Colorado Voyager:
The Wild West in 7 Days

Colorado Voyager:
The Wild West in 7 Days

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Location: Colorado
Tour: Leisure
From: Denver
To: Denver
By: Private Car
Aspen, Wild West Towns, The Rocky Mountains, The Black Canyon, Scenic Roads, Maroon Bells
HOTEL + RENTAL CAR
Tour Duration
7-Day
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Why Colorado?

Colorado is located in the beautiful and picturesque Rocky Mountains region. If you look at the US map, you will find it in the central-west area of the United States next to Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, and New Mexico. For those who love nature and are looking to visit some of the most important National Parks, this state offers one of the most varied landscapes in the world. In a single state, you will find from red rocks to "black" canyons, from rocky mountains to sand dunes, not to mention endangered species and animals such as the American buffalo, reindeer, moose, elk, mountain goat, and the American Black Bear.

Colorado boasts more than 52 peaks that rise to more than 14,000 feet of elevation, aptly named the "Fourteeners" by climbers. So, don't be surprised when you realize that 75% of the entire U.S. territory with an elevation of 10,000+ feet is located right here in Colorado and to protect many of these natural environments, their flora, and fauna, the United States federal government owns more than 1/3 of Colorado's land.

However, to only consider Colorado for its natural beauty, would be a bit limiting. As for most of the Rocky Mountain Region, Colorado was center-stage during the 19th century Western Explorations and the years of the Pioneers of the "Wild Wild West". Still today, you can see "traces" of that era when visiting small towns that were built during the Gold Rush years. A great testimony is The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad built back in 1881 to transport mainly gold and silver from the mines located across the San Juan Mountains. This historical train still active today has been portrayed in several movies including the popular How the West Was Won (1963) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).

This itinerary is planned so you visit the region in 8 days. If you think you can spare couple of extra days, we can tailor your itinerary to include few additional places.

When to plan your Colorado Vacation?

With 4 distinct seasons and more than 300 days of sunshine, Colorado boasts one of the best climates of the United States. Obviously, the choice of the season will greatly influence the type of vacation you will have and your itinerary since some roads are closed from mid-fall to early summer due to heavy snowfall.

Winter
Depending on your needs, it may be the most suitable season or the most discouraged ... Colorado boasts the best of America's ski resorts and slopes, but if you don't want to organize a trip only centered around mountains and ski slopes, we do not necessarily recommend winter because many passes will be closed and you would not be able to follow this itinerary, and above all, you would not be able to drive through some of the most panoramic roads featured in this Itinerary.

Fall & Spring
If you love foliage and changing colors, Fall will be a perfect season for you. The day-time can still have mild temperatures as the temperature drops in the evening. Early spring can still be tricky due to the snow, but the weather improves greatly in late spring and early summer.

Summer

Perhaps the "easiest" season from a road and weather perspective and you shouldn't have any issue driving through all the scenic roads. Just be sure to pack some lotion, in summer, especially in large cities and plains, temperatures can easily exceed 100F!

HIGHLIGHTS

Visit the Mile-High City -- Denver
2 National Parks with The Rocky Mountain & The Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Discover Old Mines and the Wild Wild West with Durango and Ouray
The Incredible Maroon Bells in Aspen

DETAILED ITINERARY

STARTING FROM DENVER

Denver City Center

Day 1: Denver (CO)

Arrival at Denver International Airport, Car rental pick-up, and hotel check-in.
Free afternoon/evening

Night: Denver Ramada Downtown *** or similar



The Garden of the Gods Colorado Springs

Day 2: Denver > Colorado Springs

Today is dedicated to visiting Denver, the capital of Colorado, nick-named the mile-high city. Make sure to visit the steps of the State Capitol to see the original mile-high mark and then spend a few hours downtown.

In the early afternoon, leave Denver and start heading South to Colorado Springs about 70 miles south of Denver (1.15-hour drive) where you can visit the beautiful Garden of the Gods Park where beautiful red rocks will change color as the sun starts setting.

