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Program #4819RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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. 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.
Experience a hiking adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park, home to emerald-tinted lakes and thick forests of the Continental Divide. Led by naturalist guides, hike the area's unique ecosystems and the heart of the National Park as you observe wildlife and majestic scenery. Travel past glistening streams and waterfalls and above the forests to a landscape opening to the barren moonscape of Mills Lake and the fragile treeless tundra of the Longs Peak massif. A special treat is a drive over Trail Ridge Road, America's highest continuous road at 12,100 feet, where herds of elk graze along the roadside.


• Discover Rocky Mountain National Park’s pristine and less-traveled southern portion known as Wild Basin.
• Hike the headwaters of the Big Thompson River to Cub Lake and the amazing alpine glacial valleys Glacier Gorge and Loch Val.
• Explore areas where elk, coyotes, deer, snowshoe hares and many other mammals inhabit year round.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

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Hiking 8-12 miles a day. Elevations of 8,000-11,000 feet.
March Snowshoeing Program: Participants grouped by ability at a 1:8 instructor-to-student ratio.

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This week explore Rocky Mountain National Park by snowshoe and see the beauty of nature during the national park’s quietest season. Rentals are included but you are encouraged to bring your own snowshoes. Participants will be split into groups by ability. Reflected sunlight sparkles in the snow. Tracks of tiny mice and great elk cross your trail. Daily snowshoe hikes reveal the beauty that is unique to winter. Here are ice filled cascades and waterfalls, and massive peaks with glimmering snow against dark rock. Elk, coyotes, deer, snowshoe hares, and many other mammals remain active in the park through the winter, covered in dense winter coats. Learn how plants and animals survive wintertime using their unique adaptations and keen survival skills. Winter in Rocky Mountain National Park is a beautiful time full of crisp adventures. As Trail Ridge Road is not fully open in March, we will explore those roads that remain open. Activity Notes: Moderately Challenging snowshoe hikes of approximately 4-7 miles per day with elevation gains of less than 1,000 feet Elevation for this course will be approximately 10,000 feet. Significant time will be spent outdoors in winter conditions. Dress in layers and be prepared for winter weather conditions that may vary greatly and change abruptly.

Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
8 Hands-on experiences


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