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Colorado Gold Rush: Past and Present

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8 Days | 7 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.
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.
Experience the present and feel the past come to life from Cripple Creek to the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. High in the Rockies, gold camps sprouted wherever the magical color appeared, often in places more suitable for viewing than living and working. Colorado is still a major producer of gold and has the country’s most magnificent mountain scenery. Join a native Coloradoan on a journey through the state’s beautiful landscapes to meet experts and mine employees who paint a picture of this historic and still-important element of life in the Rocky Mountains. Go inside the mines, visit mining ghost towns and learn about life during the Gold Rush era.


• Explore one of the world’s largest operating open-pit gold mines with an expert.
• Set out on an all-day, 4x4 adventure in the rugged San Juan Mountains.
• Witness the entire process of mining gold from hard rock and transforming it into a gold button through field trips to an underground mine and a historic processing mill.

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Walking one hour on uneven, unpaved surfaces, stairs. Get in/out of 4x4 with bench seats. Elevations up to 9,500 feet.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Denver, 1 night; coach to Cripple Creek, 2 nights; coach to Ouray, 3 nights; coach to Denver, 1 night; departure.

Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.

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7 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners
11 Expert-led lectures
12 Field trips


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