Mesa Verde National Park and the Durango and Silverton Railroad

From a historic train ride to a legacy of mining, from ancient Puebloan architecture to the inspiring landscapes of Mesa Verde National Park, learn the story of the Four Corners region.
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Program No. 1263RJ
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The Mesa Verde trip is fabulous. You stay in one place which is the National Park Lodge and then take a trip to the Narrow Gauge railroad and Durango but the bus ride is not very long. The guides were superb and give you a perspective, appreciation and knowledge that you would never get from exploring on your own.


This trip was so much more than I anticipated it would be. Trina is an awesome tour guide and really brought Mesa Verde to life for us all. The programs were informative and really gave a feel for the life and culture of the area. This was our first Road Scholar trip and we can’t wait for the next one!


The whole experience on the Mesa Verde/ Dunrango-Silverton tour met or exceeded expectations. The time for lectures and for site visiting was well-spaced and diversified and time was well-spent. The tour guides and instructors had more knowledge than they could ever impart and were a joy to have as our leaders. Really a well-planned and executed tour!


Even though my friend and I could not visit the cliff dwellings in the canyons, we thoroughly enjoyed seeing them from the top. And hearing all the history of the park and talking to the leaders and asking question. We especially enjoyed the guest speakers.


This is a great program and we learned much about the history and Culture of the Mesa Verde complex. We will no doubt enroll in a similar program in the future.


We had an excellent experience with a once in a lifetime snowfall that enhanced the environment. Our group leader was delightful and stayed positive even when we encountered “whiteout” conditions. Seeing this national park through her eyes made the visit unique, interesting and most of all fun.


Amazing program in an absolutely gorgeous location. Learned so much about people who came before us. Had wonderful leader and speakers.


Marvelous trip. The dramatic cliffs and canyons and the remnants of dwellings occupied more than a thousand years ago are amazing. While learning about the history of the people who have inhabited the area, I also made new discoveries about myself. Despite the unexpected snow every day of our trip, our fearless leader, Trina Lindig, did a great job of rearranging the schedule and overcoming closed roads. She and the other speakers provided fascinating stories and presentations that created a delightful experience.


Extraordinary program. Would highly recommend. Feel free to use any comments from the survey.


Mesa Verde was a bucket list trip for me, was my 1st RS trip, & had not traveled solo in a long time. The leader Trina was fun & knowledgeable, the group was friendly and the sights were beyond incredible! - a deeply spiritual experience.


Our first Road Scholar tour last year to Chaco with Bryan Bates was excellent and this tour of Mesa Verde led by Trina Lindig was equally impressive. Trina was able to easily convey her knowledge of the culture and human history of Mesa Verde's inhabitants over the past many centuries in an informative and delightful manner. The guest lecture by Navajo artist Jerry Cohoe of his Native American life and upbringing was both sobering and fun. Jerry's art was beautiful and after the tour we went to the Cortez Cultural Center to view more of it. The Durango Silverton train ride and stop in Silverton was fun and exciting. Trina's own personal history of growing up and working as a ranger in Mesa Verde was fascinating and she should be encouraged to write a book about it. We met many interesting fellow Road Scholar travelers which added to the enjoyment of the tour. The final evening with Western/Cowboy music was a hoot. There was a lot packed into those five days and I would not want to change any of it. Mike

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This trip exceeded my expectations in every way! Our leader Trina was incredibly organized & attentive, besides being lively, cheerful & sheer fun. My friend & I missed a day & a half of the 5 day trip, but she managed to squeeze in whatever we had missed. The days were well planned with the right amount of activity & leisure. The educational & cultural immersion that was offered brought the Colorado experience alive in ways that merely traveling with a guide could not have done. And the people in our group! Such a wonderful bunch, we had the grandest time. Thank you Road Scholar! I will be back soon...


Great opportunity to explore a bit of the Southwest Comeready to learn about the people of Mesa Verde


Mesa Verde is spectacular and our fearless leader was exceptional! We turned our misadventures into hilarious stories and our lecturers/storytellers were wonderfully engaging. I always felt safe and looked after in this walk back through time. Well Done!

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