Colorado National Parks & Monuments
June 6, 2021 thru June 13, 2021
Few tours take you past spectacular 14,000-foot peaks, soothing hot springs and fantastic historic towns like this Colorado loop. Join us as we explore five national parks, two national monuments, numerous national forests and historical landmarks, and multiple American Scenic Byways on an 8-day expedition through Colorado. Each park houses some of the Centennial State’s most iconic vistas, mountain peaks and deep canyons. If you like diverse landscapes, then sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. You will love this tour!
8 days, 7 nights
Activity Level 3
13 meals (7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners)
Livery to/from your home included
Tour director, driver and local guide tips included
- Great Sand Dunes National Park
- Garden of the Gods
- Pike’s Peak & Railway
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Vail jeep tour & gondola
- Colorado National Monument
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
- Canyon of the Ancients National Monument
- Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Tucson
- Pick-up/livery service
- 7 nights lodging
- 13 meals
- Admissions & tours as describes
- Baggage handling where available
- Motorcoach refreshments
- Taxes & tips for included items (excluding hotel housekeeping)
- Tour director, driver & local guide tips
Day 1 - Tucson to Albuquerque
Today we traverse New Mexico on our quest to the glorious national parks and monuments of Colorado. We enjoy lunch in Lordsburg and continue up through Hatch to Albuquerque. We stay one night at the Drury Inn which offers an evening reception with food and cocktails on arrival. (L)
Day 2 - Great Sand Dunes National Park
Crossing the border this morning into Colorado we arrive at Great Sand Dunes National Park, where the tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes and tundra. Of course the park is known for huge dunes, like the towering Star Dune, and for the seasonal Medano Creek and beach created at the base of the dunes, where we picnic and enjoy the flowing water. We also take a 30-minute walk on the Montville Nature Trail to see forest, Mosca Creek, and a view of the first ridge of dunes and spend time at the Visitor Center. Tonight, we check in at the Embassy Suites Colorado Springs for a two-night stay. (B,L)
Day 3 - Garden of the Gods & Pike's Peak National Landmarks
This morning we make our way to the Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark, which comprises 1,300 acres of sandstone rock formations. We start in the Visitor Center at their new Geo-Trekker Theater and travel through one billion years in less than 15 minutes, plunging into deep hot magma, seeing dinosaurs, ancient sea monsters and more. We soar high above Garden of the Gods and see some of the most awe-inspiring aerial footage in the world. Then our park guide will join us as we take a one-hour tour through the formations. After lunch we continue to Pike’s Peak for a ride on a scenic cog railway to the top. The railway has installed new track and is set to re-open just before our visit in 2021. The summit of Pike’s Peak is a National Historic Landmark that holds a special place in American history. It was this incredible view that inspired the famous lyrics to “America the Beautiful.” (B)
Day 4 - Rocky Mountain National Park
Today we drive along the Front Range through Boulder, with its famous Flatirons rock formations. We continue through canyons alive with wildlife up to Estes Park, the charming town at the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park and check in for a one-night stay. We enter Rocky Mountain National Park this after lunch and find the best spots for wildlife viewing, photographs, walks, optional short hikes or just relaxing as we wind our way through the scenic Rockies to Silverthorne, which sits near the highest point on the Continental Divide, for a one-night stay at the Hampton Inn Silverthorne. (B,D)
Day 5 - White River National Forest Adventures
Today we take a mellow jeep tour with local guides through the White River National Forest, where we see wildflowers, gorgeous vistas and wildlife. This adventurous day continues with a scenic ride to the top of Vail Mountain on their summer gondola. We then cross into western Colorado and stay for one night at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade near Grand Junction. (B,L)
Day 6 - Colorado National Monument & Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
This morning we encounter Colorado National Monument, where towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. Experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where we may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles. Then we travel to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, which surrounds part of a deep, steep-walled gorge carved through Precambrian rock by the Gunnison River. Take in views of Black Canyon’s dramatic drops and the striated Painted Wall cliff. As we descend to the river wildlife sightings may include mule deer, elk and golden eagles. We have dinner at The Stone House and stay one night at the Holiday Inn Express in Montrose. (B,D)
Day 7 - Canyon of the Ancients National Monument & Mesa Verde National Park
We travel through additional picturesque towns, like Telluride, as we make our way to Canyon of the Ancients National Monument & Mesa Verde National Park, where we explore ancient dwellings and cultures. We spend our final night in Gallup, New Mexico at the Hilton Garden Inn. (B)
Day 8 - Petrified Forest National Park & Home
Today we travel through the Petrified Forest National Park and two national forests, Apache-Sitgreaves & Tonto, as we make our way home with a stop for a farewell lunch at the Torreon Golf Club in Show Low. (B,L)
Pleasurebent Tours reserves the right to make changes to this itinerary when necessary for the proper handling of the tour.
Colorado Springs, CO
Wine Country Inn
Holiday Inn Express
Hilton Garden Inn
$1,980 per person
$2,592 per person
Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Tucson
7 nights lodging
Admissions & tours as describes
Baggage handling where available
Taxes & tips for included items (excluding hotel housekeeping)
Tour director, driver & local guide tips
We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and are happy to go over our booking policies with you. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at 520.325.8839, or visit our Booking Policies page.
We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:
ADULT GROUP CHOICE
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$137 – $187 per pesron depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase at booking, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.
Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email email@example.com. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF
ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING
Level 3: Moderate
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.
Visit our Activity Level Ratings page for full information on the ratings system.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has a day-by-day breakdown of times and events, and hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and providing it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, Livery Drivers and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required.
Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.
For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
With passenger health in mind, we are not currently offering daily seat rotation. You will have an assigned seat and boarding order to allow for social distancing among passengers. At booking let us know if you prefer Front, Middle or Back of motorcoach. Each section comprises 4 to 5 rows. We will try to accommodate all requests. If we are unable to honor all requests, preference will be given based on date of your tour deposit.
At time of booking or as soon as possible please notify us of mobility limitations or food allergies. We will forward these to restaurants and attractions as needed. Please also let us know if you have dietary preferences. We usually can accommodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed. If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please let us know at booking or as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying will be listed on the itinerary sent to you before the tour.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
The average daytime high temperatures in Colorado range from the 60s to the 70s depending on elevation in June and the average night-time temperature is usually in the 40s. Please be sure to bring a sweater and winter jacket, along with good walking shoes, a hat and gloves. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.
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