebloans - often referred to as the Anasazi - lived, and be in awe of this archaeological masterpiece as you explore the 600 cliff dwellings. Return to Durango where you spend another night.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 5: Telluride

There's no place quite like Telluride in the summer, it's jam-packed with thrilling activities, including downhill mountain biking! Biking is the main draw in Telluride and the San Juan Mountains provide a variety of terrain perfect for riding. From the town of Telluride, you can find challenging trails that explore old mining roads and basins high above the Box Canyon. We find the perfect trail for your biking ability, and feel the wind in your hair on an included half day trip through stunning mountain terrain.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 6: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Aspen

Next on the cards is the mighty Black Canyon. Formed by the raging Gunnison River, the canyon was named because of the lack of sunlight that reaches the canyon due to narrow gorge reaching depths of over 600 metres. The canyon is big enough to leave you awe-struck and intimate enough to really explore in depth. Steep, narrow cliffs offer some truly special hiking opportunities so make sure your camera is charged for the day! Unfortunately your leader is unable to guide your hike here due to park regulations.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 7: Aspen

This beautiful mountain town is well known for its dining, nightlife and excellent art galleries. This morning you head out to some of the most photographed peaks in Colorado, the Maroon Bells. The Maroon Bells are two peaks in the Elk Mountains, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak, separated by a third of a mile and surrounded by pristine national forest and fields of wildflowers. For the best view of the area head to Maroon Lake and see the spectacular mirror image of the mountain peaks in its waters. From here you'll embark on an adrenaline inducing white-rafting trip down the Arkansas River, from Lower Roaring Fork through the Canyon. You'll encounter class III rapids which are perfect for beginners and intermediate rafters alike.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 8: Rocky Mountain National Park

Travel the mighty Trail Ridge Road through some truly spectacular scenery. Eleven miles of this highway travel above treeline with an elevation near 3,505 meters where the park's evergreen forests come to a halt. As the road meanders through the tundra's vastness to its highest point at 3,700 meters, the Trail Ridge Road offers you thrilling views, wildlife sightings and spectacular alpine wildflower exhibitions, all from the comfort of your vehicle. There will be plenty of opportunity to stretch your legs and appreciate the outstanding landscapes.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 9: Rocky Mountain National Park

The wild lands of Rocky Mountain National Park are up next and with a whole day of hiking ahead of you, you're in for a real treat. With some of the best vistas in North America and around 355 miles of hiking trails, you'll hike along picturesque streams, watch elk grazing in the grassland and climb steep mountain terrain. The snowy peaks and mountain lakes of this superb national park will leave you falling head over heels for this incredible area of the USA.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 10: Boulder and Denver

Your magical journey through the Colorado Rockies must come to an end, but before it does you stop for lunch on historic Pearl Street in Boulder. Finish your trip back in sunny Denver.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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  • A 10% deposit per person is required to confirm your booking.
  • Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
  • We charge no credit card fees or hidden surcharges
  • ABTA & ATOL licensed operator offering financial security for our tours
  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)

Solo Sleepers   Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour. The number of single rooms we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request basis.

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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer tailor-made private departures for any of our published tours enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Tailored itineraries and departure dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions).

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

Quality Inn Denver Airport


Enjoy free wi-fi, complimentary breakfast, an indoor heated pool and free airport transfer to this conveniently located hotel.

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.

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Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our travel destinations.

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We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on +44 208 682 8921 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday.

Travel Insurance

We recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. You MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

See our insurance page for more information.

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