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Colorado

The Mighty Seven: Colorado’s Majestic National Parks & Monuments

Learn about Colorado’s natural wonders as you journey across the state exploring seven of its most stunning and diverse national parks and monuments.
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Program No. 22961RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,199
Colorado

The Mighty Seven: Colorado’s Majestic National Parks & Monuments

Learn about Colorado’s natural wonders as you journey across the state exploring seven of its most stunning and diverse national parks and monuments.
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,199
Program No. 22961 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & starting prices
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Jun 18 - Jun 28, 2021
Starting at
3,199
Aug 13 - Aug 23, 2021
Starting at
3,199
Sep 17 - Sep 27, 2021
Starting at
3,199
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jun 18 - Jun 28, 2021
Starting at
4,119
Aug 13 - Aug 23, 2021
Starting at
4,119
Sep 17 - Sep 27, 2021
Starting at
4,119

At a Glance

Known for its towering Rocky Mountains and rushing Colorado River, the Centennial State is bathed with magnificent landscapes unlike any other in the United States. Immerse yourself in these landscapes as you loop around western Colorado to explore seven uniquely beautiful national parks and monuments. From the tallest sand dunes in North America, to one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world, discover Colorado’s geographic phenomena with expert instructors, and take a peek into the lives of the natives that thrived off these lands long ago.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walk up to 2 miles a day on uneven terrain with elevations up to 12,000 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore Mesa Verde, the only National Park dedicated to human habitation, as you look into the lives of ancestral Pueblo people.
  • In Rocky Mountain National Park, discover massive monoliths within a vast plateau and a canyon panorama at the lesser-known Colorado National Monument.
  • Venture off the beaten path to the Dinosaur National Monument, and experience its 210,000 acres of colorful rock layers, spectacular faults and deeply carved river canyons.
Featured Expert
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Joan Fields
A Colorado native, Joan Fields has always had a deep interest in the culture and history of the state. She is a member of several historical organizations and has had many years of experience in leading study explorations for various groups. She is a past president of Ghost Town Club of Colorado, an organization that focuses on the preservation and study of Colorado’s past. Her deep love of the state and passion for history brings everything together.

