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While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
Not just a route to a destination, a Colorado scenic byway is a destination in itself. Experience nine spectacular and little-traveled Colorado highways recognized as National Scenic Byways for their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. Local events, experts, speakers and Colorado backroads characters provide perspective on the real Colorado, away from crowds and tourist traps and in remote areas off the interstates. Take time to relate with the roads and hear the stories of the people who live, work and make homes along them.


• Meet the founder of a living history museum and talk around the campfire about her upbringing on a ranch in the mountains of northern Colorado.
• Journey to Colorado National Monument on the Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway, then descend into Grand Valley to taste local wines of international acclaim.
• Along the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway, view peaks soaring 14,000 feet and learn of frontier prospectors.

Program Notes

Elevation of 4,500–10,000 feet.

Activity Notes

Walking two blocks at a time, through museums and National Park Service sites. Elevation 4,500–10,000 feet, up to 6,200 feet at lodgings.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Denver, 1 night; coach to Craig, 1 night; coach to Grand Junction, 1 night; coach to Montrose, 1 night; coach to Ignacio, 1 night; coach to Gunnison, 1 night; coach to Denver, 1 night; departure.

Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
7 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
28 Expert-led lectures
19 Field trips
1 Performances


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