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Life in the Old West: Outlaws, Ranchers, and Characters

Program Number: 4666RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/21/2013 - 7/27/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 16; 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 6 Dinners    

Discover characters of the Old West, and some modern-day ones to boot! Travel in time with authentic re-enactors as Mark Twain, outlaw Jack Slade and his wife Virginia and two ol’ cowpokes demonstrating their lives and livelihoods. Meet D.L. Roberts, an owner of a 135-year-old working ranch. Travel to the historic Cheyenne Frontier Day’s parade and Rodeo, the “cowboy’s rodeo,” and to the top of Lookout Mountain to the grave and museum of America’s greatest Western Showman, Buffalo Bill Cody. Uncover the West’s authentic legends and legacies in the foothills of the Rockies!




Highlights

• Through professors, historic re-enactors, and multi-generational ranch owner, learn about the colorful Western history of Northern Colorado.
• Spend the day at the “Daddy of em All,” Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.
• Follow the Overland Trail to an amazing, authentically preserved stagecoach station at Virginia Dale.



Activity Particulars

Walking and climbing stairs at elevations of 5,000-7,500 feet.



Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.




Fort Collins

Founded as a military fort in 1864, Fort Collins is a city known for its thriving arts community, active university and Old West history. Nestled in the Rocky Mountain foothills, Fort Collins is a prime spot for hiking, bicycling and rafting along the Cache la Poudre River.



Accommodations
Comfortable and convenient motel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western University Inn
  Fort Collins, CO 6 nights
 Best Western University Inn
Type: Motel
  Contact info: 914 S College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524 USA
phone: 888-484-2984
  Room amenities: Cable satellite television, Coffee/tea maker, Hairdryer, Iron, ironing board, Dataports, High-speed Internet access available in some rooms free, In-room safe, Poolside rooms available.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary coffee, Complimentary newspaper, Year-round glass retractable roofed pool including hot tub and fitness room, Guest laundry, front loading washers, 24-hour front desk, Free parking.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call motel for information Reserve directly with hotel.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call motel for information Reserve directly with hotel.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in starts 3 PM at hotel. You will be staying at Best Western University Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Check out by 10 AM. You will be staying at Best Western University Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Acknowledgement of Risk-Liability Waiver Form
  Parking availability:
No charge
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Fort Collins, CO
  Nearest highway: I25; US287
  Nearest airport:  Denver International
  From End of Program
  Location: Fort Collins, CO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Fort Collins

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
1. SuperShuttle 2. Greenride Colorado
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

DIA to Fort Collins 2 hours total 

   

Reservations required. Participants can choose either service: the SuperShuttle 800-258-3826 or Greenride Colorado 888-472-6656 from Denver International Airport to Fort Collins. Request in advance to be dropped off and picked up at the Best Western University Inn.

 
Driving Directions
  Denver To Fort Collins, at junction of I70 and I25, take I 25 North approx. 60 miles to "Prospect Street" exit West. Travel west turning right onto College Ave. US Hwy 287. Proceed 5 blocks north, Best Western University Inn will be on the right hand side.
Elevation Note: 5,200 to 6,000 feet

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Introductions and Orientation
(Sunday, July 21)
   
 Arrive To: Check in by 4 PM
 Dinner: Residence Hall Cafeteria and Food Court at 6 PM.
 Evening: Introductions and orientation lecture
   
Accommodations: Best Western University Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The Real Cowboy/Western Dances
(Monday, July 22)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel
 Morning: Introduction to the "Real Cowboy" of the West
 Lunch: Residence Hall Cafeteria and Food Court
 Afternoon: The cowboy in music
 Dinner: Residence Hall Cafeteria and Food Court
 Evening: Free to enjoy Fort Collins area
   
Accommodations: Best Western University Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Leanin' Tree Museum /Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum/Western History Museum
(Tuesday, July 23)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel
 Morning: Bus trip to Boulder and Golden with walking tours of Leanin' Tree Museum, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
 Lunch: Restaurant meal
 Afternoon: Western History Museum, Denver
 Dinner: Residence Hall Cafeteria and Food Court
 Evening: Screening of Old West themed movie
   
Accommodations: Best Western University Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Western History Comes Alive!
(Wednesday, July 24)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel
 Morning: Lectures will include authentic re-enactments of cowboys and outlaws. Then meet a ranch owner whose roots go back more than 100 years in Northern Colorado.
 Lunch: Residence Hall Cafeteria and Food Court
 Afternoon: Lecture on Ranching of the Western US.
 Dinner: Residence Hall Cafeteria and Food Court
 Evening: Evening free to relax
   
Accommodations: Best Western University Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo Parade
(Thursday, July 25)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel
 Morning: All day field trip to "The Daddy of em all" Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo and Parade with visit to museum and exhibits.
 Lunch: Lunch on own at the Cheyenne Frontier Rodeo Grounds to enjoy the varied choices of menus available.
 Afternoon: Attend the rodeo- "YAHOO!". Bus returns to Fort Collins after rodeo.
 Dinner: Residence Hall Cafeteria and Food Court
 Evening: Free time to relax after an exciting and full day
   
Accommodations: Best Western University Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Field Trip to Laramie and Virginia Dale
(Friday, July 26)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel
 Morning: Bus tour to authentic Overland Stage Station passing many working ranches
 Lunch: Box lunch
 Afternoon: Continue morning field trip, stopping at historic and scenic locations along route.
 Dinner: Conclude Field trip at a working cattle and guest ranch for a buffet dinner.
 Evening: Final Farewells at guest ranch dining room.
   
Accommodations: Best Western University Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Departures
(Saturday, July 27)
   
 Depart From: After breakfast
 Breakfast: In hotel
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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