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

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A Minnesota native, Lee Dahl graduated from Mankato State University with a degree in sociology and law enforcement. In 1998, he formed his own learning excursion company and offers visitors a look into the history, birding, geology and cultural highlights of the region. Lee is a member of several historical organizations and is a past president of Ghost Town Club of Colorado, an organization that focuses on the preservation and study of Colorado’s past.
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Joan Fields View biography
A Colorado native, Joan Fields has always had a deep interest in the culture and history of the state. She is a member of several historical organizations and has had many years of experience in leading study explorations for various groups. She is a past president of Ghost Town Club of Colorado, an organization that focuses on the preservation and study of Colorado’s past. Her deep love of the state and passion for history brings everything together.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Centennial
by James A. Michener
Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener’s magnificent saga of Colorado is an enthralling celebration of the frontier. Brimming with the glory of America’s past, the story of Colorado—the Centennial State—is manifested through its people: Lame Beaver, the Arapaho chieftain and warrior, and his Comanche and Pawnee enemies; Levi Zendt, fleeing with his child bride from the Amish country; the cowboy, Jim Lloyd, who falls in love with a wealthy and cultured Englishwoman, Charlotte Seccombe. In Centennial, trappers, traders, homesteaders, gold seekers, ranchers, and hunters are brought together in the dramatic conflicts that shape the destiny of Colorado and the West.
Colorado Scenic Byways Road Atlas & Travel Guide
by Jim Steinberg, Susan Tweit
This book is a guide to the open road, to the opportunities that beckon just around the bend, over the next hill, beyond the far horizon. But not just any open road: this Road Atlas & Travel Guide details the sights and stories of Colorado's 25 scenic and historic Byways, reveals the heart and soul of each route in spectacular photography and insightful essays. These diverse byways shows off the state's extraordinary variety in landscapes and history, from ruler-straight roads traversing the wide-open expanses of the far eastern plains where bison once flowed in herds like dark rivers, to winding routes through rumpled foothills dissected by river canyons and dotted with aspen groves and historic lodges; from bumpy jeep tracks to ascending nose-bleed heights over alpine ridges splashed with summer wildflowers and acid-bright mine tailings; from the surprise of two lanes traversing mountain parks to gravel roads winding between massive walls of red sandstone that hide centuries-old cliff dwellings in the canyon country of the far western edge of the state. This rich network of scenic and Historic Byways shows off Colorado's captivating spaces and lives, both wild and human. Colorado Scenic Byways Road Atlas & Travel Guide is for travelers who prefer winding roads to straight, choose to explore a new route rather than get there fast, are curious enough to stop and read a roadside sign, and marvel at a waterfall, wildflowers or a flock of sandhill cranes high overhead. It is for those who think they know Colorado, as well as those who are new to the state's enchantments. Open these pages, pick a byway at random, and set off on a journey.
The Ute Indians of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico
by Virginia Simmons
Using government documents, archives, and local histories, Simmons has painstakingly separated the often repeated and often incorrect hearsay from more accurate accounts of the Ute Indians.
Messages in Stone: Colorado's Colorful Geology
by Vince Mathews and the Colorado Geological Survey
Introduction to the rocks, structures and geologic history of Colorado. Includes discussion of landforms and geologic hazards. Lavishly illustrated with photographs of Colorado sites and maps. Appropriate for geologists and non-geologists.
Meals
25 Meals
10 Breakfasts
8 Lunches
7 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance:
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
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Sep 17, 2021 - Sep 27, 2021
  • Jun 18, 2021 - Jun 28, 2021
  • Aug 13, 2021 - Aug 23, 2021
  • Sep 17, 2021 - Sep 27, 2021
2 nights
Denver
The prime location of our hotel makes us the perfect home base for your Denver vacation or business trip. Hotel is located in the upscale Cherry Creek area where you'll find some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment in all of Colorado. We are just a few minutes from downtown Denver and the famously trendy LoDo (lower downtown) area. Parking is free for registered guests and in between stays.
1 night
Monte Vista
As one of the world's most unique lodging concepts, the BEST WESTERN Movie Manor is attached to a historic drive-in movie theatre, which means guests can watch movies on the big screen from the comfort of most rooms every mid-May to mid-September, while enjoying fantastic mountain views.
2 nights
Ignacio
Sky Ute Resort is located amidst the rugged beauty and scenic landscapes of the Southwest Colorado Four Corners region. The Resort offers warm colors, pillow-top mattresses, business center, free high-speed internet access, 24-hour hotel front desk and gift shop, 24-lane bowling center, 18-hole miniature golf course, 200-seat bingo hall and more. All hotel guests can enjoy full access to the resort amenities including the refreshing lazy river indoor pool area and fitness center, Vegas style gaming with slot and video machines and table games. With five dining options, there is a venue for every appetite; from casual dining to quick bites to a relaxing dinner at the Four Corners only authentic steakhouse, Seven Rivers Steaks Seafood Spirits.
1 night
Montrose
The Red Arrow Inn & Suites is your home base for exploration. Whether you are coming to Montrose to visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, fly fish our amazing rivers, or just passing through on business, rest assured the Red Arrow Inn & Suites has you covered. Stay with us and experience the difference of an independent, family run inn that cares about the details. Our mission is to provide genuine, superior customer service in an ultra clean, comfortable and unique environment. We have recently set a goal to become the most eco-friendly hotel in Montrose and are implementing new sustainable, eco-friendly practices that help give back to the community in which we live.
