Arrive in Denver at any time, and transfer to your hotel. Once you arrive into your hotel, the rest of the day is free to explore. In the evening we have time for an optional local dinner, to get to know our fellow families better.
Start the day with a short orientation tour of Denver, getting to know the capital of Colorado. Transfer to Rocky Mountain National Park and visit the Bear Lake area for an easy day hike. Bear Lake is one of the most popular routes through Rocky Mountain National Park, and has stunning views year round. Our hike here is a great introduction to the park. We spend the night in Estes Park.
Continuing through Rocky Mountain National Park, we follow Trail Ridge Road. One of the designated National Scenic Byways in the United States, it is the best way to take in the views across the Park. The road is impassable in winter because of the depth of the snow that falls up in the mountains. Along the way we stop for hikes and photo opportunities, so you can see the Rockies stretching out in front of you. Our day ends at Grand Lake where we spend the night.
The town of Grand Lake is set on the waters of Colorado's deepest and largest natural lake. This makes it the ideal setting for a variety of optional activities we can enjoy today. There is something for all the family here, and with the day free, the options are up to you. You could try boating on the lake, or maybe a spot of fishing. The more adventurous might want to try waterskiing for the day.
Continuing our journey today to Buena Vista, we visit the highest town in the United States, historic Leadville. A former silver-mining town, Leadville forms an important part of the history of the prospecting rush in the early years of the USA. What better place for the kids to try their hand at mining for silver on an optional mine tour. Who knows, they might make their fortune here. Our joruney continues along to Buena Vista for the night.
We pick up the pace a little today, as we head out onto the white water of the Arkansas River. The conditions change depending on the time of year. Following a short safety briefing and getting to know our boats, we have the option to split into two boats - the kids can take one, and the adults can join another. The rafting in Bighorn Canyon is ideal for all the family, where we can plunge down rapids. prepare to get wet, its almost certainly going to happen. A great experience for all the family to share their stories from later in the day.
We continue on our journey today as we transfer across to Colorado Springs. A first stop along the way is at the Garden of the Gods. During our picnic lunch here, there is plenty of time to admire the 300 foot high sandstone towers, peaking out through the trees. After lunch, we continue to Pikes Peak, over 14,000 feet high. A train takes us to the summit, with views that stretch out across Colorado. Among our last views in the Rocky Mountain National Park, and never to be forgotten. We end our day in Colorado Springs, where there is time for one last meal with our extended family.
Transfer to Denver where the tour ends upon arrival. Please book all ongoing travel plans after 1pm.