Night: Colorado Springs Area Mgm Elegante Suites*** or similar



Day 3: Colorado Springs > Durango

Today, you will have some driving to do, but the scenery is beautiful, especially if you like long winding roads up and down the mountains. You will need to cover approximately 315 miles by car (5h15) driving amongst mountains, old mine towns, beautiful landscapes and peaks at over 14,000 feet.

Arrival in Durango in the late afternoon - Durango is a very charming village with plenty of stores and delicious restaurants. Make sure to visit the downtown area and the old train station when you arrive.

Night: Durango Holiday inn hotel and suites Durango central*** or similar




Day 4: Durango > Silverton & Ouray > Black Canyon of the Gunnison > Crested Butte

Day dedicated to the discovery of the Wild Wild West between old mines, original 19th-century saloons, and original steam trains ending with the incredible scenery of the Black Canyon National Park.

Night: Crested Butte Elevation Hotel & Spa *** or similar



The Maroon Bells in Aspen

Day 5: Crested Butte > Aspen

When you are ready to leave Crested Butte, make sure you check out the street Co-12 to reach Aspen. Now, this special road is a 110-mile long road with several unpaved sections. You will need at least 4 hours to reach Aspen if you decide to take CO-12 but it's definitely recommended for all of those that love beautiful natural landscapes and sceneries. The unpaved section of CO-12 is approximately 32 miles long. If you don't feel like driving off-road or if the street is closed to traffic (which happens especially during winter) then you can take the CO-133 (4 h 15 min (197.1 mi) via CO-133 N)

Arrival in Aspen for early afternoon. Afternoon dedicated to visiting Aspen and the Maroon Bells.

Night: Aspen Inn at Aspen by Wyndham vacation rentals*** or similar



Day 6: Aspen > Twin Lakes > Rocky Mountain National Park

Today, you will continue heading North, driving the magnificent CO-82 from Aspen to Twin Lakes where you can admire the incredible mountains' scenery of Colorado as well as encounter the "Continental Divide" -- about 1 hour by car from Aspen. After the first hour of panoramic drive, you will keep heading North to reach the park for a total drive of approximately 170 miles
From Aspen to Grand Lake, it's 180 miles/3h40-4h20 by car via CO-82 --- when #82 is closed you can take the interstate to reach Grand Lake always 3/4 hours by car.

You will spend your afternoon driving through the incredible National Park from the Grand Lake entrance to Estes Park entrance. You will drive up and down some spectacular roads that will take you well above 12,000 feet where you can encounter the Alpine tundra. During your visit, it's quite common to spot local wildlife including Elks, Deers, and Buffalos.

Night: Estes Park Coyote Mountain Lodge** or similar




Day 7: Estes Park > Boulder > Denver International

From Estes Park, you will start heading South towards Boulder (1 hour away). You can spend your morning in this classic University Town with a very charming downtown area.

Return to Denver International Airport to drop off the rental car and check-in for your flight.

End of Services.

HOW MUCH & WHAT'S INCLUDED

OPTION WITH RENTAL CAR + HOTELS & ACTIVITIES:
Price in Double Room
Starting at $ 820.00 per person
Price in Triple Room
Starting at $ 555.00 per person
Price in Quadruple Room
Starting at $ 425.00 per person

OPTION WITH RENTAL CAR & DRIVER/GUIDE + HOTEL & ACTIVITIES 
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HOTEL ROOM: Single Rooms also available. Ask for the price!

Map: Itinerary - The Colorado Voyager On The Road

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Medical Insurance

International Travelers? We certainly recommend adding a Medical Insurance while traveling in the US as medical bills are quite expenses. When picking a company, check that there is a 24/7 costumer service and compare the prices of the various policies and the limitations.

International Flights

International flights are not included in the price of this package, but we can provide all the information and advice on the best and most convenient flights. We are here to help you in the search for international flights or if you need further help.



Tips from our guide Irene : Sleep in Silverton


 
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