Durango Adventures: Rafting, Rails & Ruins With Your Grandchild
Get a real taste of the Old West with your grandchild as you discover the mountains, canyons and rivers of Southwest Colorado by steam-powered locomotive, Jeep and river raft. Yee-haw!
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Program No. 22413RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Explore the rugged playground that is the Wild West with your grandchild as you follow in the footsteps of cowboys and Native Americans. Climb into ancient cliff dwellings to see how the Puebloans lived and ride the rails back in time to find about Durango’s railroad heyday. Discover the San Juan Mountains, La Plata Canyon, the Animas River and more by locomotive, 4x4 Jeep and raft as your grandparent and grandchild bond grows stronger with each adventure.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Hiking three miles on varied terrain. Short ladders to access ruins. Elevations of 6,500-10,500 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Raft the crystal clear and scenic Animas River, then ride a Jeep above it all in the LaPlata Mountains.
  • Spend a day exploring the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park and World Heritage Site as you learn about the ancient Puebloans.
  • On a steam-powered locomotive adventure, ride the same tracks along the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad that miners, cowboys and settlers did over a century ago.

General Notes

This is an intergenerational program for participants and grandchildren ages 9 - 12. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Courtney Petros
Courtney is a Colorado native from Pueblo. She has a Bachelor's in Journalism and a Master's in Elementary Education. She loves to travel and has taught English in Japan and Australia. When not teaching 3rd or group fitness classes, you will find Courtney hiking, snow shoeing, skiing, road bicycling, scuba diving or rock climbing. According to Courtney, "Colorado is beautiful, and I love sharing all that our state has to offer." She currently lives in Fort Collins with her sweet dog, Maya.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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