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MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, COLORADO

Mesa Verde National Park and the Durango and Silverton Railroad

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Program #1263RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Robert from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/03/14
Just completed the Mesa Verde in Colorado. It was great in every respect. I returned refreshed and with new appreciation for that part of the world, its heritage, culture and importance. Very well organized by Trina and appreciated by all of us. Nice experience all around.

Frederick from Boise, ID Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/18/14 - 05/23/14
Janet and I thoroughly enjoyed our Mesa Verde Program. This was due in no small part to our coordinator, Trina Lindig. Besides her great skills with people, she provided speakers with terrific experience and knowledge to speak to us. For instance, our leader to the Spruce Tree House and mesa top ruins had many years experience as a ranger and pointed out many, many interesting things. On a free afternoon I took a tour of Balcony House that was led by a seasonal ranger, and I couldn't help but wonder how much better it would have been with the guide we had the previous day. Of course, we enjoyed the other participants in our program, as we always have in the past. Fritz from Boise, ID

Judene from Sandy, UT Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/18/14 - 05/23/14
I had a wonderful experience with the Road Scholar program to Mesa Verde National Park and the Durango and Silverton Railroad. Trina Lindig was an excellent leader, having grown up as a child in the park, and worked there for her career. The Ancestral Puebloan dwellings were amazing, and it was wonderful to learn so much about the history along with visiting them. I highly recommend this program.

Shirley from St George, UT Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/18/14 - 05/23/14
We have been on two Road Scholar trips. We know that they are a great value, considering all meals, accommodations, lectures, field trips, etc. that are included. You could not experience more if you were to try these trips on your own. We also enjoyed meeting other people from all over the USA. Try it. You'll like it.

Avis from Kensington, CT Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/18/14 - 05/23/14
This program was fun, informative, well-organized. I cannot say enough good about our guide, Trina Lindig.

John from Pardeeville, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/04/13
When the government closed the national parks, we realized how helpful it was to have a leader from the area. I believe it was because of Greg's personal connections that we were able to experience the Ute Mountain Tribal Park, which was an excellent contrast to the excavated and restored sites in Mesa Verde National Park. I recommend a visit to both parks for future trips to the area, including a full-day tour of the tribal park. Participants need to be warned in advance, though, that there will be climbing on unpaved paths--necessary in order to see all of the sites.

Robert from Los Altos, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/04/13
Our group leader, Greg, was of the best, and he went above and beyond the call when the federal government closed Mesa Verde. He found an alternative activity for our final day that was exceptional and fit right in with the purpose of the original program. A real test, and he passed!

Roger from Eugene, OR Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/04/13
The narrow gauge railroad ride was Great! I would go again just for the train ride. Thanks

Joan from Placerville, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/04/13
The Mesa Verde Natl. Park & Durango Silverton Railroad trip was great! I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in learning about the ancient Indians and their artifacts.

Richard from Aptos, CA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 06/02/13 - 06/07/13
Our leader of class #1263 at Mesa Verde was the best of any leader I have experienced throughout all my many Elderhotel programs

Donald from Sun City Center, FL Number of programs attended: 28
Date attended: 06/02/13 - 06/07/13
What a great park to visit and learn about the Native American culture and the cliff dwellings. The Railroad trip from Durango to Silverton was well set up and neat. We also enjoyed driving the country side to see and visit two other National parks as part of our journey. Leadership of program top notch! Speakers were great.

Bruce from Whitehouse Station, NJ Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 06/02/13 - 06/07/13
This was our fifth Road Scholar program and while they all have been excellent, the Mesa Verde program was truly "off the charts". It was a combination of lectures and visits to the ancient sites (plus a trip on the spectacular Durango and Silverton train). If we had only seen the ancient sites it would have been terrific. These sites are national treasures. If we only had the lectures it would have been terrific. Before each one I wondered if I would be bored and after each one I could only say, "WOW". And the best treasure of the program may have been our leader, Trina, herself who brought a lifetime of personal experience and wonderful stories into the program. Bruce and Connie

Jean from West Chester, PA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/02/13 - 06/07/13
We had a great time at Mesa Verde with Road Scholar. Our leader was phenomenal with many personal connections in and beyond the park that made our program special. Each participant was treated with respect by every presenter and guide, and the challenges were fun and exciting. This is truly one of the special places of North America, and Road Scholar has a fine program for introducing it.

Paul from Oakland, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/02/13 - 06/07/13
The Road Scholar program at Mesa Verde National Park we just completed was outstanding. The leader, Trina Lindig, was well organized, selected outstanding speakers for us, and, through her long association with many aspects of the Park, made the program somewhat like visiting a friend's backyard.

Joanne from Oakland, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/02/13 - 06/07/13
Just got back from a truly exceptional program at Mesa Verde National Park. The group leader was friendly, warm, knowledgeable, and committed to the Park and the area. She made each participant feel important and included. All the presenters - whether they were bus drivers, park rangers, artists, or guides - were great. They cared about sharing what they know with the participants! Go!!

Raymond from Boardman, OR Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 06/02/13 - 06/07/13
My wife and I just completed the Mesa Verde program and we cannot say enough about the content and presenters of this Road Scholar program. Mesa Verde is a world cultural site and very important to the history of North America. It was presented to us in an informative and factual way. You can count on us participating in future Road Scholar programs. Ray and Carol Michael Boardman, OR


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