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Hiking Through Time: Anasazi and Historic Settlers of the Southwest

Program Number: 2162RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/8/2013 - 9/13/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Durango, Colorado
Price starting at: $1,095.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Encounter the rich and sweeping picture of the past emblazoned on the archaeological ruins at Mesa Verde National Park, the hiking trails of the craggy San Juan mountains and the streets of Victorian mining and ranching towns.




Highlights

• Led by Park Service Rangers and a Ute tribal representative, hike in Mesa Verde National Park and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park, where you find yourself surrounded by pictographs, petroglyphs and other artifacts dating back more than 1,000 years.
• Relive Colorado’s days of gold and silver mining by riding the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a National Historic Landmark.
• Venture above the tree line during a hike on the Molas Lake section of the Colorado Trail.



Activity Particulars

Hiking up to eight miles over moderate terrain, some hills, well-groomed, established trails. Climbing ladders in Mesa Verde and Ute Mountain Tribal Park; no alternative access available. Elevations of 5,000-10,500 feet.



Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.




Durango

Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts love Durango for its wealth of opportunities to pursue their passions. The area is rich in Western lore, archeological treasures, ski resorts, and a narrow gauge railroad that is popular with train buffs.



Accommodations
Centrally located hotel in Durango.
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Mountain Shadows Motel
  Durango, CO 5 nights
 Best Western Mountain Shadows Motel
Type: Motel
  Description: The Best Western Mountain Shadows is centrally located in Durango, Colorado.
  Contact info: 3255 Main Avenue
Durango, CO 81301 USA
phone: 970-247-5200
  Room amenities: Cable satellite television with HBO® , Microwave, Refrigerator, Coffee/tea maker, Dataports Free local calls under 30 minutes, Air-conditioning , individually controlled units
  Facility amenities: Visitors to the Best Western Mountain Shadows will enjoy the comfort of their many amenities. A tropical atmosphere surrounds the indoor pool and hot tub. Our complimentary deluxe continental breakfast is a great way to start your day. Travelers enjoy the convenience of our guest laundry facility. Local phone calls are free. Our front desk staff will gladly help plan your time in Durango if you need assistance. From rafting to exploring the ancient Indian ruins to riding the Narrow Gauge railroad there are days of adventure awaiting you here.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact motel for information Book reservations directly with motel
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact motel for information Book reservations directly with motel
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in by 3 PM. You will be staying at Best Western Mountain Shadows Motel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Check out by 11 AM. You will be staying at Best Western Mountain Shadows Motel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Acknowledgement of Risk Form
  Parking availability:
No charge
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Durango, CO
  Nearest highway: US 160
  Nearest airport:  Durango
  From End of Program
  Location: Durango, CO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Durango, CO

 

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Durango Transportation
phone: 970-259-4818

   

If you are flying, we recommend arriving into and departing from Durango Colorado (DRO), shuttle service to the motel is available through Durango Transportation: 970-259-4818

 
Driving Directions
  All directions Durango can be reached by driving from North or South via US 550; East or West via US 160; Directions: Motel is located on Highway 550 at 32nd Street.
Elevation Note: 6,500-12,000 ft.

Equipment Requirements: Daypack, water bottles, good broken-in hiking boots, rain gear, recommended list will be mailed.
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: Safety Lecture/Introductions
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 Arrive To: Arrivals in Durango by 4 p.m.
 Dinner: Restaurant meal at 6 p.m.
 Evening: Introductions, safety lecture, go over schedule for week
   
Accommodations: Best Western Mountain Shadows Motel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Mesa Verde National Park
(Monday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: In motel
 Morning: All day trip to Mesa Verde National Park; walks, hikes, ranger guided tours of ruins and features
 Lunch: Picnic box lunch
 Afternoon: Continue Mesa Verde trip
 Dinner: Restaurant meal
 Evening: Free for reflection and relaxation
   
Accommodations: Best Western Mountain Shadows Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ute Mountain Ute Reservation
(Tuesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: In motel
 Morning: Day field trip to Ute Mountain Ute Reservation; hikes into ruins of Ute Tribal Park with Ute guide
 Lunch: Picnic box lunch
 Afternoon: Continue Ute Tribal Park visit
 Dinner: Dinner on own to enjoy varied restaurants of Durango
 Evening: Free for reflection, relaxation
   
Accommodations: Best Western Mountain Shadows Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Molas Lake Section of Colorado Trai
(Wednesday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: In motel
 Morning: Day hike on Molas Lake section of Colorado Trail, 1,600' gain and loss elevation; 5-7 miles RT
 Lunch: Picnic box lunch
 Afternoon: Continue morning hike
 Dinner: Restaurant meal
 Evening: Free for exploration
   
Accommodations: Best Western Mountain Shadows Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Train/Animas City
(Thursday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: In motel
 Morning: Board and ride Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Train
 Lunch: Lunch on own to explore historic town of Silverton
 Afternoon: Options for independent discovery will be offered in Silverton after lunch, a tour of a historic gold mine and mill, self guided walking tour of Victorian district in Silverton with visit to history museum, or a visit to ghost town of Animas Forks with time to hike around the old town and mill sites.
 Dinner: Restaurant meal
 Evening: Farewells, packing, relaxation
   
Accommodations: Best Western Mountain Shadows Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Departures
(Friday, September 13)
   
 Depart From: Independent departures after breakfast
 Breakfast: In motel
   
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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