The Colorado Rockies - Double

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Join us for a scenic tour of Colorado and Utah. You’ll traverse the Rocky Mountains and explore four national parks along the way. The tour begins in the Mile High city of Denver where a welcome dinner awaits you. Day two depart Denver and travel to the Rocky Mountain National Park, which is one of the largest national parks in the United States. Travel past Vail, Breckenridge and other famous ski areas in Colorado en route to Grand Junction, your home for the next three nights. Day three travel to Utah to Arches National Park to see the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches as well as a variety of geological formations. Next, arrive at Canyonlands National Park and travel to the Island in the Sky mesa which rests on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. Day four visit the Colorado National Monument. Travel along the Rim Rock to see a colorful panorama of deep, sheer-sided canyons and high rock towers. Later, journey to Colorado’s wine country to learn about the region’s vineyards and sample the fruits of its labor. At a family-owned vineyard, a family member will take you on a private tour to see the process up-close. Then, sit down to a winemaker’s dinner and hear stories of the vineyard, the wine they produce and the life of a winemaker. Day five depart Grand Junction for a two night stay in Durango. Drive south to the small mining town of Silverton, a National Historic Landmark. Then it’s “all aboard” the famous Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This 1881 coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive was built to haul silver and gold ore from the San Juan Mountains. Fortunately passengers realized it was the view that was truly precious. This evening, enjoy an Old West adventure with cowboy food and entertainment. Day six an incredible day awaits you at the Mesa Verde National Park which preserves the culture of the Anasazi Indians. Visit the Spruce Tree Cliff Dwelling to see one of the largest and best preserved cliff dwellings built between 1211 AD and 1278 AD. Day seven depart Durango and travel to Colorado Springs for the last two nights of the tour. En route, marvel at the scenery as you depart the San Juan National Forest, cross Wolf Creek Pass over the Continental Divide, and pass through the Rio Grande National Forest. Day eight travel to Manitou Springs and the home of Pike’s Peak, the legendary symbol of the 1859 Gold Rush. Upon arrival, embark on Pike’s Peak Cog Railway, the world’s highest cog railroad, for an 8.9 mile journey to the top of Pike’s Peak (approximately 14,110 ft). Later, travel to the Garden of the Gods, on the National Register for Historic Places, to see the towering sandstone formations and enjoy a wonderful view of Pikes Peak. Tonight enjoy your farewell dinner and celebrate a wonderful trip.  Day nine head for home with many wonderful memories. 

Class Details

9 Sessions
Weekly - Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu

Yosemite Hall Parking Lot, West Campus

Community Education Host 



Please read:  Cancellation waiver insurance, airfare, hotel accommodations, round trip airport transfers from Modesto, hotel transfers, and 12 meals included. $490 deposit per person due upon registration. Save $100 and book by December 16



Registration Closes On
Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
6/23/2017 - 7/1/2017 Weekly -Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 6:00 AM - 11:59 PM Modesto, Yosemite Hall Parking Lot, West Campus  Map, Room: Parking Lot 211 Community Education Host