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An Aspen Adventure: The Rocky Mountains With Your Grandchild

There’s no place like Colorado High Country for creating lasting memories with your grandchild. Come see why as you discover hot springs, mining history, and nature hikes!
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Program No. 2524RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,999 / ADULT
1,499 / CHILD
Colorado

An Aspen Adventure: The Rocky Mountains With Your Grandchild

There’s no place like Colorado High Country for creating lasting memories with your grandchild. Come see why as you discover hot springs, mining history, and nature hikes!
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,999 / ADULT
1,499 / CHILD
Program No. 2524 RJ
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Age 8 - 12
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Jun 12 - Jun 17, 2022
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Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
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Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
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Jun 26 - Jul 1, 2022
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Jun 26 - Jul 1, 2022
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5B 4L 4D
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At a Glance

Join your grandchild in the Colorado High Country near Aspen for a thrilling outdoor adventure! Splash and slide on the hot springs waterslide at Glenwood Springs and on a white water rafting adventure. Ride through the mountains on horseback, and board the Aspen Mountain Gondola to ascend a mountain peak for a hiking field trip. Plus, meet retired miners and travel underground with them to learn about an actual historic silver mine, and enjoy a real rodeo show as you take in the excitement of the Rocky Mountains with your grandchild.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking up to two miles on mountainous terrain. Horseback riding, rafting. Must be in good physical condition. Elevations of 8,000-12,000 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 Roaring Fork or Colorado Rivers with naturalists floating through canyons and wildlife-birding habitats.
  • Ride by gondola above the tree line, and discover wildflowers and breathtaking views on hikes.
  • Learn about geology and mining history as you don hardhats and explore with guides in an operating silver mine.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 8-12. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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.
Scenic Driving Colorado, 3rd (Scenic Routes & Byways)
by Stewart M. Green
This guidebook offers travel and historical information for 30 visually stunning driving routes, from Pawnee National Grassland of the Great Plains to Rocky Mountain National Park, the San Juan Mountains, and the deserts of the Colorado Plateau.
Colorado's Colorful Characters
by Gladys R. Bueler
Outstanding illustrated narrative history of the men and women that shaped Colorado. Starting with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, interwoven are the stories of the explorers, mountain men, Native Americans, settlers, miners, railroad builders and industrialists. Included are the two major railroad builders we discuss, General William Jackson Palmer (Denver & Rio Grande) and Otto Mears (tollroads and four small narrow gauge).
Tomboy Bride: A Woman's Personal Account of Life in Mining Camps of the West
by Harriet Fish Backus
Just after the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, twenty-year-old Harriett Fish took the train from Oakland to Denver to marry her fiancé George Backus. After the wedding, they journeyed by narrow gauge train to Telluride high in the San Juan Mountains. George was an assayer for the Tomboy, a silver and gold mine at timberline over 11,000 feet high. Author Harriett Fish Backus, describes their life in vivid detail. Over half the book covers their years at the Tomboy; also covered are their mining and milling experiences in British Columbia, Idaho, and back to Colorado. At the beginning of World War I, George pioneered the process still used today to concentrate molybdenum, a metal used to strengthen steel. This is the best book that covers everyday life in the mining camps of the West.
Guide to the Geology of Colorado
by Andrew M. Taylor
A general overview of the geology of Colorado. Written for the non-geologist. 60 color photographs. Two large maps. Book is printed on high quality glossy paper.
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Aspen/Snowmass Village, CO
D
The Stonebridge Inn

Activity note: Inn check-in available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation. 5:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Intergenerational program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Minors are never to be left unsupervised. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the inn, we’ll have a buffet meal with lemonade, iced tea, coffee tea, water included, other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: The remainder of the evening will be at leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Maroon Bells & Lake, Silver Mine
Aspen/Snowmass Village, CO
B,L,D
The Stonebridge Inn

Activity note: Walking approximately 3 miles throughout the day, about 2 miles in morning and 1 mile in afternoon; all on maintained dirt trails and sidewalks. Narrow, easy-to-walk trail with occasional steps in mine, some damp surfaces. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 34 miles total; about 2.5 hours total throughout the day, with stops.

