Colorado’s Best: Raft, Balloon & Ride Horses With Your Grandchild

Set out on the adventure of a lifetime as you and your grandchild raft the Yampa River, horseback ride through aspen forests and sail above Colorado in a hot air balloon!
Rating (4.88)
Program No. 4946RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,899 / ADULT
1,399 / CHILD

At a Glance

Venture out to the Old West with your grandchild in tow as you explore together by land, water and air! Raft down a river through rugged scenery and ride back in time on horseback. Hike to 280-foot Fish Creek Falls. Learn about hot-air balloons, build your own prototype, then soar above the Yampa Valley in the basket of the Wild West Hot Air Balloon! This is a mountain adventure you’ll never forget.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking up to one-half mile, mostly flat terrain; some stairs. Elevations of 4,600-8,000 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 down a section of the Yampa River, experiencing white water rapids and beautiful scenery along the way.
  • Gather by the coral at a local ranch to meet the wranglers who operate it, and meet your new four-legged friend for a horseback ride with mountain views.
  • Learn about hot-air balloons, build your own prototype, then soar above the Yampa Valley in the basket of the Wild West Hot Air Balloon!

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 10-13. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. Hot air balloons cannot fly in excessively windy conditions for safety reasons. Although cancellations happen infrequently, it remains a possibility. Alternate activities can vary based on date and other options available, but in the past have included a visit to Steamboat Resort for a scenic gondola and thrilling mountain coaster ride.
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Ryan Kirkpatrick
Ryan Kirkpatrick is the director of operations for Mountains & Plains Institute for Lifelong Learning and Service, and has led hundreds of Road Scholar programs since 2003. A native of Colorado, Ryan has a master’s in sports science, is a Wilderness First Responder, and a “Master Naturalist” for the city of Fort Collins. In addition, he is an ASEP certified instructor and received his Level 1 USATF Coaching Certification from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He is also a volunteer nordic ski ranger for the Colorado State Forest, and as a photographer is a member of Canon Professional Services.

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

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