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Hiking Purple Mountain Majesty: Climb Colorado 14ers!

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7 Days | 6 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
A “14er” is a mountain peak that exceeds 14,000-feet above sea level. With 54 to its credit, Colorado has the most 14ers in the continental U.S. During this extremely challenging program, we will attempt climbs of three peaks in Colorado’s Sawatch Range, home to 15 14ers. As a capstone companion program to our challenging Road Scholar Program #9883, “Basecamp: Hiking Colorado’s Mummy Range,” we will attempt one peak per day on three days, an easier climb on another — and a thrilling raft trip on the Arkansas River on a fifth day.


• Learn firsthand about this area and the resident plants and animals while hiking three 14,000-foot peaks.
• Discover the teamwork, challenges, and achievements of summiting mountains in this challenging program.
• Explore the inhabited “ghost town” of St. Elmo and learn of its 1880 founding and mining history.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

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Hiking 7-12 miles a day with 4,000-5,000-foot elevation gain. Climbing elevations of 8,000-14,433 feet.

Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.

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6 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
8 Hands-on experiences


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