Breakfast: At the inn, we’ll enjoy a tasty breakfast buffet featuring hot and cold items, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We’ll travel by motorcoach to the spectacular Maroon Bells Lake where we’ll enjoy an easy hike around the lake with interesting things to discover. Maroon Bells are one of the most popular and photographed mountain attractions in Colorado.

Lunch: At Maroon Bells, we’ll have boxed lunches.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll transfer by motorcoach where we’ll discover the mining heritage of Aspen with an exciting trip underground to a working silver mine. Expert retired miners will lead the way with lively narration about the history and techniques of mining. We will also see the actual equipment and the underground vein of silver.

Dinner: At a popular local pizza restaurant, we’ll have a variety of pizzas and salad. Soft drinks, coffee, tea, water included, other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. You may wish to enjoy the swimming pool at the hotel.

DAY
3
Horseback Ride, Glenwood Hot Springs, Waterslide
Aspen/Snowmass Village, CO
B,L
The Stonebridge Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 90 miles roundtrip; about 2 hours total throughout the day, with stops. Walking approximately 1 mile throughout the day; mostly on sidewalks. Getting on/off and riding horses; riding about 6 miles; approximately 1.5 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll start our morning by driving via motorcoach to a stable where we will take an exciting horseback ride to enjoy the majestic Western Colorado Rocky Mountains. After a safety and technique session, we will gently climb in elevation, crossing meadows and hills with scenic vistas of mountains and river valleys. The horses and wranglers are trained to accommodate all ages and experience levels. Then we’ll travel to the world famous Hot Springs Pool in the town of Glenwood Springs.

Lunch: At Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and Park, we’ll have boxed lunches.

Afternoon: At Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and Park, we’ll relax and soak in the hot pools, swim in the hot springs heated pool, take a ride on the waterslide, all a way to refresh from the morning's ride.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in Snowmass Village. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Gondola Ride, Hike Above Treeline, Rodeo
Aspen/Snowmass Village, CO
B,L,D
The Stonebridge Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 20 miles total for day; about 1.5 hours roundtrip. Walking approximately 3 miles total, about 2 miles in the morning on gravel trails and 1 mile in the afternoon on sidewalks. Getting on/off gondola for ride up to the top.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: To start off the morning, we’ll all take part in a fun grandparent and grandchild bonding activity led by our expert staff. We’ll then ride our motorcoach to Aspen and ride up the Aspen Mountain Gondola to the top of the mountain where we will go on a hike above the treeline amongst fields of wildflowers. As we explore led by our expert staff we’ll learn about and experience the natural history of the area.

Lunch: At John Denver Sanctuary and Park, we’ll have our boxed lunches.

Afternoon: After heading back down the gondola, we’ll walk from the gondola base through downtown Aspen to a pleasant park along the Roaring Fork Creek and to John Denver Sanctuary where we will spend some self-directed time exploring the park, gardens and displays. We’ll then ride the town shuttle to the Rodeo Arena.

Dinner: At the Rodeo Grounds, we will enjoy plated dinner items; soft drink is included and other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We gather with our group in the grandstand and enjoy the weekly Snowmass Rodeo featuring events for all ages to enjoy.

DAY
5
Raft Trip on the Roaring Fork River
Aspen/Snowmass Village, CO
B,L,D
The Stonebridge Inn

Activity note: Minimal walking throughout the day. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 90 miles total; about 1.5 hours roundtrip, with stop for rafting field trip. Getting in/out of rafts; the raft trip will be approximately about 2.5 hours; distance determined by river selected unknown until day of trip because of water levels.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: The raft company will pick us up at our hotel in a motorcoach and transport us to the put-in site. We will raft (depending on water levels) the Roaring Fork or Colorado River floating through canyons, and wildlife habitats. The rafting experts will direct the rafts and provide narration of the natural sites along the river.

Lunch: On the banks of the Colorado River, a BBQ buffet lunch, soft drinks and water included; other beverages not available for purchase.

Afternoon: After finishing our rafting adventure in the mid-afternoon, we’ll return by motorcoach to Snowmass Village where we’ll complete the prior morning activity with the staff. Prior to dinner, we’ll all gather for a closing session, which will include highlights of the program and sharing of experiences and reflections by all.

Dinner: At the inn, we’ll have a delicious plated meal with meal with lemonade, iced tea, coffee tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase. Continue to share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Aspen/Snowmass Village, CO
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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