Driving approximately 150 miles total; about 1.5 hours in both morning and afternoon. Walking about 1 mile total throughout the day; gravel or paved paths, some steps and inclines.
At the motel, we’ll have a buffet with a variety of choices including breads, cereal, fruit, waffles, other hot items, and yogurt, plus juice, milk, coffee, tea, and water.
Leaving Steamboat Springs, we’ll drive along the Yampa River Valley until it joins the Colorado River as we gain elevation on our way to Rocky Mountain National Park. While aboard, we’ll enjoy commentary given by our Group Leader about the natural and human history of the rivers as well as an introduction to Rocky Mountain National Park.
At a picnic area during a stop in Rocky Mountain National Park, we’ll have our boxed lunches.
To cap off our national parks experiences, we’ll then drive Rocky Mountain National Park’s magnificent Trail Ridge Road with eight miles of the 48-mile-long highway above 11,000 feet in elevation. With its high point reaching 12,183 feet above sea level, it is the highest continuous highway in the United States and it was constructed between 1926 and 1932. It travels through several different life zones including subalpine and alpine zones, as well as the largest continuous tundra in the Continental United States. With the various different climate zones, the flora and fauna varieties are almost limitless. As we drive, keep your eyes open for deer, bighorn sheep, elk, moose, bears, marmots, pica, ptarmigan, eagles, Stellar Jays, Clark’s nutcrackers, Rocky Mountain bluebirds, and more. The magnificent vistas display unique, wild beauty and rugged summits of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. We will stop at key overlooks along the way including some short walks to view the tundra and magnificent scenery. Our expert Group Leader will add commentary during these stops. We’ll continue from the park to our hotel in Denver and check in.
At the hotel restaurant, we’ll gather for our farewell plated meal including coffee, tea, lemonade, and water; other beverages available for purchase. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.
At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.