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!
Rating (5)
Program No. 2524RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,899 / ADULT
1,399 / CHILD
6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5B 4L 4D
Maroon Bells & Lake, Silver Mine
Aspen/Snowmass Village, CO
Raft Trip on the Roaring Fork River
Aspen/Snowmass Village, CO
Program Concludes
Aspen/Snowmass Village, CO
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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.
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).

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