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6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
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Elaine from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 08/23/15 - 08/28/15
Don't miss this program. The program leader, Trina, is an inspiration and a delight. The Mesa Verde National Park will enchant you and the Silverton Railroad is a breath-taking experience. Just loved it.

Ralph from Jacksonville, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/17/15 - 05/22/15
This was my first trip with Road Scholar so I didn't know what to expect. But I always wanted to see Mesa Vedre National Park, ride the train from Durango to Silverton and visit Southern Colorado. So I gave it a try. WOW what an experience...it was awesome..you must see to appreciate it all. There were many speakers who shared their passion,love and experiences of working and living around Mesa Vedre, which the coordinator,Trina, a passionate and lover of Mesa Vedre and the National Park system brought together to share the culture and history of the park, together to make the the true beauty and culture of Mesa Vedre National Park come alive. Thanks Trina!!

Gerald from Camarillo, CA Number of programs attended: 33
Date attended: 05/17/15 - 05/22/15
This is an exciting, interesting, and highly-educational program which stretches your mind and offers new ideas and chance to explore some beautiful countryside.

Carolyn from Aurora, WV Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/03/14
Visiting Mesa Verde was the fulfillment of a life-long dream. The leadership of Trina Lindig was outstanding. The stories of her growing up on Mesa Verde added an extra dimension to the factual information. Mike, our tour guide, and Cathy, the bus driver were also very personable and offered knowledgeable and personal stories of the Ancient Pueblo culture and of modern Native American life. Jerry Cohoe, a Native American artist shared both his work and his experiences of the Native American in the white world. Tom and I highly recommend this program. It is outstanding in every respect.

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

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