2 nights
Palisade
Experience the romance of the vineyards at the Wine Country Inn, Colorado’s first wine-themed hotel located in Palisade. Stroll through the working vineyards that surround the inn, an 80-room Victorian style hotel, which sits in the middle of 21 acres of vines. Wine Country Inn is adjacent to two wineries and a short drive from a dozen more. Get to know our ever-expanding wine industry, popular orchards and local art scene, while pampering yourself with first-class accommodations.
1 night
Rangely
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Holiday Inn Steamboat Springs
1 night
Steamboat Springs
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2 nights
Denver
The prime location of our hotel makes us the perfect home base for your Denver vacation or business trip. Hotel is located in the upscale Cherry Creek area where you'll find some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment in all of Colorado. We are just a few minutes from downtown Denver and the famously trendy LoDo (lower downtown) area. Parking is free for registered guests and in between stays.
1 night
Monte Vista
As one of the world's most unique lodging concepts, the BEST WESTERN Movie Manor is attached to a historic drive-in movie theatre, which means guests can watch movies on the big screen from the comfort of most rooms every mid-May to mid-September, while enjoying fantastic mountain views.
2 nights
Ignacio
Sky Ute Resort is located amidst the rugged beauty and scenic landscapes of the Southwest Colorado Four Corners region. The Resort offers warm colors, pillow-top mattresses, business center, free high-speed internet access, 24-hour hotel front desk and gift shop, 24-lane bowling center, 18-hole miniature golf course, 200-seat bingo hall and more. All hotel guests can enjoy full access to the resort amenities including the refreshing lazy river indoor pool area and fitness center, Vegas style gaming with slot and video machines and table games. With five dining options, there is a venue for every appetite; from casual dining to quick bites to a relaxing dinner at the Four Corners only authentic steakhouse, Seven Rivers Steaks Seafood Spirits.
1 night
Montrose
The Red Arrow Inn & Suites is your home base for exploration. Whether you are coming to Montrose to visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, fly fish our amazing rivers, or just passing through on business, rest assured the Red Arrow Inn & Suites has you covered. Stay with us and experience the difference of an independent, family run inn that cares about the details. Our mission is to provide genuine, superior customer service in an ultra clean, comfortable and unique environment. We have recently set a goal to become the most eco-friendly hotel in Montrose and are implementing new sustainable, eco-friendly practices that help give back to the community in which we live.
2 nights
Palisade
Experience the romance of the vineyards at the Wine Country Inn, Colorado’s first wine-themed hotel located in Palisade. Stroll through the working vineyards that surround the inn, an 80-room Victorian style hotel, which sits in the middle of 21 acres of vines. Wine Country Inn is adjacent to two wineries and a short drive from a dozen more. Get to know our ever-expanding wine industry, popular orchards and local art scene, while pampering yourself with first-class accommodations.
1 night
Rangely
No description
Holiday Inn Steamboat Springs
1 night
Steamboat Springs
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2 nights
Denver
The prime location of our hotel makes us the perfect home base for your Denver vacation or business trip. Hotel is located in the upscale Cherry Creek area where you'll find some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment in all of Colorado. We are just a few minutes from downtown Denver and the famously trendy LoDo (lower downtown) area. Parking is free for registered guests and in between stays.
1 night
Monte Vista
As one of the world's most unique lodging concepts, the BEST WESTERN Movie Manor is attached to a historic drive-in movie theatre, which means guests can watch movies on the big screen from the comfort of most rooms every mid-May to mid-September, while enjoying fantastic mountain views.
2 nights
Ignacio
Sky Ute Resort is located amidst the rugged beauty and scenic landscapes of the Southwest Colorado Four Corners region. The Resort offers warm colors, pillow-top mattresses, business center, free high-speed internet access, 24-hour hotel front desk and gift shop, 24-lane bowling center, 18-hole miniature golf course, 200-seat bingo hall and more. All hotel guests can enjoy full access to the resort amenities including the refreshing lazy river indoor pool area and fitness center, Vegas style gaming with slot and video machines and table games. With five dining options, there is a venue for every appetite; from casual dining to quick bites to a relaxing dinner at the Four Corners only authentic steakhouse, Seven Rivers Steaks Seafood Spirits.
1 night
Montrose
The Red Arrow Inn & Suites is your home base for exploration. Whether you are coming to Montrose to visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, fly fish our amazing rivers, or just passing through on business, rest assured the Red Arrow Inn & Suites has you covered. Stay with us and experience the difference of an independent, family run inn that cares about the details. Our mission is to provide genuine, superior customer service in an ultra clean, comfortable and unique environment. We have recently set a goal to become the most eco-friendly hotel in Montrose and are implementing new sustainable, eco-friendly practices that help give back to the community in which we live.
2 nights
Palisade
Experience the romance of the vineyards at the Wine Country Inn, Colorado’s first wine-themed hotel located in Palisade. Stroll through the working vineyards that surround the inn, an 80-room Victorian style hotel, which sits in the middle of 21 acres of vines. Wine Country Inn is adjacent to two wineries and a short drive from a dozen more. Get to know our ever-expanding wine industry, popular orchards and local art scene, while pampering yourself with first-class accommodations.
1 night
Rangely
No description
Holiday Inn Steamboat Springs
1 night
Steamboat Springs
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