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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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Jun 18 - Jun 28, 2021
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Aug 13 - Aug 23, 2021
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Sep 17 - Sep 27, 2021
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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.
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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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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
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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.
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(5)

If your goal is to visit as many National Parks and monuments as possible -- then this is the program for you. Four National Parks in Colorado, third to California and Utah,but separated by distance and Mountains. Being able to leave the driving and guiding to an experienced and friendly team is the way to go!

(5)

My husband and I wanted to see Colorado. This was it! Joan and Lee were fabulous in getting us to places and seeing parks and monuments that we had no idea that existed. It was beautiful and great fun. Five star program.

(5)

A marvelous way to see the state of Colorado that is full of wonder, beauty and awe.

(5)

Such a great trip through our adopted state! We saw some of the "Hidden Gems" of Colorado, like the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument--a place I had never experienced. More surprising places included Colorado Monument, Black Canyon of the Gunnison Natl. Park, and of course, Mesa Verde! Our guides, Joan and Lee were extremely competent--very organized and prepared. And they shared many great stories of historic Colorado figures, like John Otto, Adeline Hornbek, and others. I highly recommend this tour!

(5)

This is an exceptional trip with everything from billion year old rocks, dinosaurs,ancient and modern Indians, gold mines, towering mountains, sand dunes and Olympic ski slopes presented by an experienced and knowledgeable team.

(5)

Before this trip, I had never heard of some of the National Parks and Monuments that we visited, but I am so happy that I had the opportunity to see and learn about these magnificent places. Each place is different and equally amazing, and this trip is a wonderful overview of National Parks and Monuments in the State of Colorado.

(5)

The Mighty Seven of Colorado is magnificent. The diversity and beauty of these monuments and parks are breathtaking. The program is well paced and our group enjoyed the adventure!

(5)

The program was described as the Mighty Seven National Parks and Monuments, but we actually saw several other wonderful areas: the Garden of the Gods outside Colorado Springs, the Ute Museum, the Silverton Historic train, the True Grit Restaurant in Ridgway, the fruit orchards in Delta, the Polish feast/luncheon at Alexander Lake Lodge near Grand Mesa, St. Kathryn Cellars in Palisades, Art on the Corner and Engstrom's ice cream factory in Grand Junction and wood carvings in Craig City Park. We were truly on-the-go for this trip, and I enjoyed every minute!!

(5)

This was a wonderful new tour with a great itinerary and group leaders. I can recommend it to anyone interested in the National Parks and Monuments of the Colorado. I am confident it will prove to be very popular so if someone is interested in the tour they should book it well ahead.






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